Books: The Beaten Track

HIGH STAKES by DICK FRANCIS 201 pages. Harper & Row. $7.95.

Ross Macdonald has his Southern California, Simenon his Paris. In much the same way, and with comparable surety, Author Dick Francis, 55, has made the turf his own. An ex-jockey and veteran of 2,300 steeplechases, Francis has produced a string of suspense novels (Blood Sport, Odds Against) set in the alternately grand and seedy world of British racing—where society's highest and lowest commingle and it is sometimes hard to tell which is which.

High Stakes, the author's 16th book, is built...

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