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Banker Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1986


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (July 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449211991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449211991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A regular winner ... as smooth, swift and lean as ever Sunday Express As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing Daily Mirror --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When young investment banker Tim Ekaterin becomes involved in the cutthroat world of thoroughbred racing, he finds his life in business blown to smithereens. For suddenly the multimillion dollar loan he arranges to finance the purchase of a champion racehorse is threatened by an apparent defect in the animal. Then, as Tim desperately searches for answers, he falls headlong into a deadly deal of violence and murder. . . .

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From here, I became a Francis fan.
David F. Cameron
Banker is a tale of a young British investment banker involved in a syndicate financing the stud career of a well know champion race horse.
David J. Gannon
And while the plot was a little plodding at the beginning, it definitely picked up speed along the way.
Cynthia K. Robertson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gannon on February 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dick Francis is a formulaic writer, which is to say that one has a pretty good idea of the shape of the novel before one even cracks open the cover. While this would be a death knell for longevity for many, it hasn't been for Francis. This arises from the fact that his characters are so memorable and the milieu in which he casts his tales so rich and well defined that we totally forget that some of the plot mechanisms feel familiar.
Banker is a tale of a young British investment banker involved in a syndicate financing the stud career of a well know champion race horse. After the deal is sealed there arises a problem--it appears the horse is genetically defective. Our Banker suspects this is not entirely a natural phenomenon and starts investigating. As always with Francis, this leads to intrigue, violence and murder.
Francis' ability to skillfully enter into a wide array of worlds in his novels is another strength--the world of investment banking is brought into sharp focus in a way that makes it interesting--not terminally boring, as one would imagine.
Banker is one of Francis' very best works--the characters are vivid and compelling, the mystery here is more refined than usual, the suspense builds very nicely.
If you haven't yet tried Francis, this would be a great book to start with. It will set you on the path to a lot of great reading!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
"Banker" is a wonderfully ingenious mixture of horse-breeding, investment banking, and gene-altering drugs. The thoroughness of Francis' research into his storyline left me breathless. A definite "must-have" for his fans! One can almost feel the grief for the hapless victims, and the villian (as true to Francis form) comes straight out of nowhere to shock and surprise the reader. Malicious greed is the motive behind the villian's actions; the reader is motivated to keep reading!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Banker" was the first book I read by Dick Francis. I knew he had legions of fans, and after reading "Banker" I understand why. He seamlessly weaves the diverse worlds of investment banking, horse breeding, and holistic horse practitioners to paint a realistic, believable and compelling story. Dick infuses this with minute details that make each of these worlds and characters come alive. His skill as a mystery writer comes through in the story's perfect pace. Dick is patient in developing the plot, which covers a few years, and each episode is carefully calculated to build a tightly-knit, exciting conclusion. None of the episodes seem unnatural. His deliberate speed in developing the story does not make for portions of slow reading at all. Rather, the opposite happens, and the book is hard to put down. The characters convincingly grow and develop along the way; even the minor ones are not hollow or contrived. His plotting and character development, as showcased here, occur at such a sophisticated level that any Francis imitators have a tough road ahead of them.
Shame on the publisher for allowing egregious typographical errors such as "burt" instead of "but," "of of" instead of "of," "what so" instead of "what's so, " or "males" instead of "mares". Dick's work deserved better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly Wagner on March 15, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dick Francis has a winning formula: take a youngish man of about 30, who holds a job that most people would think is boring; have him solve a mystery and prove that he is far more observant, more intelligent, and cleverer than anybody expected. Along the way, have his family, who doesn't appreciate him and takes him for granted, find out that he is more important to them than they to him. And an intelligent, middle-aged woman who recognizes his value and will help him in his future career. Stated in a formula like this, it doesn't sound like that much, but the details Francis gives in each book make it fascinating.
Some people might hesitate to read a Francis book, as I did for years- I thought they were just about horse racing and jockeys, and as that wasn't a particular interest of mine, I didn't bother. However, in most of his books written in the last 25 years, although horse-racing is always a part of the plot, the main characters are in all walks and fields of life, and one does not have to love horses and jockeys to read these books.
In this case, our hero's career is investment banking. Some people would start to doze off at the thought of banking, but Francis provides us with details of the job that show the exciting parts of it, the skills required, and the variety that can enter into it.
When the banking firm finds itself asked to invest in a race horse, Tim Ekaterin, the poor relation of the family, turns out to have the knowledge needed for this risk. He also knows enough to recognize that when something goes wrong, it may not be due to natural causes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Boyer on December 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have every Dick Francis book I have been able to get my hands on, some new, some used. I got this one used and have declared it one of my favorite Dick Francis mysteries. This story takes so many unexpected twists and turns you can not put it down to the very last page. Best of all, it is all about the horses.
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