Front Runner

A Dick Francis Novel
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Series: Dick Francis Novels, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jefferson Hinkley is back in the newest Dick Francis thriller by the New York Times best-selling author of Damage.

In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff Hinkley is approached by a multitime champion jockey to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does he know that the call will set off a lethal chain of events, including the apparent suicide of the jockey and an attempt on Hinkley's own life. Never one to leave suspicious events alone, Hinkley begins investigating the jockey and the races he may have thrown. But there are others out there who intend to prevent his inquiry from probing further...at any cost.

©2015 Felix Francis (P)2015 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Seasoned actor and narrator Martin Jarvis reads with gusto, displaying both his experience and long association with the series, as well as his talent for accents and characterization. Jarvis makes this an easy listening adventure, reflecting the suspense in the plot with excellent timing and creating a wide range of distinct characters that span the whole of the horse-racing scene and the world beyond." ( AudioFile)

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Good read!

The son is starting to get better. I hope he still has a lot of material to write about. The character is likeable but there's just something missing from his inner quality. Can't put my finger quite on it. . I'm sure Mr. Felix Francis will one day get it spot on.

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Great story - kept me guessing till the end

Felix Learned well from his father. The stories examine racing for all the good and the bad.

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A Well Told Story!

This is the first book I have listen to read by Felix Francis. I counted only two extraneous lines in the read, and followed the story completely and easily. It was paced well, kept me interested, and ended happily. A well-told story of the rich and famous. Thank you, Mr. Francis!

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Best narrator

Best narrator -- he should do all the Francis' books. He has a beautiful voice and storytelling ability.

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Not the best

Martin Jarvis is always wonderful but he didn't have a outstanding book this time. The plot was ok, fast at some points and slow at others. The protagonist was a little slow to figure out what was going on, the love story was sappy, and the climax not very climatic.

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Well plotted, well done, in top Francis style. <br /><br /><br />

After keenly missing Dick Francis' sharp, well researched books, this one delivers. Bravo Felix Francis.

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disappointing... my least favorite so far.

Uneven, hard to follow storyline, obvious lapses in deductive thinking... I spent most of my time wishing he'd just state the obvious and move on.

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Pretty good!

Slow-to-build story but good plot line. This is one of Felix Francis' compositions. I enjoyed listening and will listen again in a year or 2. Martin Jarvis is great.

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Good addition to the series

OK, Felix clearly understands his father's formula. at times it was too predictable--I knew exactly when 'the girl' would show up. But the series really needs to come into the 21st century. Women characters need stronger roles! I may try one more but I really hope for more contemporary character development and plotting.

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Silly and tedious

Long inane passages with silly dialogue. The protagonist, supposedly a well trained intelligent agent made foolish decisions that any first year police cadet would have avoided. Where was the editor on this?