Dick Francis at Books & Books

World renowned author Dick Francis will be at Books & Books this Saturday.

The author will meet fans and autograph copies of his latest book, Dead Heat. The event is free to attend and starts at 7pm with a cocktail reception.

Dead Heat is set against the backdrop of Britain’s famed Two Thousand Guineas Stakes.

Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the Two Thousand Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening’s disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year’s first classic race with a day to remember.

Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max’s trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name-and himself- before it’s too late.

Born in 1920, Dick Francis’s illustrious writing career began in 1957, after he retired from professional horse racing.

He became a racing feature writer for the London Sunday Express and published his racing autobiography, The Sport of Queens. Sports writing soon led to fiction writing, and in 1984, Dick Francis was made an Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), and was promoted to Commander of the Order (CBE) in June 2000. He was awarded the British Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger in 1965, Gold Dagger in 1980 and Cartier Diamond Dagger for his life’s work in 1990. He is the recipient of four Edgar Allen Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, including the Grand Master award in 1996. In 1998 he was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.