Hot Laps: A Stockcar Thriller by Steve Eubanks

By Steve Eubanks

A brain-dead hayseed named Troy Slackherd's been stuck red-handed attempting to hijack an eighteen-wheeler choked with die-cast toy race vehicles. The culprit's the step-brother of pro-racing's most well-liked velocity demon, Junior Senior Jr.—which capability Redball's returning, opposed to his will, to the a hundred and eighty m.p.h. global of gasoline fumes, adrenaline, and treacherous curves. while the truckful of toys ends up in a lockerful of cash—and to perfidy, porn, loser Louisiana wiseguys . . . and murder—Redball realizes he is again within the race for sturdy or in poor health. And he will need to preserve relocating . . . or die.

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Thank god it was closed. Sonny hated fighting off the drag queens. He had cut the owner’s protection fee in return for a key to the side door and unlimited use of the storeroom and phone, a good deal for all parties involved. The place hadn’t been robbed 52 Steve Eubanks since word filtered out that the Delacroixs protected it, and Sonny had a quiet place to make these kinds of calls. ” Things had gone sour in Charlotte. The truck was gone; the money was gone; Jose was dead; and that Slackherd shithead was in jail saying god only knew what.

She and her dad had had many tearful discussions on the subject. He had made up his mind to retire when he found out Melissa was pregnant. Katie’s birth condition had nothing to do with it. ” the first no-necked goober asked. Katie thought Johnny Pea was cute, but the two men with him looked like second-string jocks on a Kmart wardrobe budget. She’d been around her father enough to know they were FBI agents. The scowls were always the same, part of the uniform. These two lugs probably worked out together at the bureau gym.

A woman slumped in a chair near the check-in desk squalling that she hadn’t peed in three weeks. Her distended belly seemed to verify this malady, but none of the nurses or residents appeared too alarmed. There was more concern for a man with an arrow in his neck, through and through, front to back. He had driven to the hospital and checked himself in, creating quite a stir among the young doctors. Throw those two in with the standard cadre of knife wounds, broken hands from barroom brawls, and babies with croup who sounded like they 28 Steve Eubanks were about to barf up a lung, and it was easy to see why snaggle-toothed Jose fell low on the priority list.

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