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Publisher's Summary

From Dick Francis and his son, Felix, comes Geoffrey Mason - a defense barrister whose true passion is riding his thoroughbred. Mason's two lives collide when a fellow jockey is accused of murdering a colleague with a pitchfork. Mason prefers not to get involved. But soon he is torn between doing what's right - and what will keep him alive.

©2015 Dick Francis and Felix Francis (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Another sure-footed winner.” (The New York Times)

“[A] gripping thriller with a thoroughbred racing backdrop....The solid writing and engaging lead will carry readers along at a brisk pace.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Boring!

This is not the Dick Francis I like. This was like a poor John Grisham novel. Just a dull boring court case. He has done much better.

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Narrator a bit off

This was an entertaining Dick Francis tale as usual, but the main character who is supposed to be in his 30s sounds more 50-ish+ and was annoying throughout. The narrator provides an excellent performance, just not for this character. In some scenes the protagonist makes some incredibly dumb choices that don't ring true for the savvy and intuitive lawyer he's portrayed in other parts of the book. I will definitely listen to more Dick Francis, but will be more selective.

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Felix Getting Better.

If you could sum up Silks in three words, what would they be?

I have read every Dick Francis book and enjoyed 95 percent of them. Felix's efforts have been decent attempts at emulating his father's style. But they were just not the same. This one really hit the mark of what I have come to appreciate about the Francis novels. I have been to Cheltenham several times so I love when the festival meeting is part of the story. As with typical Dick Francis books this had a teaching moment on other subject matter (British law in this case) and I learned some things I didn't know. Very good twisting plot included made this a pleasure to read.

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Not up to Dick Francis’ standards

Narrator comes across as pompous and story, to anyone who is a horseman is a bit shallow and transparent.

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Exciting ,fast moving story.

My wife and I'm listen to Dick Francis books while travelling. We are fans. This book had a good story and was well read.

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Francis great as always

Never a bad Francis. Felix is a chip off the old block. More please. Excellent.

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not worth the audible credits

The reader was pompous, the hero was a dummy, and the action was slow.

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A very scary story.

I was very drawn to the characters in the story. Especially the main one. His job in the law and his dream of riding horses. I understand his dream. At one time I dreamed of riding them. I also dreamed of being a great artist. Instead, I became a mother of two boys, by two different fathers. But, the boys were a wonderful treasure. So his dreams and mine, were answered in different ways.
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Dick Francis at his usual best.

Loved the story, characters, and the narration. DF is the master at writing gentlemen you love to love.

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Entertaining from start to finish

I read all of Dick Francis' books years ago and am delighted to find that they are as good as I remember them to be. I really enjoyed Silks - great characters and a great mix of horse racing and law.

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