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by Dick Francis
(Pocket Books)

The latest Dick Francis mystery in paperback is a change of pace. Set in Africa, there's barely a mention of horses. At his worst, Francis knows how to build tension. In “Smokescreen,” he is at his best: the characters are interesting, the locations and exotic (a movie set, a gold mine, a game preserve), and the tension hair-raising.

For thriller and mystery fans that have missed Francis so far, this is a good if not typical introduction. But he warned: he is definitely habit-forming, though not necessarily hazardous to your health. (1978)



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