Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Jim Overturf
A good read with
many strong characters and descriptions of Stock Car racing.
The main character Kurt Maxxon is a former USMC fighter pilot who is now racing stock cars and owns an auto parts store in Nebraska. Kurt is a widower whose life of racing and taking care of his new puppy, Beau, is shattered by the death of a local race car driver Rusty Gallegar who was murdered in his garage at the track. Gallegar turned out to be a very busy guy with the ladies. His current lady friend, Alisa Sharpe, is soon arrested for his murder as Rusty had thrown her out a week before. The evidence against her seems to be iron clad but a friend of Kurts who works at the local newspaper along with Alisa is sure that she is innocent and he asks Kurt if he would see her and try to help her. Kurt does visit Alisa in jail and comes to the conclusion that she is not guilty and decides to start his own investigation to prove her innocence. Kurt finds that Rusty was about to sell his auto body shop and silently leave the area, evidently sneaking away with a woman. Kurt, in his investigation, finds quite a few women who were trading favors to Rusty so he would fix their cars that they had wrecked; defraud the insurance companies; and, keep the repair work from their husbands.
This book keeps you busy with the secrets and rumors of this small Nebraska town and has a bit of everything including love, hate, jealousy and revenge that circle Kurt Maxxon as he tries to make sense of the information that he has gathered to find out who killed Rusty.
I really liked this book. It is a real find for mystery fans. I especially like the stock car racing sequences as I spent many a Saturday night when I was younger at the Danbury, CT Speedway proudly wearing my red and white satin jacket emblazened with "Southern New York Racing Association" Number 10 on the back. The author has a very good way with words and a love of dogs, which I really liked. Mystery lovers and Racing enthusiasts will like this book. The mystery is not solved until the very last pages which makes it even better. Enjoy this book. I really did!!!