I was gifted this book on Sunday, and finished it last night. I had a hard time putting it down, but a lot of the legal proceedings tended to loose my interest a bit. All the characters were so believable that I had a hard time remembering that this was a fiction novel, never once did I feel like the Francises were making something a little too convenient, and I think that’s something sorely missing in a lot of modern fiction.
The main character Mason is a barrister by trade but a jockey by preference- he never really made it as a jockey and when he is injured his grief at the end of his hopes is dealt with delicately. He readjusts his paradigm without any overdramatics and goes on with his life. I really cannot stress enough how very pleasant it is to read about a character who seems like you might one day turn a corner in a non-descript pub and run into him. Mason is relatable, believable, not perfect, not over-dramatic, and pragmatic with just the right touch of personal and sometimes un-classifiable motivation.
If you’ve got a few hours to spend, I think reading this book will be well worth your time, especially if you’re more interested in law than I am!
from Indigo (large print): http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home/search/?keywords=silks%20dick%20francis
You can also find two audio versions on iTunes- one is abridged and one is not.