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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,503 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Tim Ekaterin's merchant bank, like all banks, invests only in sure things. Now he is about to involve it in a #5 million stallion. Top breeders reckon it's the safest bet in racing, but racing is riddled with dubious dealmakers - people to whom no bet is safe until it's paid in blood.
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Published February 1st 1984 by MacMillan General Books (first published 1982)
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Martina
Mar 22, 2012 Martina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/thriller lovers of all ages
Shelves: crime, thriller
It seems to me that I am, slowly but surely, becoming a Dick Francis fan. After "Reflex", "Banker" came next on my list. Here are my thoughts after reading the novel.

The composition of this novel mirrors that one of "Reflex", in terms of slowly unfolding plot. However, unlike "Reflex", "Banker" spans over the time period of three years. But thanks to Mr. Francis' polished writing, the transitions between the years are smooth, and the final product is a well-paced novel. The events at the beginn
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Jerry
One of his best books, lovable characters, great plot...

We have read every Dick Francis novel, some forty (!) in all. We marvel at the author's ability to endear the lead characters to the reader within just a few pages. While our hero is always a man, it is always a man men would like to be like, and women would like to find! Ted Ekaterin is no exception -- while he works in an investment bank, making daily decisions on big business loans, he is all of humble, courteous and pleasant, sensitive,
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Harry
What is there to say about Dick Francis? As I think about all of his books (yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I've read them all) I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society - either directly or indirectly. The heroes aren't always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.

But more tha
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Jaime
In Banker, Dick Francis is able to take two things I know very little about — merchant banking and thoroughbred breeding — and twist them together in such a way that I can’t put the book down. I always find reading Francis to be effortless. He pulls me in from the start with an unusual situation. Young banker Tim Ekaterin finds his boss standing in the fountain in front of the bank with his clothes on. This situation is what leads to Tim being responsible for deciding whether or not the finance ...more
Eva
Tim Ekaterin is a young, rising, merchant banker. His days are spent deciding which business ventures to lend money to. Doesn't that sound dull? After careful consideration and research, he crafts a very large loan enabling a stud farmer to purchase a champion race horse for breeding. As the introduction begins, "It's difficult to say where disaster begins..." and all great novels deal in disasters. Tim finds himself working desperately to save the bank's money and learns a great deal more about ...more
Nancy Herkness
I just re-read (probably for the fourth or fifth time) BANKER by Dick Francis and was struck again by what a terrific book it is. Tim Ekaterin is a merchant banker who approves a large loan to a stud farm to purchase a high-priced stallion. Of course, bad things happen and he discovers what they are and who perpetrated them. The book is set less in the horse world than in the world of British banking and yet I still loved it.

Tim is one of Francis' most intriguing characters: the grandson of the
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Stephanie
Oct 08, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is DF's second best book, to date (Proof is arguably the best). Certainly, it is the one most different from his previous books although, like all the rest, horse racing figures prominently. The basic plot is that a man with a whole lot of ex-wives is murdered. Which ex-wife did it? Read and find out.
Christine Kraft
I love this book! Good story, good writing, and comfortable.
Contrarius
Banker is another fine entry in the Francis series. This one is a bit longer than many other Francis books -- 10 hours in audio format, rather than the average 7 or 8 -- and the first half of the book (a full 5 hours in audio) has very little mystery in it at all. Banker takes its own sweet time building the background and wandering through the life of the main character. In fact, this slow buildup should tell the reader that the mystery may not actually be the most important part of the book at ...more
Gary Burke
Dick Francis books are always a good read! I haven't disliked any of his books yet, and I have read almost all of them.

His main character is always likeable, easy going, yet comes through when he finds himself is a tricky situation. Which always seems to happen. He also includes background information on some aspect of the environment in which the story takes place - usually around horses.

So it is no surprise that Banker gets 5 stars. The story is typically horse related (which one always expect
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Linda Riebel
I adore Dick Francis’s novels. They are brilliantly plotted, feature likeable and resourceful heroes, and have satisfying denouements. As a retired jockey, Francis located ALL his books in or around the world of horse racing. This narrow universe fortunately doesn’t interfere with one’s pleasure in the plot and characters.

In fact, I read so many of them (repeatedly) that a friend thought I was interested in horse racing! Anyway, I took Dick Francis as my model when I started writing fiction, an
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Diana
Banker / Dick Francis ****

Tim Ekaterin works in a merchant bank in London. A merchant bank is not a regular bank as we think of it but a financial institution which loans large sums of money to fledgling and established businesses. The story gives the reader a peek into the financial world, a “feel” for high finance and how loan decisions are made . The story is also centered around horse racing and the breeding of prime quarter horses destined to become grand champions . Of course, it is a murd
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Michelle
Dick Francis was the master of writing the everyman hero: ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations. It's part of the appeal for me. He always found a way to combine an interesting topic with characters you could root for, and worked them seamlessly into the world of horse racing. This time, we step into the world of finance with merchant banker Tim Ekaterin. As Tim takes on more responsibility at his family's banking house to cover for a sick colleague, he takes a chance on financing ...more
Karen
I really do not know why I liked this as well as I did, but I did. The ending was kind of to good to be true all of a sudden. but my twisted mind went what? and was kind of suspicious.This is the first I've read of this author. Will read another. Was supposed to be a suspenseful mystery, but wasn't really much of that. Somehow though I found it refreshing. could be just because it was British.
LJ
BANKER - Ex
Francis, Dick - 21st book

Tim Ekaterin's merchant bank, like all banks, invests only in sure things. Now he is about to involve it in a 5 million stallion. Top breeders reckon it's the safest bet in racing, but racing is riddled with dubious dealmakers - people to whom no bet is safe until it's paid in blood.

