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The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  474 ratings  ·  139 reviews
“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

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experi
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Forge Books (first published September 30th 2014)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
4.5 stars

This book is so much fun.
Ruddy McCann was an all star football player destined for greatness in the big leagues..then a bad thing happened and he ended up as a repo man and part time bouncer in his co-owner bar.
The man has some crap luck..between getting his arse kicked during a repo by a goose named Doris.

He starts hearing what at first he thinks is the stuffed bear in the bar's voice..........

As it turns out somehow a dead realtor named Alan has ended up in his head. Alan wants Ru
Wart Hill
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Ruddy McCann, Repo Man (not as in Repo the Genetic Opera, but as in “You did not make the payments for that you do not get to keep it”), has a strange dream. In this dream, he gets killed. When he wakes up, he puts it out of his mind. Until he starts hearing a voice in his head. Initially, he just chalks it up to going crazy, but it turns out that voice is the voice of the man who died, one Alan Lottner
Allen Adams

The hero’s journey is one of the oldest stories that we tell. There have been endless variations on that theme; a multitude of takes on the idea. And yet, so many storytellers find ways to keep that seemingly ageless idea fresh.

Introducing a flawed hero into the equation is one way to do it. Finding a way to put a kink in the paths usually traveled is another. And if you can do both, well…then you’ve got something interesting.

That’s what W. Bruce Cameron h
I absolutely loved this book, which came as a total surprise to me. It was up there as one of the best books I read this year. The plot is pretty odd: our main character, Ruddy, is a repo man who deals with some unsavory characters. He gives a lot of his earnings to the family bar that he and his sister Becky inherited after their parents passed away. One night, while in said bar, he begins to hear a voice in his head. The voice of a man named Alan who claims he was murdered. Ruddy decides to fi ...more
I have a soft spot for characters who are screw-ups with good hearts, and Ruddy (like the complexion) is exactly that. And he repossesses cars for a living, an occupation no one holds in high esteem. (As an aside, I never understood the contempt for repo men. You promise to pay for a car, you don't pay, you don't return it, it gets taken away. What is so nefarious about that?)

This story by W. Bruce Cameron, the author of A Dog's Purpose among other books, is entertaining and mostly fluffy with a
Since I read two of Cameron's other books, (A Dog's Journey, A Dog's Purpose), and liked both, I thought I would read this one. I certainly am glad I did. I really like the story line, the characters, and the some what humorous tale of the Repo Man. It starts out simple enough with Ruddy McCann trying to make a living stealing other peoples vehicles in the middle of the night. He strictly works on commission to the lien holders of said vehicles. Some repos give him more trouble than others. Take ...more
Robert Haught
Who knew a "repo man" could have such an exciting life?
Ruddy McCann steals cars for a living. He also works as a bouncer in the bar run by his sister.
But to make life even more interesting, Ruddy begins hearing a voice in his head.
It is the spirit of Alan Lottner, a real estate agent who had disappeared from their small northern Michigan town seven years ago.
At first, Ruddy thinks he's going bonkers. Too many blows to his head in bar fights. Or worse, the dreaded "Repo Madness." The voice becom
Ruddy McCann is a repo man. On the side he is the bouncer at the bar his parents left to his sister Becky. The bar isn't doing well financially and when Ruddy's boss's nephew Kermit gets involved, Ruddy is worried that things will go from bad to worse.
As if that wasn't bad enough, after having a bad dream in which he was murdered by 2 men, Ruddy is now hearing a voice in his head. The voice of a man who was murdered. The voice of the man who is the father of the woman he is interested in.
Now Rud
I have heard good things about Cameron’s earlier novels (I even own two of them, unread on my shelves!), but this is the first one that I have read - and what an enjoyable read it is! It’s a surprisingly hilarious book albeit with a ridiculous premise (Ruddy, ex-football star and now titular Repo Man suddenly starts to hear the voice of a murdered man in his head) that just works so brilliantly. The Michigan characters all feel authentic and Ruddy makes for a charming, lovable, down-on-his-luck ...more
Full review at Smoke & Mirrors: Excellent book! Great mystery! Nice little romance! Like Bruce, I will use as many exclamation points as I wish!! (From the acknowledgements section... :)) Ooh, the bad guys were really bad! There is a sequel in the works, too! I like Ruddy. I really liked Alan. Albert Einstein Croft and Doris! That was something similar to what I might find in a Stephanie Plum novel! :)

Cameron's humor appears throughout and really hei
George Palmer
I only read this because I loved his other books, A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey so much. I only read those books because my daughter begged me to read them.

I approached this one with some trepidation, I don't read dog books, but I loved the other two. However, I am a big mystery, thriller fan, and sometimes I like a book with an interesting paranormal twist, like The Lovely Bones.

So in other words, this one is really in my wheelhouse, as a reader, and I was so sure I would be disappointe
Kate Ayers
Five stars for absolute fun. Ruddy McCann, fallen football star, disappointment to his family and not real proud of himself, is eking out a living towing away bank repos. Unsurprisingly, he has to be quite creative in his tactics, since people who possess cars they quit paying for tend to be less than cooperative about giving them back. As if things are bleak enough for Ruddy, he starts hearing voices in his head. No, make that just one voice. And the voice has a name. Alan. Alan claims to have ...more
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Ruddy had great prospects in life as the college football star. Now however, he's a repo man collecting the cars from people who can't/won't pay for them. After an incident at work he wakes up to find a voice inside his head. The voice says he's Alan, he's been murdered and he wants Ruddy to find the people responsible for his death, so there can be justice. But is it real, or is it a case of the so called Repo Madness?

