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)Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"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)
Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.
As good as any
the storey is engrossing
It took a little while to get used to Tony Britton, but then he becomes the only person you would have reading this
I couldn't stop listening & the end came too soon
Awesome book, well worth the read. Would listen to it again without question.
For the entire book, really enjoyed the book.
yes it was a good book very much like his syd halley books
when he finally get the trent guy
the stepple chase at cheltenham
"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
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.
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.
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.
"Terrible casting for a disappointing book"
The first thing to say is that this is definitely not Dick Francis's best book by a very long way. It is poorly paced and does not have the characterization of other novels. However, this is made worse by the reading by Tony Britton who, being elderly, has a very elderly voice, completely at odds with the age of the protagonist. Always in your head is a vision of an elderly person. If this were not bad enough, the attempts by the reader to impersonate women are truly dreadful. The young woman vet sounds like an old biddy with a falsetto upper class voice.
Don't buy this reading. If you are a Dick Francis fan, buy the book instead. Better still, re-read one of his old books and give this one a miss. I definitely won't be buying any more of the readings by this actor.
"Enjoyable, gripping Francis novel"
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Useful when driving or doing housework when holding a book would be difficult!
The hero. He was well described.
He is good at different voices so that it is clear who is speaking.
The climax in the courtroom was well done.
A well written enjoyable tale with good and evil clearly defined. The world of the Barrister is explored in this novel, both informative and entertaining.
"Completely wrong narrator, a painful listen"
The actual story was a typical Dick Francis (and I have read and enjoyed nearly all of his output), although as with many of his later books it is clear he is writing about a modern world in the UK that he is simply is not familiar with (living as he did for many years in the Caribbean). There is an at times tiresome need to explain in great detail technology (computers and mobile phones) that the characters encounter, when they should simply be the tools of everyday life.
The narrator is supposed to be an energetic young man in his thirties, sadly Tony Britton sounds his age and while an excellent reader is simply wrong for this book. I struggled to get to the end, and found myself cringing on many occasions.
A matter of horses for courses and using a younger narrator who could inhabit the character more authentically would have made a huge difference.
A good story spoiled by an inappropriate narrator.
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