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BOOK REVIEW: SILKS
BY DICK FRANCIS AND FELIX FRANCIS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



In their second collaboration, father and son team Dick and Felix Francis again enter the world of horse racing with Silks. While readers will immediately make the connection of the term “silks” to the racing world, those unfamiliar with the British legal system may not be so quick to associate the term with English courts. “Silks” refers not only to the garments of jockeys, but to the senior most defense attorney as well. The term makes the perfect title for this book as the reader is drawn into both world of jockeys and the British legal system.

Geoffrey Mason may have held the childhood dream of being a jockey, but when nature took it's coarse and he found himself too large to be a professional jockey, he went on to become a barrister. However, he found a way to live out his love of horse racing by not only owning racehorses, but racing as an amateur jockey. 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. When unpopular jockey Scot Barlow is murdered and fellow jockey Steve Mitchell is accused, Mitchell turns to Geoffrey for help. Thus Geoffrey's two worlds are joined.

There are some interesting twists in this book. The murder turns out to be connected to an old case of Geoffrey's, the victim's sister died in a presumed suicide not long before, and in the end one of the fundamental rules of racing comes in to play. All of these help tie the story together and give the plot it's depth.

The court room scenes are entertaining, though the “Perry Mason” type ending to the trial seems a bit out of place in an English courtroom. And the violence, though not necessarily more than in other Francis novels, seems more intense in this book. Those things aside, for the Francis fans, Silks delivers.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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