• by Dick Francis
  • Narrated by Tony Britton
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Kendall knows how to survive. He's written six handbooks on the subject. Now he wants to become a novelist, preferably without starving to death. But when cold and hunger set in, Kendall impulsively accepts an unlikely job.
He is to research and write a biography of Tremayne Vickers, a famous racehorse trainer. Staying at Vickers' home in rural Berkshire, Kendall soon learns to like his host and friends, learns to ride racehorses, learns about murderers ... and how his own survival tips can become deadly traps.


What the Critics Say

"Intelligent, fast-paced." (The New York Times Book Review)
"An exuberant, irresistible collision between writing and racing ... Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace." (The Boston Herald)
"Fast-paced, meticulously plotted ... Nobody sets up a mystery better than Dick Francis." (San Francisco Chronicle)


Title Not For Sale In This Country

Audible does not currently have the rights to sell this title in your country.

Please consider another book.

Continue Browsing

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

slower pace than some of his others

not a good introduction to Dick Francis - slower (initially) than most of his others, even more rooted in the characters than usual. However - if you are already familiar with Dick Francis, then this one will knock your socks off. The protagonist is a writer, so you actually see some of Dick Francis' own feelings leak into the character about the process of writing. The languid pace lulls you into a false rhythm, so it absolutely galvanises you when the going gets wild. The characters are exceptional, and its a true classic murder mystery.
Read full review

- Ant the Limey


Even tho all his books have something to do w horse racing, I have never, ever been bored by a Dick Francis book. I wish I could say the same about some of my other favorite mystery authors! Francis always comes thru w a great story and a human one.
Read full review

- Nina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2012
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.