by Dick Francis

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Edward Lincoln is a worldwide celebrity who plays detectives on the big screen. But when his godmother asks him to investigate her racehorses in South Africa, he's out of his depth. Soon enough, he's plunged into a plot of gold, greed, and gilded lives that forces him to uncover a killer and give a bravura performance he'll never give again....

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ISBN-13: 9780425210253
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.


Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1920

Date of Death:

February 14, 2010

Place of Birth:

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales

Place of Death:

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies


Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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DocWalt10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
TWD More than 1 year ago
Another superlative mystery written by Dick Francis! He truly makes you feel like an "insider" in the English-style of horse racing. A masterful work which keeps you in suspense until the very end!
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BH35 More than 1 year ago
Francis has always provided an excellent plot and this book upholds that tradition. The characters are develop0ed well. The plot is well-organized and the conclusion keeps you guessing until the final pages. Information about the racing industry is always interesting and an integral part of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book for the realism of the characters and the excitement of the action, as well as insights into the nature of perception. In the process of unraveling of the mystery I became acquainted with acting, South Africa, and diamond mining. This author always plays fair with the reader, providing the clues needed to solve the mystery, if we only have the wit to recognize and interpret them. The main character's expertise helps him discover the solution, while the reader learns about his craft from the inside out. As usual, we also get a good example of how capable, tough and ingenious human beings can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another good tale from the imagination of Dick Francis