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About the author:
Monte Dutton lives in Clinton, South Carolina, where he was born in 1958, and graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in political science/history in 1980.
He spent twenty seasons writing about NASCAR and won writer-of-the-year awards from the Eastern Motorsports Press Association in 2003 and the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008.
Dutton's first novel, The Audacity of Dope (2011), and second, The Intangibles (2013), were published by Neverland Publishing LLC, of Miami, Fla. Crazy of Natural Causes (2015) and Forgive Us Our Trespasses (2016) were published in July by Kindle Publishing through its KindleScout program.
He writes short stories, several of which have been published in regional publications, at wellpilgrim.wordpress.com. He self-published a collection, Longer Songs, in 2016.
Cowboys Come Home (2016) is a modern western set in Texas at the end of World War II. Lightning in a Bottle (2017) is the first in a series about a young stock car racing hero. Life Gets Complicated is a sequel to Lightning in a Bottle.
Dutton authored several non-fiction books about auto racing, among them biographies of drivers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. He also wrote True to the Roots: Americana Music Revealed.
Life Gets Complicated
A Barrie Jarman Adventure
Mr. Monte Dutton
At the age of nineteen, Barrie Jarman has grown up in a hurry. He is poised on the edge of stock car racing stardom. He's making ten times as much money as a year ago. He has a top-flight ride with a top-flight team in the top flight of the sport. He is exactly where he wants to be.
Life Gets Complicated. It's veteran motorsports writer Monte Dutton's sequel to Lightning in a Bottle, the acclaimed novel about the kid with the character of his generation but the spirit of stock car racing's rowdy past.
At the end of Barrie's frantic first year, he parties with his girlfriend, Angela Hughston; his best friend, her brother Errol; his new pilot, Rafe Trujillo; his teammate, veteran Jay Higbe; his estranged father, Big Jim; and a boozing old relic from the sport's past. He befriends a pro football player at a Las Vegas awards ceremony. Life is good, and Barrie is often stoned.
Uncle Charlie, his friend, companion, confidante and source of perspective, quietly tries to keep Barrie headed in the right direction.
Barrie confronts the distinct possibility that he is a corruptive influence on those around him. He has little doubt about his own capacity to straighten up. He's worried about Errol, though, who's getting more bad influence on the side. Errol doesn't know that Barrie is in a position to help him. Barrie doesn't know if Errol is ready for a chance to join the Jerry McCarley Enterprises driver lineup.
When Barrie gets down to business, when he puts on his firesuit and climbs into Number 59, all seems well again. He puts his new Ford Fusion on the front row for the sport's biggest race. After his new sponsor throws a party to celebrate, a pair of thugs beat Barrie senseless in a remote parking lot.
Barrie has more riding on the upcoming races than those outside his circle of friends know. He has to race. He can't call the cops. He can't let FASCAR, the ruling body, know how badly he's injured. He drops out of sight. While he receives treatment in a condo on the beach, a fake excuse for his absence is circulated. Other excuses show up in a gossip sheet that has targeted him for some reason.
Obviously, Barrie has enemies.
Pain steels his resolve. Like the icons he grew up idolizing, Barrie does what it takes.
- Publication Date:
- 1974641031 / 9781974641031
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Sports