Smokescreen Paperback – Unabridged, 5 Jun 2009
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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.
'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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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.
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.
I am a
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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What a cliff hanger, it is one of those books that you can't put down. This is the second time I've read it and it still was enthralling.Published 15 months ago by Mr A E Book