Crime writers who focus on horse racing are a rare breed, but among them, there’s just one hands-down winner—Dick Francis. For Silks, the retired jockey, three-time Edgar® Award-winner and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master once again teams up with his son, Felix, to give readers a thrill-a-minute ride with a big payoff.
Defense barrister Geoffrey Mason knows from the first that accepting the case file of Julian Trent is a mistake. It’s not just that he’s certain his thuggish young client is guilty of attempted murder. It’s also that the lengthy trial may foil Mason’s longed-for chance to ride in the Foxhunter Steeplechase.
An amateur jockey, Mason’s true passion is pounding the turf in the saddle of a thoroughbred, Sandeman. And so he’s eager to get to Sandown to don his riding silks. But when a fellow rider is brutally murdered with a pitchfork through his chest, Mason’s racing life and working life converge.
All evidence points to champion jockey Steve Mitchell, who wants Mason’s legal advice, but Mason doesn’t want to get involved. Then two things happen: He’s attacked by an unexpectedly released Julian Trent and he receives a threatening message: Take the Mitchell case—and lose it.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group, Mbr Penguin Putnam ( August 26, 2008 )
Item #: 12-608868
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.813inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
It was very good as all his books are.
Reviewer: Jo S
I have read every book this author has written, most of them 3 or 4 times. Couldn't put it down. A couple of his last ones had not had the same impact as his earlier works. I'm glad to say this had the punch that had been missing from those two. I'm glad to see his son Felix taking up the mantle. I certainly hope he continues now that his dad has passed away.
Reviewer: Fay B
It's not up to the standard of the previous Dick Francis novels. Gone is the precise, tightly written scenes. Lots of extra descriptions, perhaps to pad the pages?
Reviewer: Margo H