»No question, the world of Dick Francis’s novels is still very much a masculine one, and his heroes embody many of the qualities that define conventional manliness. But their struggles to live up to or redefine them complement the work of women writers and characters to revise the dominant narratives of femininity. Power, autonomy, and humanity are not zero-sum games, but in crime fiction it has been easier (or at least more common) to make that case from the demand side.«
Female Characters in Crime Fiction: A worth reading essay by Rohan Maitzen about women in a Dick Francis novels. Read more at the Los Angeles Reviews of Books.