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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!
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.
Author of suspense/thrillers, "The Tropics," "The Ka," the award winning "River Bones," and "Down to the Needle."
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.
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