The Way To Dusty Death (1973) by Alistair MacLean
Pbk, Fontana, 190p.
The Way To Dusty Death was a total impulse pick up mainly because of the crazy cover which I can't find on the internet (
Johnny Harlow is the top Formula One racer on the circuit. The novel begins with a horrific crash during a race where Harlow's car causes his friends death and injures his prospective girlfriend, the daughter of the millionaire team owner. Harlow then appears to spiral into a vortex of guilt and alcoholism alienating everyone around him. But is he really drinking on those nights after the races where he disappears for hours at a time? And why have there been so many recent accidents on the F1 circuit? Finally, as Harlow appears to hit rock bottom the answers begin to come clear...but will he be able to convince anyone?
Classic British sports mystery from the 70s. In fact, I'd say I'm almost sure that I have read this exact plot done in the world of horse racing in a Dick Francis novel. An exciting thriller.