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Smokescreen (1972)

by Dick Francis

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I very much enjoyed this Dick Francis novel. I have enjoyed ten thus far and this one comes a cut above some of the rest. There is a sense of joie de vivre mixed with which the Francises tell this tale. The setting of South Africa steps up wonderfully, too. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Oct 13, 2013 |
About average for the mid career Fracis novels, it feels dated and is only perepherally connected to horses as such. This time the random profession chosen to feature is an actor. His dying Aunt has some horses in S Africa that are performing poorly. As he plays such heroic characters on screen he must be able to investigate the matter for her. Despite his protestations to the contrary he does in fact heorically go out and investigate. Where upon he discovers various strange family connections and gets to visit a gold mine and Safari park. Such stereotypical attitudes are probably the hallmark of the book.

Most interestingly is probably the genuine delay of several hours to get an international call placed by the operator - something that will now make no sense to an entire generation of younger readers were they to stumble across this.

Entertaining enough, but predicatable and without the full excitment or charming characters that Francius can achieve at his best. ( )
  reading_fox | Aug 27, 2013 |
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. ( )
  Bridgey | Dec 6, 2011 |
Excellent read. As always, the main character is somehow involved in racing. We learn about South Africa, its racing, gold mines and game reserves. It is all woven into a very believable story that keeps you turning pages. The end is never enough as you want it to go on. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Nov 25, 2010 |
Another Dick Francis story, if you like his works this will fit in exactly with what you'd expect. This time set in South Africa in the early 70s, I was a little disappointed with the papering over of the political situation in that country. ( )
  powermad0 | Mar 29, 2008 |
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In Francis's "best thriller" (Evening Standard), a movie star must give the performance of his life when he crosses paths with killers while investigating race-horse tampering in South Africa.

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An actor who plays a superstar detective in films is asked to go to South Africa to investigate the questionable training of race horses.

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