In hard clipped, terse style, is told the story of Val, a penniless, monstrously vain, self-centered, insecure boy, who leaves Oxford to race cars for the famous Myerscough, financier-speculator, crippled by one of his own cars, whose only interest is in making faster and faster cars and breaking the boys who drive them. Val becomes the outstanding driver abroad, meets Lady Camilla, married, wealthy and equally self-centered, who, though attracted to Val, will give up nothing for him. Val is slowly undermined by this emotional situation, the fear that he will crack up on the tracks and the increasing fast pace of the life he is leading. An ironic accident finishes the book. Unpleasant, and on the sensational and impermanent side, but it has pace and a certain gripping quality. Not for public libraries.