THE ROLE OF GREYHOUNDS IN THE SUSPENSE SERIES
Author Joyce Godwin Grubbs first rescue: “DEX” (Justune’s Dixie was his racing name)
While the greyhounds inspired the format used to support the stories of the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series, it is not “about them”, but rather about the actual victim/survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault.(Real cases fictionalized to protect identities.) However it is important to explain that the parallels between the greyhounds and victim/survivors is very real. One learns a great deal about this amazing breed during the course of the series.
The plight of the racing greyhound is not unlike that of victims of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Both are victims of a lifestyle of abuse, pain, and perceived unending control that often ends in death. That of course, is the very definition of a victim of domestic violence.
The novels by author Joyce Godwin Grubbs bring these two worlds together; not on a collision course, but on a beneficial and healing course to better their lives. Known for her convoluted plots, the reader needs to keep a heightened awareness of clues that are both subtle, and yet often “in your face”.
The beauty of the novels is that they are uplifting and filled with humor, love and power. They give us a glimpse of what “could be” and “what is”. But, first and foremost, they are an exciting and edgy variety of mysteries, suspense, and romance, that keep the plots on a roller coaster ride for the reader and then bringing them to a breathless conclusion.
The adoptions of these three Greyhounds by the author, were the inspiration to set the “underground for victim/survivors” in Oklahoma, with one of the locations being a “Greyhound Ranch” where the greyhounds are brought after being rescued from the tracks and from unscrupulous breeders. The “forever homes” are found for them. It is in their transportation via large transports, that a secret “room/cell” has been built into the transport trailer and secretly, victims are transported to new locations across the country while in the guise of adoption runs for the greyhounds. A very sophisticated system is in place and the transports are done in cooperation with the “Cleft of Rock Shelter” for the highest risk victims only, and a transition underground village in Wyoming to help victims/families transition into new identities and locations.
BABY DOLL GRUBBS AT HOME IN HER “SOONER” GEAR AND BIG BUDDY GRUBBS, IN HIS OKIE STATE “COWBOY” OSU GEAR.