Felix Francis, the younger son of the legendary jockey and bestselling writer Dick Francis, was involved in the research and writing of his father’s novels for almost 40 years. Gamble sees him taking up the literary reins for the first time as the sole author of the Dick Francis novels, following the death of his father in 2010.
As a child, Felix remembers discussions around the breakfast table being somewhat unconventional. Typical conversations would be about the damage a bullet might do to a man’s guts rather than the more mundane topics of everyday life.
In 2007 Dick and Felix released Dead Heat, their first jointly authored novel, followed by the London and New York Times bestsellers Silks in 2008, Even Money in 2009 and Crossfire in 2010.The latter was published by Penguin in paperback in July and this was the book that they were both working on when racing legend Dick Francis died in February 2010.
Gamble follows the fortunes of Nick ‘Foxy’ Foxton who has a promising career ahead of him as a world class jockey until his dreams are brutally cut short with a near fatal accident at Cheltenham racecourse. Resigned to life as an ex-jockey, Nick is drawn into the risky business of financial investments, but nothing could prepare him for the danger that lies ahead.
Minutes before the start of the Grand National, Herb Kovak is shot dead at point blank range. The mystery deepens when Nick uncovers a threatening message in the dead man’s coat and speculation grows about links to gangland crime. On discovering he is the benefactor of Herb’s will, Nick embarks on a dangerous journey of discovery that will lead him to question whether this legacy is a generous gift from a friend or, in fact, a poisoned chalice…
In Gamble, Dick Francis, the thriller writer, lives on through Felix – something that Dick both wanted and encouraged.
In October 2011 five lucky Eclipse Magazine readers won a signed copy of Gamble, and Julie B wrote in to say:
“Just a quick note to say thank you for the book that arrived yesterday. It really is a superb prize to win as I have a full collection of Dick Francis novels. They are just as good written by Felix Francis and this will now make my collection that extra bit special.”