"Monza is a fine thriller, with Judd's lovely style allied to a hauntingly sad story—
and a perfectly orchestrated showdownn" —Autosport
A THRILLER OF FORMULA ONE RACING, LOVE, HONOR AND MURDER
In the hills north of Milan is a small Italian town that once a year fills to the brim with auto mechanics, team managers and world-class race-car drivers all maneuvering for pole position. The town is Monza — Bob Judd's exciting new thriller.
The national pastime in Italy is not soccer but car racing — specifically, Formula One car racing. International ace driver Forrest Evers — first met in Formula One and then again in The Race — returns as one of the two star drivers of Team Arundel, the leading contender in Italy's Grand Prix. Forrest faces off against his teammate Guido. a real sleaze bag who happens to be a driver of exceptional talent as well as one of the nastiest guys around. In record time, Forrest is in deep, deep trouble.
Rossella. a mysterious beauty Forrest is accused of brutally attacking, makes Forrest promise to remove her son from harm's way; that is, to take the boy away from his father, a probable murderer.... To take the child away from Guido, Forrest's arch rival and teammate.
From that point on, Monza speeds through hairpin twists and turns of plot that include top-notch Formula One racing: orphans sold into marriage; Vito. a streetwise kid with more knowledge of F-1 racing than an encyclopedia: enigmatic and seductive Anna: a mafia takeover of a local vineyard; and a father-son kickback and money-laundering scheme.
Bob Judd writes about Formula One racing better than anyone, and Monza is a fast-paced, hair-raising thriller that delivers mayhem, murder, superb racing and a totally unexpected ending. Monza firmly places Bob Judd in the winner's circle of best-selling authors.
Judd gets into the heart of his latest racing thriller at the same high rates of speed that his series hero, driver Forrest Evers ( Formula One , The Race ), uses to earn his living. As the story opens, Evers is being dragged naked from his bed in a hotel outside Rome by the Italian police, paraded through an angry crowd and tossed into jail. Eventually, he learns he has been accused of the brutal stabbing of beautiful Rosella di Santo, wife of his bitter rival and teammate, Guido. Evers spirited Rosella away from her home the previous evening, literally minutes after meeting her for the first time, when she convinced him that her life, and that of her week-old son, were being threatened by Guido. When Rosella's parents are murdered with the same knife while Evers is in police custody, he is released. It seems apparent that the killings were carried out by Guido (or his henchmen), but there seems to be no official action in the case. Having promised Rosella on her deathbed that he will protect her son, Evers sets out to uncover his teammate's ties to the Mafia and heads for Sicily, accompanied by a young woman who represents herself as the dead woman's sister but turns out to be something else altogether. Judd supplies lots of racing lore and history here, along with the requisite high-speed climax on the Monza track, but once the pace slows down from the arresting opening chapters, the story itself is difficult to take seriously.