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Dick Francis, R.I.P.

Dick Francis, well-known author died at the age of 89 on Sunday, February 14. The author of best-selling mysteries, frequently involving horse racing, Mr. Francis was named to the Order of the British Empire and later made a commander. He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America three times and was made a grand master, the group’s highest honor, in 1996. He also received the Diamond Dagger award, the highest honor of the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain, in 1990. Sport of Queens Mr. Francis' autobiography tells of his early days as a jockey for the Royal Family.