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The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man: A Novel (Ruddy McCann) Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
“The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man introduces my favorite kind of flawed cynical protagonist in Ruddy McCann, former football star, now Repo Man in a small town full of memorable weirdos. It's suspenseful, action-packed, romantic, and above all, truly funny. I loved it.” ―Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author
“An appealing hero plus slick suspense and wry smiles: what more could you want?” ―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author
“A joy to read! At once, original, absorbing, hilarious, gripping and emotionally satisfying. A deftly written, small town family chronicle wrapped in a laugh out loud premise, wrapped even tighter in a page-turning thriller. I marveled at every page!” ―Andrew Gross, NYT Bestselling author of No Way Back and Everything to Lose on Midnight Plan of the Repo Man
About the Author
W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series. He lives in California.
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His sister has a new boyfriend who has her involved in a scheme to run credit card numbers for a psychic line, but that turns out to be sex line. Few callers, it seems, give their real card number to a sex line. The callers protest the charges, and they have to be reimbursed. Ruddy did try to warn her. But now she’s in danger of losing the bar, she inherited from their parents.
Ruddy’s best friend is receiving thousand dollar checks in the mail. That sounds too good to be true. Ruddy advises his friend not to cash them. He does and they’re bouncing. The friend, who is not too bright, is getting deeper and deeper into debt and into trouble. It sounds improbable, but it’s a good case for Ruddy to investigate. He’s a very good detective.
Other friends have get rich quick schemes, and the results are sometimes amusing.
But Ruddy’s biggest problem is Alan. He’s the ghost who inhabits his head and keeps talking to him. Alan was murdered; he doesn’t know why but he does know who murdered him. Ruddy is soon trying his best to figure out the motive for Alan’s motive and to bring the killers to justice. Alan is also a good excuse for Ruddy to use detective skills.
Ruddy’s an ex football player, so he is not a guy to mess with. Of course, the killers come after him. It’s not just Alan’s killers who are after him, so he has to be smart and tough just like any good fictional detective.
I love the way the author captures the spirit of Northern Michigan. The people and the places are accurately depicted. Michigan is a state of factory workers, black bears, and beautiful lakes. I should know. I live there.
W. Bruce Cameron is one of those authors I keep going back to. This book is a change from his dog books, which are all a must-read for all pet lovers. But this unusual ghost/murder mystery is also a great read in its own way. Ruddy McCann would make great series character. I hope Cameron comes back to them again and again. I hope he comes back to Michigan again and again.
I like everything about this book. The cast of characters are unique and fully developed, just odd enough to make them interesting and believable. The complicated plot plays out in such a way that it's not the least bit difficult to understand. Just as an example, we hear another person talking to Ruddy inside his mind and don't know how it got there for quite sometime. Ruddy thinks maybe he's finally gone crazy and the reader is treated to a play by play of their dialogue that is hilarious.
I can recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a good story and has a sense of humor. If you've never read Bruce Cameron's books, do yourself a favor and start with this one. If you like dogs, A Dogs Purpose, A Dogs Journey or his most recent book The Dog Master are all excellent.
The voice - who is it? What does it want?
Turns out, the voice has a name - Alan, and he's not any happier about the situation than Ruddy. As he astutely observes, "I'm a man trapped in a man's body."
This, of course, turns out to be something akin to having Felix Unger and Oscar Madison try to inhabit the same brain, and translates into pages and pages of merriment for the reader.
There are a lot of things going on here. Ruddy's suddenly trying to solve a murder, while figuring out who's sending bad checks to his feeble-minded buddy AND dealing with his sister's new beau's shady credit card scheme. The author manages to keep all plates deftly spinning, so three cheers for that.
My favorite bits were the repos and even more, the attempted repos. As Ruddy puts it, being a repo man requires "nerves of stupidity", and that is well demonstrated here. One repo turns into a repeated gag which had one of THE BEST conclusions EVER. It also provided the BEST LAUGH I've had in ages!
Oh, yeah - there's also a lovable elderly dog (who doesn't die!)
Paws down, this is a winner.