Ranchero (Nick Reid #1)
Repo man Nick Reid had a seemingly simple job to do:talk to Percy Dwayne Dubois— pronounced "Dew-boys," front-loaded and hick specific—about the payments he’s behind on for a flat screen TV, or repossess it. But Percy Dwayne wouldn't give in. Nope, instead he saw fit to go all white-trash philosophical and decided that since the world was stacked against him anyway, he mi
Hot damn, what an utter hoot this book is. It's gravel and grit lit but with a lighter, sunnier touch, that bleeds zippy dialogue, colorful characters and zany situations. It's a road trip buddy picture type deal that very nearly turns into a circus caravan. It's Breaking Bad meets Pineapple Express on the Mississippi Delta where "crackers" and "white trash" abound, as much fiscally as they are hygienically challenged.
Nick Reid is just your regular guy trying to get along as best he can as a rep...more
The cover of this book bills it as a mystery. Well I don't know about that. Here is how this one starts: A repo guy go's out to collect a payment on a television set, ends up getting brained with a fireplace shovel and then has his car , that he borrowed, stolen. Now he sets out to locate said stolen vehicle, a calypso coral Ford Ranchero in mint condition. Now this book is set in the deep Delta country of Mississippi and is chock full of rednec...more
Ranchero is full of that 'ol Southern charm and humor, with a dash of introspection and a big heaping pile of pure entertainm...more
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Ranchero is NOT a mystery, it says it is on the cover, but it’s not. Don’t let that stop you from picking up this novel though if you like a good yarn with eclectic characters and plenty of action.
I found Rick Gavin’s writing style enjoyable, everything and everyone moves in rapid fire kind of speed which is completely opposite to how everything else...more
Of course, each new plan only makes things more complicated, and Nick and Desmond reluctantly end up with m...more
I will admit I was not prepared to like this book. This was one the first books I entered to win through First Reads, before I realized that there were over 1,000 contests to enter and I needed to be a bit more selective with my entries. When I saw that I actually won the book, I thought, "Uh-oh. I won a book that I am not sure I really want to read." I am so glad that I did.
I don't think I've ever laughed harder at a story that takes place in the South (namely the Mississippi Delta region). This author has it; he has the voice to tell this story. He has captured the culture, the accents, and other geographical quirks perfectly. Full of madcap adventures, this story didn't slow down for me once. It flew along at breakneck speeds with nowhere to pull off on the shoulder and close the book. I loved every char...more
Nearly every character was a violent sleaze-...more
This was a good interesting read. The author had captured my interest in the book from the beginning. With the talk about the area, culture, and life in part of the southern states makes this book come to life. I do not know a lot about the area described in the book but the author had the agriculture correct. I highly recommend this book to people that like to read crime-mystery.
********THIS WAS A GOODREADS.COM CONTEST WIN!!!!!!!!...more
This is funny stuff.
SETTING: Mississippi Delta
Nick Reid is a former cop who has become a repo man. His latest job is to repossess a TV from Percy Dwayne Dubois (pronounced “Dew Boys”), a supposedly easy task. Things go terribly wrong when Dubois decides that he isn’t going to cooperate—he ends up hitting Nick on the head with a shovel and stealing his landlady, Pearl’s, coral-colored 1969 Ranchero. Pearl is the kind of person who has to give everything she ow...more
recover the stolen Ranchero that the landlady's deceased husband had kept in pristine, I'm talking pristine, condition. The characters are funny and the situations bizarre but such is life. For instance, the landlady is an "insister." She insists that Nick come for dinner, she insists tha...more
Gavin has a very clever way with words. The book made me laugh out loud in places. The atmosphere was portrayed marvelously; I felt like I was there. A quick, fun (and relatively informative, if you knew nothing about the Mississippi Delta like myself) read. I highly recommend it, and hav...more
Only problem I had with it was that my dog tried to eat it halfway through. Did some real damage to the spine, but I was able to keep it together a...more