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Summary

When defence barrister Geoffrey Mason hears the judge’s verdict, he quietly hopes that a long and arduous custodial sentence will be handed down to his arrogant young client. That Julian Trent only receives eight years seems all too lenient. Little does Mason expect that he’ll be looking Trent in the eyes again much sooner than he’d ever imagined.

Setting aside his barrister’s wig, Mason heads to Sandown to don his racing silks. An amateur jockey, his true passion is to be found in the saddle on a Thoroughbred, pounding the turf in the heat of a steeplechase. But when a fellow rider is brutally murdered – a pitchfork driven through his chest – Mason’s racing life soon becomes all too close to his working life. The prime suspect is one of their brethren, champion jockey Steve Mitchell; the evidence is overwhelming.

Mason is reluctant to heed Mitchell’s pleas for legal advice – but soon he finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of threat and intimidation. Mason is left fighting a battle of right and wrong, and more immediately, a battle of life and death ... his own.

©2008 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Another sure-footed winner." ( The New York Times)
"A gripping thriller." ( Publishers Weekly)
"One of the most reliable mystery writers working today." ( The Detroit News)

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Good enough story. Narrator many years too old.

The character is supposed to be a dynamic, tough and moderately young man. The story is good enough but not up to the standard of most of Dick Francis' books. However, Tony Britton is regrettably much too old to read this as a first person narrator. He reads well enough but his voice is that of an old man. It just doesn't work and grates on the nerves because the actions described are not credible for an old man.

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Breathless

This audiobook suffers from what is becoming a quite common problem at the moment. The story is in the first person, told by a character who is 36 years old, but the actor narrating is actually 86 years old, and quite breathless at times. It makes listening to the story an unconvincing experience, particularly during the action sequences, and it seems the publishers should be paying more attention to their casting for first-person narratives, rather than sticking with old favourites.

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Silks

I agree with the previous reviewer, the story was ruined by the narrator. Trying to imagine this voice to be that of a 36 year old man was impossible; it acted as an irritant throughout the audio book.

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absolutely terrible book

This is the worst book I have ever had on Audible, the reader was completely unsuitable for the characters he was to portray, everybody sounded as though they were over 65 and on their last legs, the plot is about a young man, age 36 and his tedious investigation of a murder on behalf of the accused. The long and bored explanation s of legal proceedures and racing rules drove us to making sacastic comments as we listened in the car on our Summer holiday. The very predictable villian was obvious very early on and the stupid behaviour of the main character was unbelievable. The romantic interest started off quite well but quickly the young lady became as stupid and long winded as her man. I usually quite enjoy Dick francis but this is appalling and would beg you not to waste your money or credit on this boring long and extremely irritating book

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Probably The Worst of Dick Francis.

Probably the worst Dick Francis novel, albeit with an assist from Felix Francis. How can anyone remain interested in such a repetitive, patronising text, a third of which is taken up by overwritten explanations of nearly irrelevant information about the rules of racing and judicial procedures. The number of times one has to apply the 'willing suspension of disbelief' shows a naivety in the writing and weakens the plot. As for the the characterrization, half of them sound like pantomime dames who are suffering from a surfeit of alcohol after attending a booze up in a retirement home. Also, given the fact that half them are comparatively young, what on earth is an aged actor doing narrating this novel, squawking and slurring his way through the text?

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Good tale

Having read all Dick Francis' novels, I was curious how he could write any new ones. Turned out to be a great story, in keeping with all the previous books. Congratulations to Felix for continuing his father's great work.

Only complaint. ...as good as Tony Britten was, the old voice didn't suit the character.

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Usual good read

Nothing unexpected here - but very well read and a gripping listen as always. A page-turner.

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Gripping plot, mismatched narrator!

Great plot and sensitively read; but why didn't the publisher choose a narrator of an appropriate age?! The main character was 36 yet the voice was nearer 66, with all the other characters equally creaky and wheezy!

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Poor narration

The reader has obviously never listened to a woman speak. The woman are all portrayed as talking in a silly high pitched squeak, which is totally infantile and detracts from the complexity of the story .

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brilliant

great storying telling as ever by the master one of his best,none stop action thrilling

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  • 10-10-11

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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  • warwick
  • 25-03-12

Just Brilliant

Where does Silks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As good as any

What did you like best about this story?

the storey is engrossing

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

It took a little while to get used to Tony Britton, but then he becomes the only person you would have reading this

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I couldn't stop listening & the end came too soon

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  • Doug Wilkie
  • 17-08-14

Another good book by Francis.

Would you listen to Silks again? Why?

Awesome book, well worth the read. Would listen to it again without question.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

For the entire book, really enjoyed the book.

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  • Tracey
  • 02-08-14

silks

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes it was a good book very much like his syd halley books

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silks?

when he finally get the trent guy

Which scene was your favorite?

the stepple chase at cheltenham

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  • MysteryL
  • 31-01-13

Skip this

The sins of the son are are visited on the father in this case. This story lacks the charm of Dick Francis's books, I'll pass on any others written by Felix.