Silks by Dick 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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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.
Published August 17, 2008 by Berkley. 353 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Silks by Dick Francis and Felix Francis Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Francis's novels have always been collaborations, first with...

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You know exactly what you're going to get with a Dick Francis book – a sure-fire page-turner featuring a stiff upper-lip chap who'll find himself a decent woman at some stage during the book, a clutch of nasty bits of work with violence on their mind, and some link to horse racing.

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Since the amateur races are run on the same courses as the professional ones and the jockeys all use the same dressing rooms, Geoffrey knows most of the professional jockeys.

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