• by Dick Francis, Felix Francis
  • Narrated by Tony Britton
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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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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- Stuart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2009
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.