Break In

Break In

by Dick Francis

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Steeplechase jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister's in-laws turns into a blood feud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101464694
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2005
Series: A Dick Francis Novel
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 7,154
File size: 406 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.


Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1920

Date of Death:

February 14, 2010

Place of Birth:

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales

Place of Death:

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies


Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

Customer Reviews

Break In 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francis writes to a formula, sure, but when he's on the top of his game, it's a terrific formula. "Break In" and "To The Hilt" are the two books I would hand to a non-Francis fan if I wanted them to understand this author's appeal. Tightly crafted thrillers, fast pacing, likeable characters, a smattering of horse-racing dirt, and a plot which is exciting but doesn't fall into TSTL territory. TSTL is shorthand for Too Stupid To Live, a common affliction among thriller heroes and heroines who would rather walk blindly into a trap than do what any normal person would do and call the cops. In his weaker books, Francis builds his big action climaxes around just such stupid actions. In his better books, the plot doesn't need such contrivances, and "Break In" is one of his best.
Carlene Lawson 28 days ago
I have read every fictional book that Francis has written. I enjoy his settings, his characters and phrasing of his writing. A very entertaing read. Recommend it.
auntieknickers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In light of recent events involving Rupert Murdoch, Francis seems prescient in this 1980s novel set when tapping a phone meant someone had to get up on a ladder. I've been noticing that Francis's villains often seem a little too bad to be true, and that applies here. But it makes the hero's eventual success all the more satisfying.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kit Fielding #1: a jockey battles to save his brother in law's reputation, threatened by a vicious newspaper campaign. A family feud between Allardecks and Fieldings makes this especially challenging. This series is one of my favourites to re-read every couple of years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Kit Fielding stories-one of Dick's best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another solid "lazy Sunday" read. Time spent in Dick Francis' world is always time well spent.
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Walked in. His face was covered, and the mask he was wearing said "Isis lives".
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Layed on her bed texting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Dick Francis fan, this is one of his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Night, Mom!" I called upstairs to my mom, my voice bouncing off the walls, echoing around the dead quiet house.<br> "Night, honey! Can you get the dog? Shes outside." She yelled back.<br> "Alright! I love you!"<br> "Love you too!"<br> I walked down the hallway to the back door, the wood groaning beneath me. I unlocked the door, and as I pulled the handle the door swayed open, the hinges creaking. <BR> "Coco!" Coco is my dog, a 1 year old golden retriever. "Coco, babe!" I heard a collar shaking. Wait- thats not a collar! Thats a- <br> A hand wrapped around my belly, but it wasn't a hand I knew. A rough, cold, uncaring hand. Before I could scream, four men were around me. One man hit my chin, I fist flying out of the dark, numbing night. Thr man who had hos hand wrapped around my stomach lifted me into the air. I stRted to let out a screa