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Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1993 ISBN: 9780743546164
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Architect and family man Lee Morris never gave much thought to the shares he inherited of the Stratton Park racecourse, the multi-million dollar property owned by the powerful Stratton family. His mother had first received the shares to keep her quiet about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her first husband, Keith Stratton. Now, much to Lee's chagrin, he is being drawn into the thick of the Stratton family squabbles as they wage a furious debate over the future of the race track.

So when Lee packs his six sons into his renovated old bus to visit the racetrack, he finds himself embroiled in a supremely dangerous game that extends much deeper than horse racing. And perhaps too late, Lee realizes his involvement in the racetrack may cost him more than he bargained for...It may cost him his life... Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping.”

    New York Times

  • “One of his best.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A smash hit novel…from a rare and magical talent—who never writes the same story twice.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Dick Francis knows horses, but in this deeply satisfying novel of intrigue, he shows that he also has a handle on architecture, construction, even crowd control…Francis’ deft plotting and sharp characterization are, as usual, on the mark…And as usual, he excels in exposing some of England’s nastier class habits, meanwhile affirming the morality of his protagonist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Francis’ finely drawn characters make an excellent cast for Simon Jones. He uses lightly characterized voices for each Stratton family member—each more difficult, stubborn or pigheaded than the next. The listener gets most of the character development from these voices as the story is cut to essential plot lines…If you've read the book, the audio can extend your association with the characters, if not, it may send you off to enjoy the text.”


  • “The personalities in Francis’ tale are strong and the action swift. Simon Jones narrates well, and the abridgment is unobtrusive. This will do well in general collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Francis’ newest suspenser is typical not only in its racetrack setting but in its doubling of the hero’s mildly dysfunctional family with another family of deep-dyed villains…Francis’ biggest coup here is his success in delineating shades and varieties of wickedness in the superbly monstrous Strattons…This is the most elaborate and satisfying of his recent books—a winner from the starting gate to the last hurdle.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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About the Author

Dick Francis, (1920–2010) a former champion steeplechase jockey, was the author of many bestselling mysteries set in the world of horse racing. The only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best novel, his awards include the Gold Dagger, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the MWA’s Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston, and in 2000 he received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an English actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. Besides winning many AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, he has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, including for top prize of Audiobook of the Year. He was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine and as “Narrator of the Year” in 2005 by Publishers Weekly. As an actor, he has been featured in numerous Broadway productions and has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street remake. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote. He studied at Cambridge University and the legendary Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club.