- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Tyrus Books (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935562002
- ISBN-13: 978-1935562009
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I preorder them; I drool over them in anticipation of their arrival and when I finally get my greedy little hands on the pulpy goodness contained within, I read them in one sitting
So sue me, I dig the Louisiana based novelist and I have every reason to. The man writes some of the best action scenes in crime fiction and his characters all tend to be smarmy, wise cracking--albeit believable--likeable lowlifes.
Gischler's newest, The Deputy-- his first with the good folks at Tyrus Publishing --has all of the same elements as his last four crime novels and he manages to amp it up a notch with this lean backwoods thriller.
The Deputy is the story of Toby Sawyer. Toby's a nice kid from a go no where, wind blasted western Oklahoma town. Toby is an aspiring musician who has escaped the smothering confines of his hometown, but is sucked back in after the death of his mother. While there to settle up her meager affairs, Toby knocks up a local girl during a night of partying with high school friends and before he knows it, he's a husband and father and working as a part time deputy for the sheriff's office in a vain attempt to squeak out a living for his young family. One night, Toby is called away from his family to baby sit a corpse until the local coroner can come and recover it.
While performing this slack jawed detail, Toby becomes bored and decides to visit his underage girlfriend. Upon his return, he discovers that the body has gone missing and thus begins his long night of violence, buckets of blood, betrayal, and corruption.
First off, if you've never read Gischler before, this should be the novel you start with. Gischler's abilities are on full display with The Deputy. There's very little build up before the author drops Sawyer into a shit storm and the dramatic action scenes are full bore and over the top. Sawyer is a very likable protagonist and if Gischler was to create a series character, the Deputy of the title wouldn't be a horrible choice.
For those of you who have read Gischler's previous novels, the best comparison I can offer is that The Deputy captures the same tone and energy as the near classic Shotgun Opera with out the narrative bulk to weigh it down. And, yes, length is the Deputy's strongest attribute. Gischler keeps the novel pared down and mean as hell. With the novel clocking in it at a sparse 250 pages, Gishcler never wastes a word and mirrors the classic pulp fiction of the 50's and 60's.
If I'm not mistaken, the entire events of The Deputy is all told within a nights time frame. However, the author doesn't actually give us the exact time for when events happen. And yes, many events do happen in this book! The story is simple enough. Toby is suppose to watch over a dead body, it goes missing, people then start chasing him to dish out a beat down, and Toby goes on a mission to discover just what the heck is going on.
There's not a whole bunch of stand out characters in The Deputy, being it's a short book and all. You pretty much follow Toby from start to beginning. What makes the story fun is that you just can't help but root for the guy. He's your typical dude who swears a lot, lives in a trailer, has many problems that would plague a normal person as well, enjoys sex and most of all, he considers himself stupid. The last point makes for some hilarious dialogue and moments in the book. You see, Toby did just enough to past the test to get into the police task force. So, he's no Jack Bauer or your typical MI5 operative. He's human and he makes mistakes just like any other.
There are a lot of fast paced action in this book. This keeps the book exciting and to make sure you never want to put it down. Yes, there will be some bloodshed and a whole lot of gun play but for the most part, it's not too gruesome. However, you'll still get the satisfied feeling that something big just went down!
In the end, I have nothing but good things to say about The Deputy. While reading the book, I've tried numerous times picturing myself in Toby's shoes and imagine how life would be in such a desolate town out in the middle of nowhere. While some of you might see the ending from a mile away, it shouldn't hamper the book too much. The Deputy was a free download on my Kindle device and many like to use the phrase "You get what you paid for". Well, I'm glad to say that I have read many interesting books in the free Kindle section and some of them even beat one's I've had to pay for. The Deputy is one such book.