The privileged world of horse racing, filled with sleek thoroughbreds, burnished leather, and the silken sheen of jockeys' colors, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Let best-selling, internationally-popular author Dick Francis take you to the immaculate stables of the de Brescou estate, where dark forces are lurking. Someone is killing the de Brescou racehorses with a "bolt" gun, shooting them silently, leaving no clues. Before the noble family, which includes his fiancEe, is torn apart, jockey Kit Fielding must find the assassin. There are higher stakes than the horses, though. The de Brescous could lose control of their family business as well. Bolt spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. From regal countesses to dapper racing officials, it puts you in the company of truly intriguing characters. The impeccable pacing of this mystery, enchanced by Simon Prebble's assured narration, is sure to keep you on the alert each step of the way.
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by Dick Francis
"Jockey Kit Fielding's mounts are being killed with a "bolt" gun in this rather uninspired Francis. There are good guys and bad guys, and it's no secret as to which are which. Simon Prebble's narration also seems flat. Inner turmoil is read with the same matter-of-fact air as the descriptions of the steeplechases. Whether these races end in victory or a fall doesn't change Prebble's pace or verve; perhaps this is masculine rectitude. But he doesn't interpret the voices of the cast much either, except for the old curmudgeons whose voices are gravelly and low. The awfulness of the horses' deaths is indeed recognized, but only at the end might one be moved to bleary eyes. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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