Discover the classic mystery from Dick Francis, one of the greatest thriller writers of all time
'Runs at a cracking pace from beginning to end' 5***** Reader Review
'Twists and turns all the way through. Silks has you on the edge of your seat' 5***** Reader Review
Geoffrey Mason wasn't terribly disappointed when his client Julian Trent was found guilty.
Despite being paid handsomely as Trent's defence counsel, he believes Trent needs to be locked up for a good long time. He only wishes it had happened more quickly - if the trial had ended just a bit earlier, Mason could have made it to the Foxhunter Steeplechase and fulfilled his long-time dream as an amateur jockey.
But not long afterward, Trent is set free when witnesses and jurors start recanting - under intimidation, Mason suspects. Remembering Trent's threats at the time of his conviction, Mason starts to worry.
And things only get worse when one of Mason's fellow jockeys is found dead . . .
Packed with intrigue and hair-raising suspense, Silks is just one of the many blockbuster thrillers from legendary crime writer Dick Francis.
Praise for Dick Francis:
'As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing' Daily Mirror
'The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish' Scotsman
'Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end' Sunday Telegraph
'A regular winner . . . as smooth, swift and lean as ever' Sunday Express
'The master of suspense and intrigue' Country Life
'Francis writing at his best' Evening Standard
'Still the master' Racing Post
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.