What I remember most is flying kites. I so enjoyed this book.
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Vikas Rathore
Well banker is a very knowledgeable novel. It is full of mysterys , crime, etc.. The beauty(uniqueness) of this novel is that its narrated by a banker. This novel centre around horse racing which is I think the best topic for novelist.I like it because it provides me a brief knowledge in new sectors which i could think was beyond my practise. In this the mystery opens with chemicals and their uses. Many compounds have been given specific purposes. Then a detailed knowledge about horse racing is ...more
Chris
Banker is a strange Francis novel for it seems, it feels, as if it lacks originality, at least in the character of Tom. The scenes with Tom and Judith are well written, and there are some wonderful lines. The ending, however, seems too pat.
Michelle
Dick Francis was the master of writing the everyman hero: ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations. It's part of the appeal for me. He always found a way to combine an interesting topic with characters you could root for, and worked them seamlessly into the world of horse racing. This time, we step into the world of finance with merchant banker Tim Ekaterin. As Tim takes on more responsibility at his family's banking house to cover for a sick colleague, he takes a chance on financing ...more
Kate
Not as fast paced as other Francis novels, but gripping just the same. How does he do that?
Sara Diane
This is both typical Francis and yet, in a way, untypical. The story spans over three years, which is different, but we still have a the very likeable main character (Tim), we have a devious crime, we have much danger and harm coming to our beloved MC, and we have horse racing and breeding. And of course, a love interest.

I enjoyed this one, even though the longer passage of time made it a bit harder to engage (I hate feeling like I'm missing chunks of the time), but it was still a good one and I
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Suzanne Moore
Tim Ekaterin is a banker who finances the purchase of Sandcastle, a champion stud racehorse. Sandcastle’s new owner, Oliver Knowles, makes a fortune breeding the stallion. When Sandcastle’s offspring are born, they are discovered to have severe abnormalities. This dramatically decreases the value of Oliver’s investment, and puts him in danger of losing everything. Things go from bad to worse when Ginnie, Oliver’s daughter is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Dick Francis adds mystery wh ...more
Nancy Schober
The murder and mayhem in this was so heartbreaking that I found it hard to read. The characters weren't as well drawn as in some of his other novels. But of course once started I had to finish to find out 'who done it'. Methinks Francis grows so fond of his made up characters - and maybe grateful for his livelihood?- that he feels obligated to give them a happy ending. That's find by me no matter how implausible.
Liz
I own almost all the Francis books; they are my go to when none of the new books are really feeling right at that time; so I go a re-read Francis. Plus right now am sorting/weeding books and reaching F made me remember how much I enjoy his books--may have to re-read some more.
What I like about Dick Francis is that no matter how often I read the books, I still get enjoyment from the stories.
Charlene C
I was really torn as to what rating to give this one. The storyline was good, but a predictable towards the end, and there was a side story that I could have done without...telling the details would be a spoiler, but it was unnecessary and had a really corny resolution...but overall, the plot was good enough that it didn't really deserve only 2 stars.
Kate  K. F.
Banker is Dick Francis at his best as it follows Tim Ekaterin's life as it becomes more complicated due to learning about the world of stud farms and as he's given more responsibility at his family's bank. I don't want to share many details of the plot, but I appreciated how this story was spread out over the course of a few years. Normally his books happen in a few months or even a few weeks or day. The longer period of time in this one made sense for the plot but also worked to see friendships ...more
Bruce
Tim Ekaterin works at a merchant bank. He is promoted to director and one of the first major loans he works on is for a stud farmer owner who wants to buy a prized stallion for stud for 5 million pounds. There are problems and Tim tries to help solve the puzzle to save the bank and the stud farm owner. Certainly a different novel and plot, but pretty slow to get going. No language.
Polloplayer
This book is better than its cover. Looks like a throwaway but is quite well-crafted and provides fascinating insights into the world of thoroughbred racing.
J
Characters were well developed throughout as two aspects were gently threaded together. Each page was another suprise.
Tom
It is difficult to say where disaster begins, to point towards one particular happening as the first definite step towards distant cataclysm. Looking back, Tim Ekaterin sees the beginning as the day his boss stepped into a fountain. Onwards from there, he comes across people and events as yet unconnected but which, when woven together by time and chance, leads towards violent explosive action and the threat of death. Set in the worlds of thoroughbred racing and merchant banking, the story covers ...more
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Dick Francis CBE (born Richard Stanley Francis) was a popular British horse racing crime writer and retired jockey.

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