The Way to Dusty Deathby Alistair MacLean
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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Meet the Author
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.
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In my opinion, from this book forward, Mr. MacLean's literary efforts went downhill. This book is good, but it just doesn't rise to the high quality of his previous works. "Breakheart Pass" is, also, okay, but I wouldn't really bother with his remaining fiction books written between 1975 and 1984 ("Circus"-"San Andreas"). They feel rather flat and formulaic. Instead, focus on his fiction books written between 1955 and 1971 ("HMS Ulysses"-"Bear Island"). They are excellent stories. Wikipedia has a complete bibliography.