Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Perhaps a more relevant suggestion for the sports noir discussion

From: Patrick King (
Date: 23 Feb 2008

While I've read most of Dick Francis' work, and it's certainly crime fiction, I wouldn't personally call it hard boiled. I'd say Dick Francis is more in the vein of Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, and Agatha Christie than the Black Mask hard boiled writers we discuss here. It does not surprise me that his name has not come up. He writes about genteel people who find themselves in the midst of a criminal conspiracy by no fault of their own, and it's their integrity and intelligence that gets them out of it. Not really the meat we digest here.

Patrick King
--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

> Dick Francis made a career writing hardboiled novels
> about horse
> racing. Come to think of it, I don't recall Francis
> ever being
> discussed here. It has been a long time since I last
> read him, but I
> would bet his stuff holds up well. Any fans here?
> Best,
> mrt

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