A mysterious mixed-race man and his Asian-American female friend
visit a Virginia dirt track - as out of place as their fancy BMW out in the
parking lot. But they aren't there for the "redneck racing." They have come
to scout young driver Tony Trivette, a consistent 2nd-placer with skill,
tenacity, and patience—but no wins. A $500 bet ends that streak, much to
the delight of his crew: burly veteran dad Big Mike, soft-spoken brother
Lionel, and Daisy-Duker Deirdre Mayne, a brassy, sassy country gal who
speaks her mind without concern for the results.
Once in the door, Johnny spins a backstory tale of war, smuggling, and
treachery around conman Danny duBois who vanished decades ago with
everyone’s drug money. Add a racist Southern sheriff, a black accomplice
framed for murder, a Vietnamese bride left for dead, and the Drill Sergeant
from Hell, and someone will likely die - if Johnny's crazy plan works at all.
All of which begs the question: who is really conning whom? Is any of it
What follows is a white-knuckle chase across three decades and as
many continents - a wild ride rife with countless plot twists and surprises at
every turn - all wrapped up in the sexy world of fast cars, smart women,
and high-stakes capers. But who is telling the truth and who is lying? Is the
pot at the end of the bloody rainbow really filled with millions of dollars, or
just more death? Will there be a dime left to share - and if everyone dies in
the chase, what will it matter?
This high-octane thriller steadily builds on its premise as clues come
and go and the pressure intensifies with every surprising revelation. Will
Big Mike meet his old nemesis and reclaim his ill-gotten gains, or will he
have survived a war only to die with his sons in a foreign land as poor as
he was before Johnny and Lyla walked into their garage and asked them to
By the end, no one trusts anyone - with good reason - and the entire
mission may not even be as promised. What is the mystery waiting across
the finish line? Will it be worth crossing that line to find out? And what lines
will they all have to cross just to play this game? Who will live? Who will
die? Is anyone who they say they are? This is the nature of a complex
heist, run under the guise of revenge, greed, and murder.
|Comments and Reviews
A tightly-packed emotionally-charged
thriller of ride.
"A high-octane chase with surprises at
every turn of a page."
"Race! has wheels!"
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|From the Back Cover
When Johnny the mixed-race “leader” and Lyla his Asian-American “partner in crime”
show up uninvited at a Southern dirt track to scout young, talented driver Tony Trivette,
what unfolds is a complicated backstory of war, smuggling, and treachery involving two
fathers, Big Mike Trivette and his old war buddy John Card.
In the final years of The Nam, both were “screwed, blued, and tattooed” by conman Danny
duBois who disappeared with everyone’s drug money. Now, thirty years later, Johnny has a
crazy idea to get that money back—along with retribution—requiring Tony, his brassy blonde
Daisy-Duker Deirdre, and Tony’s mild-mannered brother Lionel, with Big Mike at the
One plan leads to another and before any of them know it, they are balls-deep in a heist
worth hundreds of millions—or not. Is Johnny just another conman, trolling to rip off a
gullible Big Mike again? Is duBois even alive? Is there a single dime to be recovered? With
twists and turns at every sharp corner, unbridled greed and vengeance take the team across
A multi-cultural quest that races from American dirt ovals to Euro-rally open roads, Race!
tells the twisty tale of a diverse group of determined men and women who enter a shifting
world of endless deceit, ingrained racism, and high-stakes danger. Add a bigoted Southern
sheriff, a black accomplice framed for murder, a Vietnamese bride left for dead, and the
Drill Sergeant from Hell—and someone will die. Perhaps, rich.