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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462515
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Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have been barred from racing—a devastating event for them both. The charge at the secret enquiry? Throwing a race for personal profit. It is a vicious frame-up, and worse, they have nowhere to turn to clear their names. Still, Hughes refuses to take the phony verdict lying down—even though his personal enquiry might have him lying down permanently.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Has] everything required in a modern thriller…an intricate plot that unravels skillfully, mayhem, sex, suspense, excitement, and surprise denouements.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Highly ingenious.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “As usual, Dick Francis is superb in his depiction of the horse-racing world, full of greed and betrayal. Equally superb is the clarity of expression that [Ralph Cosham] brings to the novel…The pacing is flawless.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 11/23/2013

    " What little I know about horse racing I owe to Dick Francis--I really like the way he interweaves his stories. I try to out guess him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Macdonald | 10/19/2013

    " Really 3.5 stars. I do enjoy a good Dick Francis, and I'm bummed that I've read nearly all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 10/5/2013

    " As usual very enjoyable. Francis is the master of creating engaging and likeable protagonists. Not my favorite but certainly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Macpherson | 9/27/2013

    " The mystery wasn't much but the world he created was great. The steeple chase world is so well drawn and the class issues were fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre S. | 7/28/2013

    " A great story about a miscarriage of justice, as a steeplechase jockey is framed for offenses that result in his racing license being withdrawn and his reputation mangled. This is sure to mark the end of his career unless he can figure out who has it in for him and the trainer he rides for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 woody | 5/9/2013

    " Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have been unfairly barred from racing for throwing a race. Hughes investigates who wanted them out of racing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 4/5/2013

    " One of my favourites of his. Never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 9/2/2012

    " Haven't read this one yet. It was good. Short but fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Contrarius | 12/24/2011

    " This Francis novel somehow seems less eventful or perhaps tense to me than most of his others. The narrator, Tony Britton, does a fine job, including good work with an American accent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Gilbrech | 12/21/2011

    " Love his horsey intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 12/15/2011

    " I always enjoy a Dick Franics. I like the horse racing angle. This one was good reading during a long plane flight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace Camp | 9/29/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Dick Francis books. I particularly liked the pairing in this one of the jockey and the snobby trainer's daughter. His couples are frequently kind of different, and I like that about his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hayes | 7/5/2011

    " The "Recorded Books" guy reading it was pretty bad, which is unusual for that company. The story was very compelling. I only "listen" to Dick Francis--I can't stand reading him for some reason. I really enjoy them on cd in the car though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Davies | 6/30/2011

    " A clever and very enjoyble read. It is one of the better stories from the pen of Dick Francis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/21/2011

    " Really 3.5 stars. I do enjoy a good Dick Francis, and I'm bummed that I've read nearly all.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/24/2011

    " The mystery wasn't much but the world he created was great. The steeple chase world is so well drawn and the class issues were fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 4/20/2010

    " Just finished. Think I prefer some of his later ones.

    It's interesting as a writer to watch how Francis builds tension. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 4/13/2010

    " This is one of my favorite Dick Francis books. I particularly liked the pairing in this one of the jockey and the snobby trainer's daughter. His couples are frequently kind of different, and I like that about his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 11/11/2009

    " Haven't read this one yet. It was good. Short but fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/6/2009

    " The "Recorded Books" guy reading it was pretty bad, which is unusual for that company. The story was very compelling. I only "listen" to Dick Francis--I can't stand reading him for some reason. I really enjoy them on cd in the car though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/4/2008

    " What little I know about horse racing I owe to Dick Francis--I really like the way he interweaves his stories. I try to out guess him. "

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About the Author
Author Dick Francis

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

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.