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‘[Dickens] has created an original and immensely appealing hero’ – Peter Owen
Dicks is a cycle-racing fanatic, a former rider whose career ended abruptly at the Rome Olympics. His obsession for the sport and openness to events lead him effortlessly into complicated circumstances involving the firing of some vases – the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and a bizarre kidnap plot.
This absorbing mystery proves Frank Dickens to be a natural writer with a mastery of dialogue. The Italian and Sardinian backgrounds are strikingly well realized, while Dicks himself is an original and immensely appealing hero, swept along by a tide of events more fast-moving and dangerous than any cycle race.
Praise for Frank Dickens
Frank Dickens (born 2 February 1932) was born in Hornsey, London. Dickens left school at sixteen and began working for his father, a painter-decorator. A self-taught artist,
Frank Dickens began his career as a cartoonist in Pari in 1959s, selling cartoons to French newspapers in order to make a living as a racing cyclist, and has since won eight 'Cartoonist of the Year' awards for his Bristow series. In 1971 he made an introduction into stage work and in 1999 adapted Bristow into a six-part series for BBC Radio 4. Dickens has also published twelve children's books and two thrillers.
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