To catch a murderer, an undercover agent for the British Jockey Club poses as a waiter on the ``Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train.'' ``There is no limit to the thrills along the way, and no way of predicting the stunning denouement,'' lauded PW. 1,000,000 first printing. (Mar.)
The Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train is a luxurious ten-day rail trip across Canada. Designed to give the Canadian racing circuit an international boost, the trip is scheduled to include fine dining, stays at grand hotels, and horseracing in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. To add to the festive air, an onboard mystery will be staged with actors posing as passengers. The British Jockey Club has sent its security agent, Tor Kelsey, to keep an eye on the murderous and wily Julius Filmore. Kelsey is told to expect trouble, but even he has no idea how far Filmore will go to derail this racing venture. Like all Francis's novels (e.g., Hot Money), The Edge is filled with nonstop action. Combining the make-believe situations aboard the train with the growing mysteries surrounding Filmore will keep readers guessing until the story's end. Simon Prebble's narration is superb. A guaranteed winner for fans of this genre, and an interesting travel story to boot! Highly recommended for all public libraries.DTheresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.