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DICK FRANCIS - PLAYING CARD SIGNED - HFSID 146432

DICK FRANCIS Five of hearts playing card signed by jockey and Edgar Award-winning mystery author Dick Francis Playing card signed "Dick Francis" in blue ink on front and verso. 3¼x2¼ with rounded corners. Five of hearts playing card with black back.

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DICK FRANCIS
Five of hearts playing card signed by jockey and Edgar Award-winning mystery author Dick Francis
Playing card signed "Dick Francis" in blue ink on front and verso. 3¼x2¼ with rounded corners. Five of hearts playing card with black back. After serving in World War II as an RAF fighter and bomber pilot, Francis (1920-2010) became a steeplechase jockey in England, winning over 350 races and earning champion jockey honors for the 1953-54 season. He also rode Queen Mother Elizabeth's horses from 1953 to 1957. In fact, the most memorable moment of his racing career was on a horse, Devon Loch, from the queen's trainer Peter Cazalet at the 1956 Grand National; the horse attempted to jump a nonexistent fence with a huge lead and fell about 45 meters from the finish. However, most people know Francis from his second career as a bestselling mystery author, which he took up after being fired by the Queen Mum in 1957. He wrote 42 crime novels that sold 60 million copies in 35 languages, starting with Dead Cert in 1962. His stories were often set in the corrupt world of horse racing and written in a lean style that owed much to pulp writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. His novels include the Edgar Award winners Forfeit (1968), Whip Hand (1979) and Come To Grief (1995). He also wrote an autobiography, The Sport of Queens (1957) and a 1986 biography of fellow jockey Lester Piggot. Francis was awarded a Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America in 1996 and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2000. Lightly toned and creased, otherwise in fine condition.

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