THE RACE by Bob Judd


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 Judd's champion race-car driver (Formula One, 1990--not reviewed) returns to save his pretty corporate sponsor from hostile turnover while tuning up to race in the Indianapolis 500. Talk about ingratitude. Anglo-American racer Forrest Evers pulls in from his victory lap at Monte Carlo to be handed a churlish telegram from ``Women Unlimited,'' the temporary-help agency sponsoring his team. The message requests his presence in New York so that he may be fired; he has become a victim of corporate cost-cutting. Sexy Ellie Channing, founder and boss of Women Unlimited, explains to Forrest that she has been bilked out of $12 million by her corporate backer William Fraser, a ruthless American media mogul, so there's no money for expensive racing teams, and it's all just so complicated and confused that she can't call in a moderately capable corporate lawyer to clear up the problem. The gallant Mr. Evers then proposes a solution: He will bilk the $12 million back from Fraser with the help of timber mogul Orrin Fenstermacher, who wants Evers to drive an Indianapolis racer to victory for him. Flying Fenstermacher's jet to the Cayman Islands for a meeting with Fraser, teaming up with his own slick lawyers and accountants, Evers pulls off a sting and gets the money back--but gains the undying enmity of Fraser, his excessively creepy associates, and, perhaps, Fraser's voluptuous young daughter. Back in Indiana for the big race, Evers begins to run into dramatic sabotage efforts from the angry Fraser forces. But Fraser himself appears to have been supplanted by his lieutenants--who have ties to wacko religious fundamentalism and, believe it or not, the Iranian mullahs. Awfully busy day at the races as two story-lines keep crowding each other off the track. Still, smooth writing is almost enough to pull it off.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-688-10463-0
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1991