Sunday, October 15, 2006
Book Report: The Way to Dusty Death by Alistair MacLean (1973)
This is my second Alistair MacLean of the year (the first, as you remember, was The Golden Gate in August. Both stem from the 1970s, which based upon the evidence of these two texts might represent the phoning-it-in period for MacLean.

The book starts out with an race car crash in the European Grand Prix circuit. The reigning champion apparently has lost his nerve and become an alcoholic. However, he seems to have some hidden agenda, for while he's putting on the show, he's sneaking around and investigating something. MacLean doesn't really draw us into his investigations or quickly identify the real meat of the story--Harrow has gone underground or underdog to find out who's gambling on the races and fixing them by sabotauging cars while selling heroin.

The reader goes along mainly because it's an Alistair MacLean book and something's going to happen. It does, and then the book ends abruptly.

Not MacLean's best effort, and not even as good as Floodgate, which draws the user into the plot if not the characters. The Way to Dusty Death does neither, really.

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