Motor Mouth (Alex Barnaby Series #2)

Motor Mouth (Alex Barnaby Series #2)

by Janet Evanovich

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Miami is still freakin' humid. The nights are even hotter. And there's a body on ice. And that's just the beginning of this adrenaline-rush of a hot-wired ride from phenomenal number one New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

A woman with a taste for speed and a talent for breaking the rules, Barney also knows a little too much about cheating. First there was Hooker and that salesclerk. Now she's convinced one of the competitors is up to no good on the track. Snooping to find evidence, Hooker and Barney "borrow" a NASCAR hauler. Turns out, the hauler is carrying two race cars and a dead guy. It looks like Barney and Hooker are facing multiple counts of grand theft auto and homicide.

So buckle up as Barney, Hooker, a 150-pound bundle of Saint Bernard love named Beans, and the Super Cigar Ladies Felicia and Rosa shift into gear on a wild race around South Florida and Concord, North Carolina.

Everything you always wanted to know about righteous indignation, stealing an eighteen-wheeler, and sex in the fast lane.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060584054
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Alex Barnaby Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 225,832
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Motor Mouth

By Janet Evanovich

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006

Janet Evanovich

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060584033

Chapter One

Sometimes there's a decision to be made between winning fairly and cheating for a good cause. And sometimes, in the heat of competition, I've slipped south of fair. So I understand the temptation. But here's the thing about cheating . . . don't cheat me. I take it personally.

And I was pretty sure I had my eye on a guy who was cheating at my expense. He was wearing a red suit. He was driving a flashy car with a big 69 painted on the side. And he was going too fast. I had my binoculars trained on him as he took a turn, his left-front tire tight to the curve.

I was standing on the flat roof of the Homestead-Miami Speedway grandstand, getting a bird's-eye view of the scrubby Florida landscape. Heat waves shimmered on the track below me, and the air was thick with fumes from scorched rubber, high-octane gas, and the euphoria NASCAR brings to a race. I was with forty-two guys on the roof. I was the only one on the roof wearing a pink lace thong. At least I was almost certain I was the only one in a thong since I was the only female, but hell, what do I know? I was wearing tight black jeans and a Stiller Racing shirt. The shirt had short sleeves, was white with black and gold trim, and the Stiller Racing logo was embroidered on the front. The embroidered name on the back was a garage joke: Motor Mouth. I'm Sam Hooker's race-day spotter. I'mthe lip-glossed, bleached blonde who whispers into Hooker's ear while he sweats his brains out in a black-and-gold fire-resistant jumpsuit each week.

This week Hooker was running his black Metro-sponsored car around and around the Homestead 1.5-mile oval. It was the last race of the season and I was looking forward to a change of pace. I love my job, but there comes a time when a girl just wants to shimmy into a sexy little dress and sip a cosmo at a restaurant that doesn't feature barbecue. Not that I don't like barbecue, but I'd had a lot of it lately.

Hooker's voice was loud and clear in my headset. "Earth to Motor Mouth. Talk to me."

"I'm thinking thoughts that can't go public."

"Are these thoughts about getting naked?" Hooker asked.

"No, they're about getting even."

"Listen, it was an accident, I swear. I was drunk and I don't remember a thing. I don't know how I ended up in bed with that salesclerk. Darlin', you know I love you."

Mental head slap. "Not that, you moron. I'm talking about the race."

Hooker got his start on Texas dirt tracks. He's raced open-wheel karts, trucks, and everything in between. He's my age but he looks like a college kid. Sun-bleached blond hair, and a nice body that's got some muscle and stands a couple inches taller than me. The difference between Hooker and the college kid is in Hooker's eyes. There are lines at the corners that tell his age and grit. And there's a depth that comes from living hard and gaining something from it.

I'd done some racing when I was in high school. Strictly local amateur stuff. I'd wreck the cars, and then I'd fix them up in my dad's garage in Baltimore. Turned out I was a lot better at fixing them than racing them, so I bailed on the driving and got an engineering degree instead. Hooker isn't worth anything as a mechanic, but he can really run a car. I've worked as his spotter and also as part of his R & D team for an entire season, thirty-six Cup races, and I'm knocked out by his consistently aggressive attitude and his ability to drive.

There are those who question Hooker's balls-to-brain ratio. I've never seen an X-ray of his head, so I'm taking a winger on his brain, but I've seen the other equipment in question and I'm pretty confident the ratio is two to one.

I'd been involved in a romantic relationship with Hooker when I'd taken the job with Stiller. And I'd been idiot enough to think the relationship was serious. Hooker had proved me wrong at four months with a one-night stand that had gotten splashed onto every tabloid. I was now over Hooker . . . pretty much. The only thing I was currently serious about was my job. I was devoted to Stiller Racing.

