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Inhaltsangabe: The Connie had a problem it killed people. The Conquistador, or Connie as it became affectionately known throughout the world, was a big, beautiful, top-heavy Sports Utility Vehicle. One of the people the Connie killed was David Briggs s father.

The story opens as Briggs, a bright and talented young man in his mid-twenties, wins a graduate assistentship at the University of Michigan's Automotive Research Center, called the ARC. However, just before Dave leaves home to begin his research, their Connie rolls, killing his dad. As a result, Dave arrives in Ann Arbor with a vow to do extra work designing safer SUVs that resist rollovers.

Dave s passion for automotive research is matched by another student's intense interest in opera. Gina Spinelli, a voice major from Detroit, takes the apartment next to him. She has a graduate assistentship in music, a major which she pursues against the wishes of her wealthy parents and without their financial support. Her dad is chief operating officer, the COO, at World Motors Limited. WML, the country's largest motor company, manufactures the Connie.

Gina needs employment to pay her college expenses. Dave helps her get a job at the ARC where, together, they work on the University's solar car under the direction of Dave's major professor, the brilliant Dr. Sally Martin. Dave and Dr. Martin discover a cover-up. They find research showing that WML knew the Connie was unsafe but built it anyway. The two-year-old research has been suppressed since the engineer who authored it was killed in a car wreck.

Dave's heavy workload escalates. Pressure builds as his ARC assignments, the national solar car race, his doctoral exams, and his attempts to expose the cover-up, combine to overwhelm him. This causes a break-up with Gina and they become estranged. His situation reaches an intolerable state when Dr. Martin is found dead under suspicious circumstances.

In a David vs. Goliath struggle of biblical proportions, young David Briggs takes on the powerful auto industry as the fight spreads to involve the university and his educational future.

Über den Autor: For this his fourth novel, Harry Haines switches from Texas to Michigan. But a familiar sub-plot returns--music.

Readers who loved his stories about artistic performance will find another singer who faces ruthless competition. But that is only the sub-plot. The real story is about automobiles or more precisely, about the people who design and manufacture them. At this point in history, when pundits tell us that the auto industry is in the throws of its greatest makeover in 100 years, Haines has crafted a tale of death and deceit about the cars we drive. To develop his behind-the-scenes intrigue that has become the hallmark of a Harry Haines novel, he traveled to the University of Michigan and lived on campus for weeks at a time. Haines reports that students and faculty welcomed him and shared their innermost hopes and dreams for automobiles of the future, and that one of the most fascinating was solar power, cars that run on energy from the sun. The author comes by his car-writing skills honestly. Twenty years ago, he and wife Shirley produced six nonfiction books on Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Corvette, Cadillac, and BMW.

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