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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (5 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330239171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330239172
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish (Scotsman)

Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end (Sunday Telegraph)

Francis writing at his best (Evening Standard) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Certainly his best thriller.' (Evening Standard)

'A supersized action-suspense story.' (Kirkus Reviews)

'Wonderfully vivid and sinister.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story opens in Spain with an actor making a movie "Man in a Car" - not too threatening, you'd think. But when the action moves to South Africa, the opening scene comes back to haunt us with terrifying effect. Dick Francis may not be world class literature, but he's great at taking a horse-racing theme and grafting on new themes to create a fascinating and exciting thriller plot. An excellent book of it's kind - another gripping audiobook from the master of horse-racing thrillers.
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The book: Edward Lincoln, son of a stable hand, has made it - he is a successful film star. When a friend asks him to go to Sout Africa, where the friend's horses are not running well, he accepts and travels to Johannesburg. He meets a lot of people, but who is responsible for the bad running, and why? And then the troubles spread - to himself. The scenes he has been filming earlier become a horrible reality...

My opinion: Francis' 11th thriller, first published in 1972, is tautly written, has got good atmosphere, well-drawn people, and a complicated plot that will leave you guessing. Bouts of tension, good detecting; but as the hero is happily married, there is no romance - something that makes the books so satisfyingly complete, otherwise! What we get instead is a couple of scenes that will have claustrophobics (and most of the rest of us, too) cringe.
A good Francis - not his best, but solid gold.
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Edward Lincoln is a action movie film star, but his family life is quiet, a lovely wife (Charlie) and three children, two sons and a daughter with retarded development due to brain injury. Nerissa is his substitiute mother, she asks Edward to go to South Africa to find out why her horses are no longer winning and he swiftly becomes embroiled in a thriller to more than equal his films, including three attempts on his life (electrocution, burial in explosion at gold mine and abadonment in car in Kruger National Park), a brilliant calculating killer, entrapment attempts by a beautiful girl and the highest stakes: a gold mine, prizewinning horses and Edward's own life.
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It's Dick Francis, so there is suspense, skullduggery, murder, physical pain and, as always, horses, although this time the horses are in S. Africa and fairly peripheral. The hero, Link, is a top film star in Sean Connery style roles, who has been left a gift of some shares by an elderly lady and been asked to look into the reason her horses run so badly.
There are descriptions of S African racing practices and vivid scenes down a gold mine.
It begins with the film version of the hero being locked in a car in the desert and left to die, and ends with the real version as the hero decides, as always with Dick Francis, that he will not let the evil bastard get away with intimidation, no matter how aggressive it gets.
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An investing book based in South Africa in the time there was Apartheid. Dick Francis wrote this classic and gives a nice glimpse of South Africa and the life of an actor who faces a life threatening situation when one particular film scene becomes reality. A book you want to read in one go.
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I thought I had all of the books by my favourite author, the late great Dick Francis, but when I decided to put them in order of publication I found I had not got 'Smokescreen; it didn't mean I hadn't read it but when it arrived I had, but I read it again and found that it was still as enjoyable as when I first read it, so I decided to read them all again in date order, and I can honestly say I am enjoying them all once again, it means of course that I have plenty of late bedtimes, but as every Dick Francis fan knows, after the first page his books are hard to put down, which is why I never had to think will I enjoy the book I was buying, I knew it was a forgone conclusion that I would. I was shattered, no pun intended, when having read 'Shattered' I also read the Mr Francis had said that it would be his last, but then a reprieve, 'Under orders' which was after six years, joy again, and his son Felix had added his name to a few and promised another one this year, I hope he was given lots of ideas by his dad so that he can carry on the good work.
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The book supplied was in excellent secondhand condition. I have not read it yet but I'm an avid fan of Dick Francis and look forward to getting stuck in to yet another gripping story by this author.

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I've always been a bit put off picking up a book by this author as I have little interest in horseracing, but I bought it as part of a boxset of thrillers, and as it is only 265 pages thought I would give it a go.

Edward Lincoln (Linc to his friends) is a successful movie star. Surrounded by family and friends he is an intensely private person, rarely giving interviews and failing to provide the media with opportunities to scutinise him.

An elderly dying friend asks him to visit her recently bequeathed racing horses in South Africa and find out the reason why they have been doing so badly in the races. However when he gets there various attempts are made on his life, which make reality mirror the fiction of the movies.

A nice little read that made the pages fly by. Written in the 1st person we follow the protagonist's thoughts and feeling not just on the plot but also opinions on the movie industry and media in general. There are a number of twists in the plot and enough to keep the reader interested without any confusion.

I will definitely check out some more books by Dick Francis.
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