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Ranchero (Nick Reid #1)

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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 mig ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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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
The Following Review Is A Firstreads Winner Review:

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
Tristan Yi
This book was flat-out AWESOME. It was action-packed, funny as all hell, and strangely philosophical. It was like a less intense Gran Torino plus Breaking Bad plus Raymond Chandler, if he was from Mississippi. Simply put, this book is about a search for a car which turns into an all-out crusading war for truth, justice, and the Southern way. Not to mention drugs and money.

Ranchero is full of that 'ol Southern charm and humor, with a dash of introspection and a big heaping pile of pure entertainm
First things first, I won this as an Advance Readers Copy via the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway & thank you Goodreads.

Now onto the good stuff.

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
Nov 23, 2011 Lisa added it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads, arc
Ex-cop and repo man Nick Reid thought he was on a simple collection for $20 owed on a rented TV. Instead, Percy Dwayne Dubois knocks Nick out with a shovel, and steal’s the 1969 Ranchero Nick borrowed from his landlady. Accompanied by his Sonic-loving friend Desmond, Nick sets out across the Mississippi Delta to retrieve the TV for his hotheaded boss, and to return the Ranchero as promised.

Of course, each new plan only makes things more complicated, and Nick and Desmond reluctantly end up with m
I stopped by the Indianola Sonic on my lunch break last week, which reminded me I had not yet written a review for this book. Thanks to Turnrow Books in Greenwood, MS for recommending this book to a friend, who in turn loaned it to me. Gavin's hysterically funny novel takes place in the Mississippi Delta, and the plot meanders along as a slew of hilarious (and insane) characters attempt to recover the hero's Ranchero from a drug dealer. The author's strengths were definitely character and dialog ...more
Kristin Little
Disclaimer: I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. This review pertains to the ARC version.

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.

This novel
Rick Gavin, you hit it out of the trailer park on this one!

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
I requested Ranchero from the library after reading a review that extolled its descriptions of the Mississippi Delta. Having spent an emotional week in the Delta after my Indianola born and raised brother-in-law died, I thought I would enjoy revisiting the area in print. Rick Gavin did a good job describing the landscape, but the characters who peopled his book were so different from those I met that the it did not recapture the sense of place for me.

Nearly every character was a violent sleaze-
Oct 23, 2011 KyBunnies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime-Mystery Readers
Recommended to KyBunnies by:
********THIS WAS A GOODREADS.COM CONTEST WIN!!!!!!!!!!**********

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.

I read this book because it was a recommended book at my local library. I can imagine this as a Quentin Tarantino movie. It was everything great all rolled into one. It had action, dark comedy, mystery and a great road trip. I would often start laughing out loud when I thought of all these misfits getting together to catch a drug lord. It's not good vs. evil. It's minor criminals on a reluctant manhunt for someone worse than they are. In many ways it's more of a "guy" book, but I still loved it! ...more
This was a Firstreads giveaway. My luck has continued with these giveaways! Gavin takes the reader on a ride through the Delta with nonstop action. His grasp of the culture of his characters and knack for immersing the reader knee deep in this culture is reminiscent of Larry Brown. I recommend this book to any reader looking for a fast paced, fun read and I look forward to upcoming volumes in the series.
Oct 03, 2011 Vennie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a light read
I truly enjoyed Rick Gavin's Ranchero. It's amusing from cover to cover. Set in the Missippi Delta. Nick Ried, the main character is a man of action...even while he is surrounded by "cracker trash", "swamp rats" and druggies. It's written in a sort of laid back style and the characters are a real kick! If you enjoy light reading this might be a book for you.
I have me a new boyfriend and his name is Rick Gavin. I loved this book. Mississippi Delta rednecks, crackers, assorted ne'er do wells and one Acadian stick f*ck run out of New Orleans. Full of poverty, violence and stupidity, yet at the same time, it's a wickedly funny and upbeat book. I loved it muchly.
Nov 26, 2011 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone needing a laugh; appreciating rednecks and their ways.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review.
Mr. Gavin's first novel is a hit in my opinion. He redefines terms like bigot, redneck, swamp rat, and another bunch of colorful characters in this entertaining tour of the major Sonic drive-ins in the Mississippi delta region.

