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RIP Dick Francis

The Guardian obit is here.

When I was in my twenties I cut a swathe through all his books. There was something comforting about them, with their tough but sensitive heroes and good triumphing over the baddies. They could be quite nastily violent - I still remember one person having his hand broken and one plot that involved those cattle guns that featured in No Country for Old Men.

Sometimes my own taste in books surprises me.

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mamculuna
Feb. 14th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I read probably the first twenty or so, and then lost the taste, but it was fun. Good side plots with little glances at various technology, occupations, etc.
heleninwales
Feb. 14th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
That's sad news, though of course he was a good age. I have a soft spot for the Dick Francis thrillers. Despite the occasional violence, they are somehow conforting as the good guy does win through at the end.
sartorias
Feb. 14th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
He was one heck of a writer.
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