To the Hilt Summary
Plotting is the most important aspect of detective fiction, with character next in order of significance. Thematic content normally is at a minimum, except for the omnipresent conflict between good and evil, the central role of acquisitiveness as a cause of the downfall of people, and the evil or trouble that lurks behind a facade of civilized morality. All of these generic themes are present in To the Hilt, with the usual Francis variations upon them, but the third is a focal one.
Throughout the novel, the truth, people, and objects are hidden, disguised, or missing; in addition, people and things are not what they seem to be. Sir Ivan desperately wants the King Alfred Gold Cup race to be run so the public and his customers would not suspect that his brewery is insolvent and on the verge of collapse. He stashes away the real trophy for...
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To the Hilt Short Guide
Dick Francis Biographies (4)
12,769 words, approx. 43 pages
Biography EssayAuthor of twenty-nine novels, which have been translated into nearly two dozen languages and which have sold more than twenty million copies, Dick Francis is unequaled at making horse r...
4,044 words, approx. 14 pages
Mystery writing powerhouse Dick Francis first came to the public eye as a victim in one of the most unusual sports mishaps of the century. The incident happened just after Francis, then a jockey, and ...
13,884 words, approx. 47 pages
[This entry was updated by Gina Macdonald (Loyola University) from her entry in the Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, volume 8, pp. 107-127.]Author of thirty-six novels, which have bee...
6,188 words, approx. 21 pages
Raised in a family of jockeys, Dick Francis rode professionally for ten years, became Champion Jockey in 1954 and nearly won the Grand National on the Queen Mother's horse, Devon Loch. Mystery still s...