Lois Gould sets this thriller amid the explosive political turmoil in Northern Ireland. The plot concerns a vintage car race in which one of the participants may or may not be driving a vehicle loaded with explosives. Into this lethal mix comes Mary Jo, a middle-aged American writer who is romantically involved with her son's best friend Ludo. Ludo is also taking part in the race, and it isn't long before Mary Jo begins to wonder whether her lover might actually be a terrorist.
Gould fills her book with booby-trapped roads, mined bridges, and even a British princess competing incognito in the race. The royal racer might be the target of all this mayhem--if she isn't a terrorist herself. If you've been itching for a high-speed joy ride, take No Brakes for a spin.
From Library Journal
Gould's eighth novel (e.g., Medusa's Gift, LJ 8/1/96) is narrated by an older woman who joins a young man named Ludo, her son's best friend, in a car rally through Ireland. The narrator is both attracted to and repelled by Ludo. More to the point, he is using her as a pawn and her son as a hostage in a complex international nuclear weapons-smuggling scheme, which has been masterminded by a renegade, rally-driving, princess. This storyline takes some time to emerge, and the plot at times strains the bounds of credulity, making this sparsely written novel struggle to capture the reader's attention. Suitable only for those collections where Gould's previous novels are popular.?Caroline M. Hallsworth, Cambrian Coll., Sudbury, Ontario
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