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Dick Francis, crime novelist, dies at 89

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Dick Francis, the jockey turned best-selling crime novelist, died at his Caribbean home on Grand Cayman at the age of 89, the New York Times reported Sunday. A native of Wales who served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Francis had a long and popular career as a jockey. After a serious fall in 1957, Francis retired as a jockey and took up his pen, producing more than 40 crime novels, many set in the world of horseracing.