Dick Francis, Novelist, Dies at 89

Dick Francis, Novelist, Dies at 89 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com:

Best-selling crime writer Dick Francis, who drew on his experience as a successful steeplechase jockey for his racing thrillers, has died aged 89, the BBC said on Sunday.

Francis rode more than 350 winners, and was champion jockey before injury forced him to take up the pen, first writing for a national newspaper as a racing correspondent and then producing more than 40 novels, many of them international bestsellers.

We’ve had too many of these obituaries recently.

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