Once a blacksmith, now famous and respected as a newspaperman, Valentine Clark knows everyone who is anyone in the racing world. Aged, confused, blind and dying, he harbours a daunting secret that he is desperate to be rid of.
He makes last confession to his visiting film-director friend, Thomas Lyon, whom in his delirium he mistakes for a priest. Unburdened and at peace, Valentine passes away, yet his legacy remains, guarded by Thomas.
On location in Newmarket, Thomas is troubled by the old man's secret. Seeking to understand this puzzling revelation, he uncovers a long-unsolved mystery that he soon finds is very much unforgotten. But as much as he wants to learn more, it seems he already knows too much. Imaginative and decisive though he may be, he will need superhuman courage and extreme cunning to stay alive.
©1994 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Nothing short of dazzling." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another winner from this popular writer." (AudioFile)
As with most of his novels, Dick Francis chooses a subsidiary theme in addition to that of horse racing. In this case, he chooses two: film making, and knives. Both are extraordinary - gripping and full of inside knowledge.
As usual, the central character is honest and likeable. He goes out of his way to care for the vulnerable, even though his own life is in the balance.
Dick Francis's love for, and special relationship with horses is evident as usual. His description of the filming of the wild horses at dawn is beautiful, and very moving. All in all, this is a really smashing book. Highly recommended!
As always Dick Francis writes a gripping thriller. I found it very difficult to stop listening to this as the tension built up. Tony Britton has the perfect voice to listen to and manages to change his voice for each character which adds to the enjoyment of the story.
Ingenious, cleverly developed storyline typically Frances. As always superbly read by Tony Britton. Highly recommended
A bit slow to get going but excellently narrated, healthy dose of all things horsey, consistent character development, and a strong finish. Another enjoyable book by Dick Francis.
This book shows how a mystery can twist & turn nearly to the end. It demonstrates how a film does not always become an accurate portrayal of the novel.
An excellent listen with expressive reading of the book.
I am a Cussler & Francis fan, with N.Roberts & thrillers thrown in. Audiobooks keep me sane when doing housework or driving long distances
I could listen to Tony Britton forever. everything comes alive under his narration. Other narrators should take lessons
"You have to love a good Francis novel."
As with many Francis novels it would rank above average. Keeps you thinking.
Kept you thinking,, kept my interest wondering what would come next.
yes probably dick francis books are rereadable and are a good listening book
the racing scene seem to hold a lot of corruption and secrets the books incline
yes he seems to have a knowledge of the racing and jockey life
not much he seems to bring the book together
"Another Dick Francis Classic"
Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.
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