"You've done two hundred and forty-four laps," I said. "You have twenty-three laps to go. The red sixty-nine car is four car lengths in front of you."

The 69 was sponsored by Lube-A-Lot and owned by Huevo Motor Sports, a Mexican powerhouse with money to burn on race cars. Huevo built good cars, but sometimes the 69 was too good, and I was willing to put money down that the 69 car was cheating, running with illegal technology.

"Four car lengths," Hooker said to me. "That's too much. Do something."

"I can tell you when it's safe to pass, and when it's okay to pit, and when there's trouble ahead. Being that I'm up here on the roof, and you're down there on the track, and I've left my magic voodoo dust back in the motor coach, it's going to be hard for me to do something."

And that was when the big one happened. The monster car crash that car owners dread and fans love. A Stiller car driven by Nick Shrin got loose, slid out of its groove, and the car following it made contact and punted Shrin into the wall. Six other cars got caught in the wreck and were instantly turned into twisted, shredded scrap metal. Fortunately, they were all behind Hooker.

When racing resumed and everyone lined up for the restart, the gap would be closed between the red 69 Lube-A-Lot car and Hooker's Metro car.

"Back her down," I told Hooker. "You just got lucky."


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Motor Mouth 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name changed, location changed but this is Stephanie Plum series. I hated the book. It did nothing for the imagination. Story long and drawn out. Nothing to hold the readers attention. Struggled to get to the end. I wouldn't buy another book in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Stephanie Plum series and was excited to find this book from the same author. What a stupid story! And how low!!! Between the disgusting details about the dead bodies and the prune stuff... The romantic angle was also very adolescent and predictable. I will never read another book by this author!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Janet Evanovich. The Plum books are good, but was just bad. Hooker and Barnaby belonged in jail for their stunts. There is no chemistry between the two of them, and Hooker isn't even all that likeable. The plot was boring. I am sooo glad I didn't buy it. I got it from the library. It will be returned today unfinished. I really hope her next '13' will be better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Janet Evanovich fan, but this series is disappointing. Metro Girl drove me nuts with Hooker constantly referring to himself as 'Nascar Guy'. Thankfully, the phrase was not in Motor Mouth. I think Motor Mouth tries too hard to be on an equal footing with the Plum series, and what makes this book especially disappointing is that the author recycled ideas and events from the Plum series. After reading the part about the dog and the prunes, I was fed up and decided that I was done with this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of this author and NASCAR is boring to me, but this one rates better than Metro Girl. Beans the St. Bernard stole the book and to me this was the best part of the book. The rest was too technical and mechanical for my taste.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At Homestead-Miami Speedway Stiller Racing driver Sam Hooker finished second at the track (and first in some woman¿s bed). Much of the accolades for his fine showing go to the pit crew, but the majority to his spotter, Alexandra 'Barney' Barnaby, whose guidance was perfect. However, Barney may have gave directions when to ease and when to speed up to Sam, but something disturbed the spotter about the winning car driven by Spanky Bonnano of Huevo Motor Sports though she is not sure what that is.--------------- Stiller spotter Gobbles Warner calls from a cell phone to ask Barney to get him out of the truck containing the winning race driver as he is locked inside and fears asking for help from the Huevo crew. After looking over the situation Barney with Sam¿s assistance steals the truck. However, that proves a minor felony because inside the vehicle along with the trapped Gobbles is a dead Oscar Huevo, an apparent homicide victim. Though neither wants to deal with a corpse in a stolen truck, the driver and the spotter know they must solve the murder before the police decide they committed the crime.-------------- As with METRO GIRL, MOTOR MOUTH is a delightful caper that will lead readers to think Stephanie Plum goes NASCAR. The story line is fun and zany as everything that could go wrong does with Barney believing that she makes Murphy look like an optimist as he had no St. Bernard, corpse, stolen vehicles, and the queen of fruit to contend with besides a killer and the racing circuit. Alas, this is all part of the life of a NASCAR spotter.----------- Harriet Klausner
TamiHindes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok, so maybe the situations are a bit implausible, but I do adore Evanovich's style and crazy characters. Barney (Alex) and NASCAR guy (Sam) are at it again. Barney is a spotter for Sam's team. They're not together because he was doing a sales clerk, but she's still working with him. Another spotter (Gobbles) gets in a tight spot and then, well, in typical Evanovich fashion - everything falls apart. Barney and Sam hijack a car hauler of a competitor, rescue Gobbles, chop up two cars, find something suspicious and possibly illegal and find a dead body which Sam's St. Bernard, Beans, takes a bite. In the process of dumping the truck, Beans gets left behind and the bad guys are on to Barney and Sam. Of course they end up in Miami and Rosa and Felicia make an appearance. When a bad guy kidnaps a person, especially a foreign bad guy, I don't think they just threaten to chop off their fingers. I don't think henchmen get multilple chances to get it right, but to make the story more interesting - these guys do. This book besides being funny has enough suspense to make me worry that something bad is going to happen and someone is going to die. I highly recommend the Alex Barnaby series.
tipsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story but not the greatest thing ever written. I enjoy the humor and the quick read.
TGPistole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not in the Stephanie Plum series but surprisingly enjoyable.
rdurant1217 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the Stephanie Plum novels, Janet Evanovich's "other" novels don't usually hold my attention as much. Most of the time they get bogged down in sappy romance, which is not why I enjoy Evanovich's writing style. In this one, she uses the wit and sarcasm she usually reserves for Stephanie Plum in a character that would probably be friends with Stephanie Plum. A great, fast read - held my attention all the way through. I'll definitely be checking out the others in this series.
MuseofIre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Likeable, but not as laugh-out-loud funny as the early Stephanie Plum books. At least when Evanovich writes about NASCAR, she's got something more interesting to talk about than track decking and how many races Dale Earnhardt won (see St. Dale,/i>; better yet, don't).
FutureBestSeller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed the book, I felt maybe it wasn't as good as the first. From my library, you can see I am a huge fan but thought maybe the 'mishaps' were a little too over the top (if that is possible).
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cheating may not be kosher, but when a few tenths of a second can mean the difference between millions and second place, it's still part of the game, especially in NASCAR. Barney knows there's something fishy about the way the Huevo team's been winning races - she just can't prove it. Not, that is, until proof drops right into her hands. Of course, it comes packaged with grand theft auto, a couple of corpses, and a very angry bunch of leg-breakers.Hooker, Barney and Beans, not to mention Felicia and Rosa are a riot, and it's good to see them back. Now if only they'd get another outing!
phyllisd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caution: This review contains a spoiler. I enjoyed this book. The scenes with the dog Beans made me laugh out loud. But I never really understood what the chip did. And, if it is cheating, why are Hooker and Alex going to use it?
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in her Metro Girl series and I thoughtit was better than the first one was. The characters seemed to fit theirown skins better this time around somehow, and I wasn't distracted with hercalling Sam "Nascar Guy" this time (which I greatly appreciated). I'm not aracing fan AT ALL but I don't think you have to be to enjoy this particularbook. Main character Alexandra Barnaby (or Barney to her friends) isstarting to take flesh and become her own character and didn't come offfeeling like Stephanie Plum in Florida at the race track. She's somewhatbrighter and sharper and seems to have more savvy in this book. It's stilla fun read, I thought. I'll give it a 4.
effacina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nascar driver, "Hooker", and girl "spotter" become involved in a typically silly mess with bodies showing up wherever they are. on run from cops and bad guy racing team. Not particularly interesting or funny. Definately not up to evanovich's earlier Stephanie Plum novels.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barney, Hooker, and friends are back, tearing up the race track, and tearing up the town! The action takes place in a wild race around Southern Florida and Concord, North Carolina, home of NASCAR. Barney and Hooker "borrow" a NASCAR trailer to save a friend, only to discover that in addition to the two race cars and their friend Gobbles in the back, there's also a naked dead man wrapped in plastic! And that's not all... turns out the cars house their own secrets as well.Now on the run from a couple of hit men, the head of R&D at Huevo Industries, and the police for questioning on a murder they didn't commit, Barney and Hooker team up with old pals Felicia and Rosa to clear their names, and try to figure out what's going down in downtown!This was another great Evanovich read which I enjoyed just as much as its predecessor Metro Girl. It had a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, and you're left wondering just what's happening right up until the very end.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Metro Girl sequel and not as good as Evanovich's numeric series. Setting is the NASCAR circuit with a stolen microchip in the gear handle that leads to discovered dead bodies. Overly long section on feeding the dog prunes to have him "poop" the swallowed microchip out.
TaceyMullen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Follow up to Metro Girl. Lots of action, but I expected a little more relationship stuff between Barney & Hooker. Absolutely fun. A bit more outrageous, bordering on unbelievable, in a few places.
tiggyeaj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of the Alex Barnaby series, written in the same style as the well-known Plum novels, something about these novels doesn't click.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to Metro Girl this is a fun read, nothing major and nothing amazing but an entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it great book.
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