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At the start of this solid noir from Gischler (Suicide Squeeze), the police chief of Coyote Crossing, Okla., asks Toby Sawyer, a part-time deputy, to keep an eye on the bullet-ridden body of redneck Luke Jordan, found late one night lying half-in and half-out of an old pickup truck. Since a 17-year-old girl Toby's fond of lives nearby, he can't resist the temptation to take a break from his vigil. On returning to the truck and discovering the corpse gone, Toby fears his dereliction of duty will end his job with the sheriff's office. In the course of his desperate search for the cadaver, Toby encounters a truckload of illegal Mexican aliens as well as corrupt colleagues. Meanwhile, as the body count rises, Toby's wife, with whom he has a loveless marriage, leaves town. The ending may be a bit upbeat for true noir devotees, but it leaves the door open for a sequel, which would be a welcome prospect, given Toby's appeal as a protagonist. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Victor Gischler is the author of 6 novels including the Edgar Award nominated GUN MONKEYS (Best First Novel), Anthony Award finalist SHOTGUN OPERA, and GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005307N7U
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Victor Gischler is the author of such novels as GUN MONKEYS, SHOTGUN OPERA, GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE DEPUTY and others. His work has been optioned for film and translated into numerous languages. He's also written such comic book titles as X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, The Punisher, Conan, and The Shadow. He is a world traveler, grad school survivor and BBQ aficionado.

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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Steve Weddle on May 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Toby Sawyer is an idiot. I'm sorry, but he is. He's kinda stuck in a trailer park with a dumb wife and a baby son. He loves the kid, but the wife. Feh. She watches reality shows all day. So, yeah. Not so much with that one. But Toby is trying to get his stuff together. He's on part-time with the sheriff's office and trying to get on full-time. A young punk from the local Hatfields or McCoys is found shot to death -- nine bullet holes. Toby is supposed to watch the body while the other cops go investigate and the coroner makes his way there. Toby goes into the local diner for a second and when he comes out, the body is gone. So now his future is shot to hell.

He's not really interested in finding the body. He's interested in just making it all go away, in waking up from a bad dream. One second he's crawling out the window of his college-bound girlfriend and the next he's getting chased like he's Dennis Weaver. And then he's on the run. And he has no idea why. Soon enough, not only is his life at stake -- but so is that of his baby son.

Crooked cops. Smugglers. Nasty locals. This 249-page book is so full of characters, sometimes it feels like that Thomas Mann book where he builds up the family to tear them down. And sometimes this one feels like a long short story, with action that you feel as if you're reading a short story -- all flesh and shotguns and chases.

I read this in one fell-swoop between lunch and dinner on Sunday. Which pisses me off. I should have just read a few chapters each day, so that I could enjoy it for longer.

Ah, well. As they say in the book: "What's a man supposed to do? How does a man know?"

This is what noir is: that rough, bloody adrenaline rush that makes you remember why you read books in the first place.

Buy. This. Book.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chris La Tray on May 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
One warning before picking up this book: don't crack it open unless you are willing to park your ass in place for a couple hours and read it front to back in one sitting. Because once the action starts - and it starts almost immediately - it doesn't stop until the end of the book. It is almost impossible to put down.

The Deputy (2010, Tyrus Books) takes place over the waning hours of a single hot, humid night in August. Toby Sawyer is an aimless twenty-something who had abandoned the tiny Oklahoma town of Coyote Crossing to pursue his dream as a musician. Things didn't turn out as planned, and when his mother died shortly after his graduation from the police academy, he returned home to bury her, got a girl pregnant, and ended up staying. Now he's a part time deputy, and really has no higher aspirations than getting hired on full time. When the body of a local bully and small time criminal turns up, and disappears under his watch (he'd left it unattended just long enough to sneak off and have sex with his underage girlfriend, despite having a wife and young son at home), Toby is certain he'll be fired.

Events kick up several notches from there. Before the sun rises Toby will get laid one-and-a-half more times (once by his wife, and almost again a second time with his girlfriend) before getting abandoned or dumped by both. He'll wreck his car, then steal and trash a couple other vehicles that don't belong to him. He'll also be being shot at, attacked with an axe and clawed in the face. Through it all he manages to survive long enough to produce an impressive body count of his own, all while uncovering an illegal human smuggling ring that may or may not include more than half of the Coyote Crossing police force - his co-workers.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on April 24, 2010
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Victor Gischler's latest novel is ripped from the old noir novels Gold Medal published back in the 1960s. Those books molded a generation of readers and writers that still succumb to tales of crime, criminals, and heroes that get their hands dirty while doing a violent job by their own rules.

As with his earlier novels, Gischler writes about Oklahoma, but Coyote Crossing is so far back in the woods that most people in the state never notice it on the map. Toby Sawyer is a twenty-five year old part-time deputy living the life of a total slacker. He's also got the requisite blue-collar life for living in small town Oklahoma: a wife that doesn't really love him, a young son he loves that forces him to grow up faster than he wants to, a trailer, and a souped-up rusting wreck of a car.

I grew up in towns like Coyote Crossing and Gischler fairly describes the residents and the environment. It's depressing in some instances, as the author intends, but it also reminds me a lot of how hard you have to work to get out of such places, and why life-long residents live there.

The murder of Luke Jordan, a member of an outlaw clan that's lived in Coyote Crossing forever, jump starts the novel into overdrive. I liked the fact that Toby reported for duty wearing his deputy's badge pinned to a Weezer shirt and that his .38 kept dragging his sweatpants down if he tried to hook it there.

Immediately, things take a turn for the worse while Toby's out cheating on his wife when he's supposed to be guarding the body of the murder victim. At the beginning, I really thought about giving up on the book because Toby was such an unsympathetic character and the murder didn't look all that interesting.

Then Gischler turns up the heat.
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