|Crash, by Toby Vintcent|
|© 2016 Arcadia Books, ISBN 9781910050798 (Paperback)|
British author Toby Vintcent’s sequel to the acclaimed Driven takes the Ptarmigan Formula One Team’s number one driver, Remy Sabatino, to Russia for the Moscow Grand Prix.
Sabatino feels like a real celebrity on her arrival at Vnokuvo International Airport, where Moscow mayor Oksana Pavlova greets her amid cheering crowds.
Behind the scenes, however, the situation is murkier. Sabatino is leading the Drivers’ Championship in the field’s fastest car, so in theory her Russian teammate should be matching her pace. Their rivalry is toxic ahead of his home race.
Disaster strikes: when attempting a bold pass, Sabatino’s car doesn’t respond and she loses control. The accident is the most catastrophic in the sport’s history: 27 spectators are killed.
Suspicion turns to the breakdown between the team’s drivers. Injured in the accident, Sabatino and the team’s management are arrested and charged with corporate manslaughter by police colonel Arseny Pudovkin, who has declared the accident a crime.
Drafted in to investigate is Matt Straker, the former British Special Forces officer and former aid to the team during the scandals of Driven, who must now try to create a plausible defense in a politically-charged environment where the finger of blame is being pointed squarely at the team and its star driver.
A strong follow-up to Driven, Vintcent once again creates a thrilling atmosphere and another page-turner for his readers. Whether you’re a Formula 1 fan or not, this book will appeal to you.