This is funny stuff.
Ranchero first off is not a mystery like it says it is but Ranchero is a good book and it is mostly fast paced which is good I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
The Dukes of Hazzard meet Spencer. Funny and slightly hard-boiled at the same time. Good mystery, great dialogue. What a debut!
Great writing and a hilarious romp, set in the Mississippi Delta. Loved it.
i loved this book. it was very good!
This book is fun to read. It travels all around Mississippi (mostly from Sonic to Sonic) and goes from a simple TV repo job to car theft to kidnapping to an all-out war with a meth dealer. And it does it with a sense of humor and is told by a narrator who knows how to turn a phrase. But it is not all that long on plot. There is a story here that you can follow from beginning to end. It’s not that it doesn’t have a discernible story line; it’s just that sometimes it felt like the story line was j ...more
PROTAGONIST: Nick Reid, repo man
SETTING: Mississippi Delta
RATING: 3.75

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
Cynthia Bazinet
Gavin’s first novel is, simply put, a blast. As we tag along with world-weary repo man Nick Reid and his leviathan coworker & best friend Desmond in their efforts to recover a “kidnapped” 1969 Ranchero, we are treated to all manner of exotic species--a dandified metrocracker named Luther, a landlady named Pearl (inadvertent coincidence or intentional nod to Will Ferrell?), and a trio of dim-witted lotharios who, between them, display all the allure semi-edentulous crackers can muster. Nick a ...more
John Onoda
This debut novel by author Rick Gavin is about a bill collector’s efforts to recover his stolen Ranchero from a series of low-lifes who pass it along (willingly or unwillingly) in a way that keeps the protagonist continually switching gears and refocusing on targets as he doggedly pursues the stolen vehicle through the most criminal and eccentric cut of society in the Mississippi Delta region. One way to think of this narrative is a dog bone tied to a string and put in front of a puppy that poun ...more
Dave and I read this book in one sitting during a recent drive to Manhattan - or should that be two sittings? On the way there, and on the way back? Either way, we read it in a day. It just seemed like a natural choice for a road trip, as the plot revolves around a prolonged car chase. The main characters, Nick and his sidekick, Desmond, reminded me of Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk, with a southern accent. The chase was fast-moving and fun, with a slew of quirky characters and vivid descri ...more
Nick Reid is an ex-cop-turned-repo man in search of the pink (well,coral) Ford Ranchero that his landlady leant him. It has been stolen by a cracker lowlife named Percy Dwayne Dubois, who proposes selling the car back to Nick. Togther with his repo sidekick Desmond, Nick hunts for the car across the Mississippi delta, finding that it has fallen into the hands of a meth cooker named Guy. There is not a line in this book that doesn't contain a zinger in the form of cryptic commentary. All of it is ...more
Janet Rundquist
This was a fun read - Gavin's writing is rich and flavorful. Great descriptions, vivid metaphors, and he gives a full experience for a group of rag-tag, borderline personalities that have their own moral code in the Mississippi Delta. I could have done without a couple of the ways skin-color was described and I started to lose the feel or credibility of the protagonist's true motivations, but the story ended neatly and I'd enjoy seeing any number of these same characters again in future installm ...more
As far as murder goes for this Madison Murder, Ink bookclub choice, it was rather light. Only 2 murders in the whole book - one in real time and the other was referenced. But, it was a quick read with interesting characters, and a "ballsy road-trip" to boot. The visuals of 4 grown men in a Geo...and the man stuffed into the truck with his legs hanging v-shapped out...those were rather entertaining. I'm not sure how I feel about the lead man - Nick Reid, but his relationship with his felow repo m ...more
A crackling first novel which takes a colorful, irreverent, and satirical look at life on the Mississippi delta. Nick Reid is an ex-cop from Virginia who now works as a repo-man for a 'rent to own' outfit. One day his assignment is to get back a flat-screen TV or negotiate payments, and the deal turns sour, and the client beats him up, and steals his mint-condition, coral-colored 1969 Ranchero that Nick borrowed from his landlady. This sets off a chase through the rural areas of the delta among ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jenn, Bey, Sean, Bob Brill
Recommended to Amy by: Louise Schraa, Pam
What a romp! The writer aka Tom Pearson, writes with wry humor about the down but not out in the Mississippi Delta. Former police officer, now a repo-man, Nick Reid promises his landlady and himself that he will
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
While I realize that authors use hyperbole to convey atmosphere, this book made me never ever want to visit the Mississippi Delta! It sounds just awful! I don't think that that was Rick Gavin's intention, but...

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
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