July 10, Saturday afternoon -- Reading Dick Francis

Sunning in front of City Hall
Reading Nerve, by Dick Francis, a British writer and ex-jockey, whose heroes, he said, always get even in ways that don’t involve the law. Dick Francis has written about 30 books and he’s read most of them; he gets disappointed when he goes to the library and they don’t have something he hasn’t read yet. He also likes Ken Follett.

If he were to write his own book, it’d be about World War II espionage.

He’s set for the afternoon. If he finishes this book, he’s got three Louis L’Amour Westerns in his bag.

The book that got him reading as a kid, when he was about 9 or 10, was The Call of the Wild, by Jack London. He read everything Jack London wrote after that, then stopped reading for a while, until he had a girlfriend who was reading Cujo and he picked that up, too, and eventually segued into Dick Francis.