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Publisher's Summary

Edward Lincoln is a worldwide celebrity who plays impossibly daring detectives on the big screen. But in reality, he is an ordinary man currently stuck in an extraordinary spot. Nerissa, his ailing godmother, had pleaded with him to travel to South Africa to investigate whether someone was tampering with her racehorses. He could not refuse her.

Once there, Lincoln is overwhelmed by autograph hounds and high suspicions. And when sudden perils cross his path and murder makes a horrific appearance, Lincoln, the actor-turned-investigator, is plunged into a plot of gold, greed, and gilded lives. He ultimately realizes that the only way to uncover the killer is to give not only the performance of his life, but a performance to save his life.

©1972 Dick Francis (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great

Had me in suspence from beginning to end. well developed plot and characters. Read well.

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Solid but not the best

I am a fan of Dick Francis many works this book was good but was not his best. the suspense is generally there but the audio quality is inconsistent and the reading was okay as well. there are times when the book goes off on tangents and is very slow paced but the reader does a very good job at switching between South Australian American and English accents.

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Earlier recording was MUCH, MUCH better!

Pity that they re-recorded this as the characterizations were much better by the previous narrator. This version is unimaginative by comparison and boring to listen to.

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I love Dick Francis

I love all of his novels. I have read and listened to Smokescreen several times and know if you love Dick you’ll love this book.- #lovedickfrancis
#tagsgiving
#sweepstakes

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Resilience thy name is Dick Francis!

I love the way Dick Francis heroes work their way out of fixes with true grit and logic!

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Francis formula and a slice of 1970’s

Life of a movie star. If you’re a regular DF reader then you know what to expect. Sometimes he regales readers with lots of inside insight into the profession of his protagonist and there’s some here but not overly so. He tends to really detail the desperation scenes. (My only complaint is some inaccuracies in this one but I’m a stickler)

I want to muse here. Just before hearing this, I heard a PG Wodehouse book published only the year before. It’s a wild juxtaposition reflecting the British transition away from colonialism and class structures and unfortunately away from good manners perhaps. If you lived then, remember how wild were the 60’s and 70’s.and consider how very much safer (and egalitarian) life is now.

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Splendid

I’d known of him - in fact knew his editor - but never read him. Now I want to read his oeuvre. Wicked clever, realistic, and totally engaging.

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Excellent story.,

Interesting plot and interesting characters.
thoughtful, kind, and clever hero. Interesting setting and well delivered.

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Smoke stream

At chapter 15 the book stopped and said to download the rest of the book. I could not find a way to continue a download. So I lost out. Never happened before.

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A richly told story.

An enthralling story, well told and fairly well narrated.
Edward Lincoln is a thoughtful and interesting character. This whole story is filled with enough interesting setting information about South Africa, Acting, Filming on location, and the characters' lives to make it engaging and richly told.