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White Lightning [Kindle Edition]

GC Smith
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Book Description

WHITE LIGHTNING is a story of a top notch stock car race-team trying to grab the big prize in stock car racing that will, in turn, make their Southern regional corporation, WHITE LIGHTNING INDUSTRIES (car parts and care products and service stores), a national corporate player. Bad guys try to take over the corporation. Their skullduggery ends up with multiple murder.

The book bounces from the South Carolina Lowcountry to the NASCAR race circuit to the Bahamas and back to the race circuit. It's got intrigue. It's got suspense. It's got flirty girls. And it's got redemption. It is, I think, a fun read.


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About the Author

About the author: GC Smith is a southerner. He writes novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Sometimes he plays with dialect, either Cajun or Gullah-Geechee ways of speaking. Smith's work can be found in: Gator Springs Gazette, F F Magazine, Iguanaland, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Naked Humorists, The GLUT, Flask Fiction Magazine, N.O.L.A. Spleen, NFG Magazine, Cellar Door, The Beat, Dispatches Magazine, Beaufort Gazette, Coyote's Den, Southern Hum, Lamoille Lamentations , Quiction, The Landing, The Haunted Poet, Flavor a Deux, The Binnacle, Stymie Magazine, Bannock Street Books. He has two novels, WHITE LIGHTNING --Murder In the world of stock car racing and THE CARBON STEEL CARESS, A Lowcountry P.I. novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449530095
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: createspace (December 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDP3XQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun September 23, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished the Kindle edition of White Lightning, and I'm impressed. G.C. Smith is quite the writer. And researcher: I don't know where he gets his information about NASCAR, the Carolina Low Country, or what a transvestite wears to hide his/her tell-tale bulge, but it all feels authentic and unforced.

This is a formulaic (no pun intended) tale about the hero-done-wrong who fights the corrupt good-ole-boy system to clear himself and a friend of murder charges by playing detective. But the writing sets it above the concept; it's skillful, wry and great fun to read, and moves the action along smartly. His characters are three-dimensional and enjoyable. And if the ending seems a bit too happy-ever-after, what the hell--it's NASCAR. Anything less would've been a disappointment.

The only complaint I have is my usual rant about self-published books: Smith needs an editor. The punctuation sometimes made me itch, and there are several typos that should have been cleaned up before this hit the stage. That said, even though I tend to get hung up on stuff like that, this was such a pleasure to read that missing commas and quote marks didn't throw me off my stride.

It's worth noting that if he'd published this with a big house--which should've happened--they would've done the editing.

Too bad. Their loss.

Susan O'Neill
Don't Mean Nothing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast southern mystery November 30, 2010
By susan_d
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
E.Z. Carter is the team manager of White Lightning racing. He's got a checkered past, but a very bright future. White Lightning, owned by his wife Addie, is near the top on the circuit and is within reach of the championship with just a couple more wins. But things take a sudden and dark turn when their star driver, Fairman Slinger, wins a heated race under a cloud of suspicion. Worse, that night, Slinger's wife is found murdered at the hotel -- and it's E.Z. who discovers the body. Competing team owners, suspicious cops, and E.Z.'s troubled past all congeal to make this an expolsive -- and potentially devastating situation.

Smith gives us genuine southern voices and flair, and there's plenty of stock car action to keep things revved. E.Z. is a likeable hero, and Addie is a firecracker as they lead us through the world of stock car racing and this mystery. Just like a NASCAR race, this story is fast, fun, and full of dangerous turns!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads Faster Than a Nascar Race December 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
Reading "White Lightning - Murder in the World of Stock Car Racing" is like stepping into the South Carolina Lowcountry, of which I've never been privy. And who better to write such a story than GC Smith who lives there. The voice of the author puts a unique spin on this fast moving Nascar racing mystery. But the story isn't about the actual Nascar racing, per se, but about the lives behind the scenes, and that includes doing whatever it takes to win a race. To some, it means murder.

I read this book in one sitting. The characters are well defined, especially by their dialogue. The language, colloquialisms and other area dialect shows this author knows the intricacies of the Lowcountry and surrounding areas, even before the white man arrived. When each character speaks, it sets them apart from all the other characters. The entire story, characters, setting and culture have a way of seeping into your mind. This author also seems to have an in-depth understanding of Nascar racing and its history, building race cars and, too, in what all these people imbibe.

The down and dirty antics of this group of cutthroats and misfits, who attempt to thwart the good efforts of EZ Carter to legally win a race, made me giggle at times and shake my head. The good, the bad and the ugly of the characters in this novel is portrayed realistically and exceptionally well. If you're looking to get into a novel that will immerse you in a "different" culture, get your hands on "White Lightning" and go for a spin behind the scenes at the Nascar. It'll leave you spellbound.

Mary Deal
Author of suspense/thrillers, "The Tropics," "The Ka," the award winning "River Bones," and "Down to the Needle."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in the Low Country of S.C. March 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
G.C. Smith has a talent for telling a mystery story with a cast of characters that are filled with human weaknesses and strengths, characters you might think about when the story is over. He has created a murder mystery in the low country of S.C. You get to wonder who dun it and also get a feel for the culture and environment. It doesn't matter if you are into car racing or not, the story draws you in. Talk about corruption and greed, it is all there in this entertaining novel.
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GC Smith is a southerner. He writes novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Sometimes he plays with dialect, either Cajun or Gullah-Geechee ways of speaking. Smith's work can be found in: Gator Springs Gazette, F F Magazine, Iguanaland, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Naked Humorists, The GLUT, Flask Fiction Magazine, N.O.L.A. Spleen, NFG Magazine, Cellar Door, The Beat, Dispatches Magazine, Beaufort Gazette, Coyote's Den, Southern Hum, Lamoille Lamentations , Quiction, The Landing, The Haunted Poet, Flavor a Deux, The Binnacle, Stymie Magazine, Bannock Street Books. He has three novels, WHITE LIGHTNING --Murder In the world of stock car racing, THE CARBON STEEL CARESS, A Lowcountry P.I. novel, and IN GOOD FAITH: A Johnny Donal P.I. Novel. His poetry chapbook is A Southern Boy's Meanderings. Currently GC is working on a novel in flashes, Mudbug Tales, wit' recipes. The vignettes that combine to form the novel are told in Cajun dialect.

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