Reissue of the classic tale of high-octane adventure set in the world of 1970s Formula One, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Johnny Harlow seems to have it all: he's good looking, desired by women, and envied by men; he's also the reigning Formula One world champion, the poster-boy for the world's most thrilling and richly financed sport. But a recent devastating accident has driven him to drink. And now his beloved sport is changing: too many things are going wrong in too many races. And when Johnny is the apparent cause of the latest accident, he decides the time has come to sort things out. But what he finds has nothing to do with cars, and some people will do anything to prevent him from discovering the truth...
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(178mm x 111mm x 18mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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A seat-of-the-pants entertainment which never cruises at less than a 100 miles per hour, doesn't take more than two to read, and deals with the crushing activities of Johnny Harlow who when first met has eleven Grand Prix wins to his golden name but has become a suicidally destructive driver - in fact seems to have killed another man on the Coronado team and permanently lamed the daughter of the man who owns it. But then Johnny seems to be closely monitored for his drinking, while on the other hand someone is trying to kill him before he is eliminated from another race - not the real contest which is against a Corsican brotherhood of kidnappers, blackmailers and dealers. Overexerted if you stop to think of it but the chances are that you won't - you barely have time to surface between action sequences. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Alistair MacLean
Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. He is now recognized as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide bestsellers, many of which have been filmed.