Much-loved British mystery novelist Dick Francis passed away today at his home in Grand Cayman, at the age of 89. Not only remembered for his career as a best-selling novelist, though, Mr. Francis was a renowned professional jockey during his youth. Mr. Francis was born in Lawrenny, south Wales, in 1920. His father was a jockey and a stable manager, and at the age of 15, Mr. Francis quit school to follow in those footsteps. By 1938 he was training horses professionally, though his career was interrupted by World War II. Mr.