BOOK REVIEW: MOTOR MOUTH
Motor Mouth is a humorous and enticing story about NASCAR racing and the adventures of a few teams that chose to find trouble, both with NASCAR and other racing teams. Included in this story are spotters that work from rooftops telling their drivers when to move, mechanics that maintain not only the cars but all the equipment needed to transport the cars and equipment, and the drivers themselves and their interaction with all of the aforementioned.
Alex is known as “Motor Mouth” being driver Sam Hooker’s spotter. She loves adventure and fun while engaged in any racing activity as well as any wild activity apart from racing. During the last race of the season while giving Sam instructions via radio, a terrible wreck occurs on the racetrack. Among serious conversation along with humor, the happenings and interaction due to the wreck were described leading up to the restart of the race. Beans, a huge Saint Bernard dog belonging to Hooker becomes a big part of the humorous parts of the book. No matter how serious things got, Beans would always do something to take attention away from the seriousness of anything disastrous.
Hooker and Alex suspected some foul play from the owners and team of the winning car as some strange racing car movements occurred that were far from normal. They suspected ‘traction control’ that would tend to make a car perform oddly even though they could not imagine how that could be transmitted to a car. This starts a private investigation by Alex, Hooker, and of course, Beans that lead to breaking and entering, stealing vehicles, running from the law, finding dead bodies in very unexpected areas, and finding a way to dispose of the bodies some place distant and getting to that area without being followed by any of the racers or the law. Most of this book takes place in south Florida and includes the families and friends of Alex and Hooker. Believe me, you will meet some REAL characters that will say and do most anything. That’s what makes this book so funny and interesting at the same time.
I am not a NASCAR fan so I started this book without much hope that I would enjoy it. I was completely wrong. I have enjoyed many of Janet Evanovich’s books and this one is no exception—by far! This book is for you if you need a faster read that contains all of the above.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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