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Banker von Dick Francis
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Banker (Original 1982; 1984. Auflage)

von Dick Francis (Autor)

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"Investment banker Tim Ekaterin thought arranging the purchase of a champion racehorse was a sure thing--but he ever gambled on getting caught up in murder..."--Back cover.
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Titel:Banker
Autoren:Dick Francis (Autor)
Info:Fawcett (1984), 303 pages
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Banker von Dick Francis (1982)

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I think what fascinates me about Francis is his ability to consider all the aspects of horses and horse raising. Tim Ekaterin is an investment banker who, with somewhat half hearted support from his firm, invests in a race horse. And then he learns why people don't invest in race horses even as he gets involved in a mystery. Ekaterin also pines for his boss's wife. Francis creates carefully woven mysteries with wonderfully real and complex characters.
  witchyrichy | Apr 13, 2021 |
an investment banker whose bank backs a studhorse exposes fake animal healer
  ritaer | Mar 12, 2021 |
Merchant banker Tim Ekaterin works for a firm that bears his family name. The family talent for figures skipped Tim’s father, who was better at gambling away wealth than accumulating it. Thus, some firm members are wary about whose footsteps Tim will follow - his father’s or those of the company’s founder. As confidence in Tim’s ability grows, he is given an opportunity to evaluate a potential investment in a stud farm’s purchase of a champion racehorse. It seems a safe bet, until something goes horribly wrong. Inevitably, Tim will be held responsible for the loss of the firm’s investment, until an even more horrifying possibility emerges. What if the looming disaster isn’t just bad luck? If it’s the result of deliberate action, then a chillingly evil actor is behind it.

As is typical for a Francis novel, the plot is nicely twisty. Francis’s romance subplots are hit or miss for me, and this one is a miss, largely because I don’t buy Tim’s boss’s acceptance of the mutual attraction between his wife and Tim and his trust that their relationship will remain platonic. It’s a triangle not unlike Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot. The book also has a higher body count than many other Francis adventures, and one of the deaths is especially gut-wrenching. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 2, 2021 |
Again, this was a good Dick Francis mystery.
This time it was about narcotics of a special kind. An insurance agent Tim Ekaterin had to discover that a good racing stallion, who now started his service as a breeding stallion, had mostly disabled offspring. What's behind it? A self-proclaimed horse whisperer seems to have a hand in this. He does not shrink from dangerous, even deadly, methods. This applies to horses and people alike. Tim meets a pharmacist who helps him to uncover the tricky case.
It was exciting from the first to the last page. ( )
  Ameise1 | Feb 16, 2021 |
Banker by Dick Francis is a 1982 publication.

A nice change of pace!

Tim Ekaterin is an up- and- coming merchant banker who goes out on a limb to front a huge amount of money to Oliver Knowles, a stud-farmer, to buy a champion horse named Sandcastle.

Tim becomes friends with Oliver and his daughter while learning a great deal about horse breeding, in the process. Tim makes other acquaintances in the horse world, including an ‘animal healer’, a man with a reputation for bringing animals back from the brink of death.

Things are looking good for Tim, career wise, and his office politics are improving along with his success. His personal life could be better, though, as he pines for the wife of one of his colleagues.

Unfortunately, things begin to go awry when a veterinarian is murdered amid Sandcastle’s foals being born with deformities or dying. The race is on to discover who is behind the murder, and to figure out what is going on with Sandcastle’s progeny. The horse is insured to the hilt for everything imaginable- but this- which means Oliver will most likely lose everything…

This book is so different from the ones I’ve been reading recently, I suppose that could be part of why I found it so appealing. The horse world has always harbored a dark underbelly and Francis made a career writing about it. This book is a bit different from other Francis novels, I think, as a merchant banker is the main character, a man who only had a moderate amount of knowledge about the industry, only becoming involved because of the bank’s business dealings. Francis, a former jockey, displays his personal insider view in these books. This novel offers quite an education about the breeding process.

I found Tim likeable and although some of the plot points were a bit far-fetched, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and am wondering why all my Dick Francis books have been languishing on my shelf collecting dust for so many years.


Because I’m culling through my paperbacks, making a few tough choices about what to keep and what to donate to the library, I was seriously considering letting the Dick Francis collection go. Now, I think I’ll hold onto these books for a little while longer!

4 stars ( )
  gpangel | Feb 12, 2021 |
This is a much slower-moving book than most Francises, almost as if he is coming to enjoy describing situations without tightening them into reader-garrotting tension. There are one or two blind alleys too: the knifer is discovered (Tim just meets him socially), but let go without contributing anything really vital to the plot. Leakage of information at the office is similarly cleared up; the story would have been the same without it. And womenfolk, normally one of Francis’s strongest points, are less striking than usual, the bouncing schoolgirl something of a stereotype, the fascination of the chief’s wife stated but not shown.
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Hakala, ErkkiÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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JEREMY H. THOMPSON MD FRCPI
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