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Silks
     

Silks

4.3 36
by Dick Francis, Felix Francis
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A gripping thriller."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"One of the most reliable mystery writers working today."
-DETROIT NEWS AND FREE PRESS

Marilyn Stasio
The collaboration between Dick Francis and his son, Felix, has produced another sure-footed winner in Silks. Both the central theme and the story elements of this racetrack thriller are familiar…but this hero's useful perspective brings fresh excitement to a grand old sport.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

After collaborating on Dead Heat(2007), bestseller Francis and his son, Felix, deliver another gripping thriller with a thoroughbred racing backdrop. Soon after London barrister Geoffrey Mason, an amateur jockey by avocation, starts receiving a series of threatening messages from a former client, Julian Trent, whose conviction for assault was overturned on appeal, Mason reluctantly accepts the defense of a jockey, Steve Mitchell, accused of the pitch-fork murder of fellow rider Scot Barlow at a steeplechase event. Mitchell and Barlow had fallen out over Barlow's sister, a vet and Mitchell's former girlfriend, who took her own life just a short while before. When unknown parties order Mason to lose the case, he must balance his professional ethics and his sense of self-preservation. The solid writing and engaging lead will carry readers along at a brisk pace, though some may find the dramatic courtroom revelation of the murderer overly theatrical. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

Threetime Edgar® Awardwinning author Dick Francis's first collaboration with his son, Felix, was the 2007 mystery Dead Heat, which debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times best sellers list. This is his second such partnership, also set in Francis's triedandtrue world of British horseracing. Actor/narrator Martin Jarvis voices all the characters distinctly and believably; with the undercurrent of wry humor and masterful pacing, his narration nicely complements the characterdriven writing. A wonderfully successful package for all popular fiction collections. [Also available from Books on Tape on CD (ISBN 9781415959626 - 9781415959633)
—Don Wismer

Kirkus Reviews
What new angles on horse racing are left for veteran Francis (Dead Heat, 2007, etc.) to explore? His latest hero is a barrister who's also a passionate amateur steeplechase jockey. It's no wonder that Geoffrey Mason's fellow jockeys call him Perry, for he makes his living in the courtroom, not on the track. By any measure his least satisfying case is his unsuccessful defense of Julian Trent, accused of savaging a family with a baseball bat. Even though Trent is clearly guilty, his conviction is reversed on appeal, and as soon as he's released he sets about making his former counsel's life miserable-threatening him, trashing his home, attacking him physically. Even worse, a fortuitous telephone caller demands that the very junior Mason assume the defense of Steve Mitchell, the champion jockey accused of killing his longtime rival Scot Barlow-and that he lose the case, which looks easy enough to do in light of the evidence. To underline Mason's vulnerability, his shadowy enemy sends him photographs of his aging father and his new romantic interest, whom he clearly intends to harm if Mason doesn't play along. And it may be harder than Mason thought to cooperate, since it gradually becomes clear that Mitchell may not be guilty after all. Despite Mason's avocation, the outsider's view of racing takes a back seat to the courtroom sequences. Partnering for the second time with his son, Francis produces a whodunit more accomplished than ever but less distinctive than the work that put him on the map. Book-of-the-Month Club and Mystery Guild main selection

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425228975
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
309,043
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"A gripping thriller."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"One of the most reliable mystery writers working today."
-DETROIT NEWS AND FREE PRESS

Meet the Author

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.

Felix Francis (pictured with his father, Dick Francis), a graduate of London University, spent seventeen years teaching A-level physics before taking on an active role in his father’s career. He has assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, including Shattered, Under Orders, and Twice Shy, which drew on Felix’s experiences as a physics teacher and as an international marksman. He is coauthor with his father of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Heat, Silks, and Even Money. He lives in England.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1920
Date of Death:
February 14, 2010
Place of Birth:
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
Place of Death:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Education:
Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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Silks 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
epic_life More than 1 year ago
It is heartening to see that the Dick Francis legacy of fine mystery writing can continue even once he is gone. The collaboration with Felix Francis is seamless, and it feels like having a conversation with an old friend. No one does better horse racing related mysterys than Francis, and he does not disappoint with this one.
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Julian Trent blames his former London barrister Geoffrey Mason for his initial assault conviction that was overturned on appeal. Mason thought his client got off soft on an overwhelming lost case. However, Trent believes his lawyer did not provide a proper defense and begins sending intimidating messages to Mason. P Although he has doubts bigger than Big Ben, Mason agrees to defend jockey Steve Mitchell against a murder charge. Evidence is strong that a crime of passion occurred as witnesses saw Mason¿s client and another jockey Scot Barlow arguing over the latter¿s late sister who was the former¿s girlfriend Millie when he was married with kids. Barlow blamed Mitchell for his sister¿s suicide while Mitchell blamed Barlow for informing his wife of the affair as his spouse divorced him, remarried an Aussie, and moved with their kids to Australia. Not long after that Barlow was found murdered with the means being a pitchfork. However, to his shock, unknown adversaries order Mason to lose the case or else they imply his septuagenarian father would be battered like his computer just was. P SILKS is a terrific legal thriller starring a barrister with a difficult case exponentially compounded by threats to lose and by Mason¿s problems to focus as he also believes Trent is involved. The story line is a fast ride around the track although racing is more background than usual in a Dick Francis thriller. Although the courtroom revelation seems out of Perry Mason rather than Geoffrey Mason, fans enjoy the latest collaboration from the father and son Francis horse racing mystery team (see DEAD HEAT). P Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Very suspenful and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My hubby got it for me for V-day. It's not what I usually read and it took about 3 chapters for me to get into it, then I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, however, it was a little hard to get into at first. Then something happened and I couldn't put it down. The central theme of horse betting is really foreign to me and I think that is what upset me at first. By the time I had read a third of it I was hooked. I found it very interesting and it kept my attention. I like how the Francis's write and they cover so many different takes of the horse business. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent story of murder, mayhem, and turning the tables on the bad guys to obtain justice.
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harlequinlover More than 1 year ago
I just love Dick Francis and the way he can incorporate so many other businesses with horse racing. This time it is the law. I couldn't put the hardback down and when I got my Nook, I just had to have he book to reread again and again.
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parrotlover66 More than 1 year ago
I love Dick Francis so it was with regret that I gave this review, but this book does not stand up to the standards I had come to expect from Francis.
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lynnFE More than 1 year ago
New character Geoffrey Mason is a Jockey for the love of it and a Barrister to support the love. When the two worlds collide the only ones having fun are the readers. I hope we see more of Geoffrey and his world.
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KRC-NorthernCalifornia More than 1 year ago
Was delighted with the collaboration between Mr. Francis and his son. Such enjoyable reading. Hope they keep them coming!