MONZA by Bob Judd


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 Forrest Evers, the world champion racer who drove flat out through Formula One and The Race, takes the wheel of a vintage Ferrari to rescue a terrified beauty from her Mafia-connected husband. Following a plot openly borrowed from the poet Robert Browning, Bob Judd sends Evers, his Anglo-American driver, out on Italian and Sicilian backroads to find out why it was necessary for Rosella di Santo to die. Signora di Santo was the beautiful young wife of Evers's flamboyant and hot-tempered teammate Guido. She had thrown herself at the mercy of Evers, pleading with him to rescue her from her husband and to look after her new baby if anything should happen to her. Which it did. Before Evers could get Rosella to the safety of Rome, she and the rotten aristocrats who adopted her were brutally stabbed to death. Now, in the company of Anna, a sexy redhead who claims to be Rosella's sister, Evers flies to Palermo to see whether he can tie Guido to Rosella's murder by linking him to the Mafia. Sure enough, Guido's father turns out to be one of the richest, cruelest, and most powerful of the Sicilian crimelords; Anna, whose favors Evers has hugely enjoyed, turns out to be Guido's sister rather than Rosella's; and Rosella's newborn son turns out to be the heir to an ill-gotten fortune. Barely escaping Sicily with his life, Evers returns to the racecourse at Monza, where he will duel with the monstrous Guido. The weapons of choice will be race cars. As there can be few surprises in the time-honored plot, the fun is all in the scenery, the Italians, and the truly terrifying driving.

Pub Date: June 21st, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-11320-6
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1992