Slay Ride by Dick Francis is set in Norway. David Cleveland is an investigator for the
Jockey Club, when a British rider disappears along with the proceeds from the
race, he is called in to investigate.
Right from the beginning it is a rum case, David has no more than arrived
in the country when an attempt is made on his life. Bob Sherman was a talented
rider, the take from the race was not huge.
Why would Sherman throw over a promising career, leaving behind a
pregnant wife for so little gain?
David’s counterpart in Norway, Arne Kristiansen, is an old acquaintance. David trained him years back and is a bit
disappointed that he let the race track lose the money through lax
security. Still they are old chums and
get along as they start questioning the various people who knew the missing
rider. Emma Sherman is also questioning
everyone, desperate to find her missing husband. The story will take David from Olslo to the
remote village of Finse. Francis
mysteries are fun to read.
When a champion jockey disappears--right before a big race and the birth of his child--Investigator David Cleveland bets on foul play.
About the Author
Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.
He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.
A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.