Things are looking good for Aidy Westlake following events from Did Not Finish. He's Pit Lane magazine's Young Driver of the Year, which has earned him a drive in the European Saloon Car Championship. But his good fortune ends at a race car show when he discovers Jason Gates, a mechanic from a rival team, with his throat cut. The murder sets off a disturbing chain reaction - someone is breaking the rules in the ranks of saloon car racing, on and off the track.
What They Are Saying About Hot Seat:
“Watch Aidy get into one jam after the next.”
"You can't stop reading.”
“Racing scenes enliven the action as Aidy tries to extricate himself from trouble by trapping a killer.”
— Publishers Weekly
"High octane thrills all the way, with an especially exciting grand finale!”
— Book 'Em Mysteries
At the start of Wood's solid second racecar mystery (after 2011's Did Not Finish), 21-year-old driver Aidy Westlake, who's pleased to have won a spot on Ragged Racing's European Saloon Car Championship team, is dismayed to discover mechanic Jason Gates with his throat cut underneath a vehicle at the annual motorsport show held at London's Earls Court. First, Det. Insp. Joan Huston treats him like a suspect, then Jason's beefy brother, Andrew, knocks him around and demands Aidy identify the killer. Between trying to please racing owner Richard "Rags" Ragsdale and learning to work with his new pit crew and car, Aidy tries to do a little investigating, but soon finds himself facing trumped up charges of dangerous driving. Professional jealousies, possible drug smuggling, and race-fixing provide motives and suspects. Racing scenes enliven the action as Aidy tries to extricate himself from trouble by trapping a killer.