Set in some small
Some funny stuff, a fairly good story and a little bit silly. Bottom line: if there is something else on your shelf that you have been thinking about and you can't decide between this and that go for the other one first.

Sometimes I feel a little more ripped off with these in-betweeners because with the really bad, at least you get to rip them apart with your review and obviously the good are just good. These ones, I just wish I had spent the time reading something better. I have gained nothing
Peggy Roberson
How would you classify this book? Part mystery, part romance, part comedy, but the worst part would be if you missed out on reading it!! Mr. Cameron has taken what I feel to be a mystery, and has turned Agatha Christie on her head!! This was such a delightful, couldn't-put-down, type of read that will make you laugh, gasp, sigh, and even shed a tear or two!! Just don't be late in picking up this book!! You won't be disappointed!!
Bunny Sheperd
LOVED this book. So funny and a true page turner. The characters seemed so real, and though it made me laugh out loud, I also found it deeply touching, especially the part where the father gets to hold his daughter. I won't plot spoil and say more than that but it was just beautiful. I love this writer and I love that he's in a new genre. There's a dog, so I was happy. It's perfect! Can't wait for this to be a series! This replaces Carl Hiassen for me, whom I loved, until he kept writing the sam ...more
Danny Stevens
Man I loved this book. I heard it was funny but people always say that and then I never laugh out loud even once. I laughed a TON at this, and was totally caught up in the story and the characters. Totally recommend this one and I'm in for the series, because I like to read that way. Jack Reacher is my favorite hero of these kinds of books, but I have to say, Ruddy McCann the Repo Man might give Jack a run for his money, because Jack isn't funny, and Ruddy is!
Jan Polep
What a treat to stumble on this funny mystery with a title that hides a book full of quirky characters, lots of action, a little romance and a DOG! Set in a small town in Northern Michigan, a down-on-his-luck Repo man wakes up with a dead guy talking to him in his head. Throw in a family bar, Repo disasters, a get-rich-quick scheme, some seat-of-the-pants detective work, side stories about whacky friends, and did I mention a're going to love it. Sure hope the author follows through wit ...more
While I did not find this story to be "laugh-out-loud" funny, it did have moments of light humor. It was a good mystery, wrapped around the premise of one man having another man living in his head. If this kind of bizarre story appeals to you, you should read this book.
Ruddy, after an odd night's dream, finds Alan's voice living in his head. Ruddy is a repo man, a loving older brother, a good egg, a champion of the helpless, and the bearer of a past he can never escape. And now he's a detective,
Toni McKilligan
I'm giving this book three stars because while it was good, it could have been way better. The concept had so much potential, but Cameron didn't quite pull it off. Ruddy is a repo man who finds himself hearing the voice of a dead man in his head. Right there is the enormous potential that this story possesses. And if the author had concentrated on that instead of filling up pages with redundancies and complications that had no ultimate bearing on the story, he would have nailed it. Still, it was ...more
Goodreads winner of audio version. Thanks.

W. Bruce Cameron has created a laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining comedy/mystery. Ruddy McCann , the protagonist , is a repo man that starts hearing a voice in his head that turns out to be Alan Lottner who had been murdered 8 years prior and is also the deceased father of Ruddy's girl friend. It's a comic tale filled with a cast of colorful characters . The plot is action-packed, beautifully constructed , hilarious and shouldn't be missed. I didn't
This was a fun mystery. Sometimes I was laughing out loud. There were a number of puzzles running through the main story, and I found it all entertaining.
Goodreads winner. Thanks.
W Bruce Cameron has created a laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining comedy/mystery. Ruddy McCann , the protagonist, is a repo man that starts hearing a voice in his head that turns out to be Alan Lottner who had been murdered 8 years prior and is also the deceased father of Ruddy's girlfriend. A comic tale filled with a cast of colorful characters . The plot is action-packed, beautifully constructed hilarious and shouldn't be missed. I didn't want the ride to end.
Mike Schneider
A light-hearted first-person story about a fellow who repossesses cars for a loan company and his travails as he tries to solve a long-ago murder.
A fun read. Quirky is what comes to mind. A murder, a voice in Ruddy's head, what's going on? Enjoyable
Joy Andrews
Wow, this one has everything I like! Humor, great characters, a surprising plot, a spooky, spiritual, paranormal element. This one's a winner!
Hilary Kotecki
Cameron's novel doesn't just start with a bang; it keeps your attention the whole way through.

The premise sounds interesting, and believe me, it delivers. Ruddy's life is mediocre at best. He is a repo man and while he's good at his job, his life isn't the highlight reel it was when he was in high school and beginning college. A tragedy that isn't named until halfway through the book has left Ruddy with not many options other than his tow truck job. His sister keeps up the bar their parents left
Shannon Noonan
I loved this book! Very entertaining and quick read. I can't wait to read the next one if there is a sequel.
Funny characters and situations as repo man Ruddy McCann thinks he just might be going nuts when he’s suddenly hearing a voice in his head that no one else can hear. Eventually Alan tells him he was murdered and doesn’t know how he got in Ruddy’s body, but he can’t get out. Still, Ruddy would prefer to believe that the job has gotten to him instead of believing he’s possessed. Alan wants Ruddy to find the guys who killed him and bring them to justice. But just how does one explain all of this to ...more
Thank you Shelf Awareness for my review copy.

W. Bruce Cameron garnered a following with his lively novels A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, and his latest novel, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, will appeal to those readers. Ruddy McCann, former Heisman Trophy winning football player, has settled back into his hometown as co-owner of The Black Bear bar and supplementing his income as a Repo man. McCann’s colorful boss Milt tells Ruddy he has the requisite “nerves of stupidity” to legally st
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