A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America tells the story of Alexander Kinloch, a reclusive young Scottish painter, who is called to London to attend to his stepfather, who, in turn, is unwittingly about to take his stepson to the grave with him. 300,000 first printing. $175,000 ad/promo. Tour.
There's less horseplay in the 35th thriller by former jockey Francis, but as much suspense and pain as ever. Alexander Kinloch is a painter who lives in rural Scotland, and somebody thinks he knows where the jewel-encrusted, solid gold-handled sword of Bonnie Prince Charlie is hiding. It wouldn't be a Francis book without lots of beatings and torture, but you'll also find out how to run a brewery, paint a landscape and yes, hide a racehorse, in this thoroughly enjoyable outing from the Cigar of fiction.