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The Deputy

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  858 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Toby is twenty-five, with a couple of years of junior college, a wife and kid, and a trailer. He's living in Coyote Crossing, working as a part-time deputy. When he gets a call about a dead body in the center of town, he pins his tin star to his Weezer T-shirt, slips into a pair of sweatpants, and grabs his revolver. Victor Gischler is the author of five novels, including ...more
Trade Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 2010 by Tyrus Books (first published August 2009)
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Feb 14, 2012 Kemper rated it liked it
It’s weird what can screw up your suspension of disbelief. For example, I cheerfully watched three Indiana Jones movies where things like Nazis getting their faces melted off by religious artifacts or one guy killing half the populations of India and Germany didn’t phase me at all, but when Harrison Ford survived a nuclear blast by climbing into a refrigerator, I rolled my eyes and mentally checked out for the rest of the movie.

While The Deputy is a fast and fun action thrill ride in a lot of w
Dan Schwent
Nov 14, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
All part-time deputy Toby Sawyer had to do was keep an eye on Luke Jordan's body. Now the corpse has vanished and people are coming out of the woodwork to put a bullet in Toby's head. Can Toby survive the night with his job and his life intact?

When I got my metric ton of free books at Bouchercon, Kemper mentioned that Victor Gischler was a good writer seconds before he went into his tantrum over the free John Sandford I scored. I have to say that that was one of many occasions when that curmudge
Nov 15, 2011 Simon rated it really liked it
The Deputy by Victor Gischler is a fun and wacky (in a good kind of way) adventure of a book. It's probably not going to be noticed by a lot of people or to the media but if you're looking for a quick read that is easy to follow along and won't scramble your brains trying to look for an answer, then definitely give The Deputy a try. These are the kind of books that although you'll definitely find flaws in them, you really won't mind them too much because it's not something you'll take seriously. ...more
Nov 23, 2011 kent rated it really liked it
This book needs to be a movie already. This is a first person story of a young guy who has a part time job as a deputy in BFE Oklahoma. He's got a wife and a kid and no future. A crime wave strikes his quiet little town and while he is three blocks down the street getting it on with a high school girl the body he was supposed to be guarding disappears. The night just gets worse from there. He gets hit, kicked, scratched, firebombed, shot at, rolls his car...and that's before he finds out. You ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Part-time deputy Toby Sawyer is called to the scene of a shooting by the Chief. Designated to be responsible for keeping an eye on the Luke Jordan’s body until the ME arrives, he gets tired of waiting and decides to hop down the street in this backwater Oklahoma town and visit Molly, his extra-marital girlfriend for a quick poke. Problem is when he gets back the body is gone.

Told in the first person, Gischler does a great job of keeping the reader as clueless of events as is Toby. He also wonder
Tim Niland
Jun 29, 2010 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Ex-musician Toby Sawyer wound up in Coyote Crossing, Oklahoma with a dilapidated trailer, an ungrateful wife and an infant son in need of diapers and formula. He took a part time town deputy job hoping to work his way up to full time employment, but he didn't think that he would be would be spending time babysitting the dead body of a former high school rival who had been murdered in a bar fight. But when the body disappears from under Toby's nose, things go from bad to worse in a hurry. ...more
Dec 12, 2011 J.D. rated it really liked it
Part-time sheriff's Deputy Toby Sawyer gives new meaning to the word "hapless." He's given the simple task of keeping his eye on the body of a local tough who turns up murdered. Somehow, he manages to botch even that. His efforts to set his mistake right send him lurching from one life-threatening situation to another, uncovering more and more secrets and corruption with every lurch.

Let's face it, Jack Reacher this guy ain't. But Victor Gischler keeps the action moving so fast, and makes the ba
May 07, 2010 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toby Sawyer was having a bad night. A part-time deputy hoping to make full time, he'd been left to guard the corpse of Luke Jordan, shot nine times by a jealous Mexican. He only sneaked off for a quickie with his girl friend to get back and find the body gfone.

The police chief couldn't be found. A car was following him around town as he looked for help. Three Mexicans catch and beat him, taking keys from his pocket. The police station is suddenly empty and locked up.

At the fire station, he runs
Jan 24, 2015 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Crime Thriller

Noir crime author Victor Gischler delivers again with a roller coaster thrill ride of a crime story with a high body count.

Toby Sawyer is basically a slacker, a young, part timer at the Sheriff's Dept. in Coyote Crossing, Oklahoma. With little money, a wife, a baby and a trailer, Toby hopes to someday be hired on a full-time basis. The Sheriff's Dept. in the dusty, desolate area usually deals with barking dogs or the occasional drunk at the local bar.

Local badboy Luke Jordan is fou
Jan 29, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-n-order
This is a fun book that moves along at a fast enough pace to make it a one day read. Part time deputy Toby is asked to guard a dead body that was found in the parking lot of the local honky tonk In small town Oklahoma. Of course even in small town America there are distractions for a young part time deputy. When the body turns up missing things will really heat up. The whole book covers one long night for this poor sap and is quite entertaining with plenty of action and some humorous parts as ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Dale rated it really liked it
I have only one bad thing to say about Gischler, and that's that the bulk of his books are one-sitting reads. You dive head first into the characters and circumstances he's created, are dragged by the nose through all the action, and then dumped out on the last page breathless and wondering a bit as to what exactly just happened. This one is no different. Toby is a quintessential slacker-made-good as he stumbles his way through the most unlikely night of his life.
Probabilmente anche Victor Gischler è un autore che ho fatto attendere troppo e il cui momento nel frattempo è ormai passato, come il Lansdale de Il lato oscuro dell’anima (anzi, forse è stato proprio Lansdale, in un’intervista letta chissà quanto tempo fa, a farmi scoprire Gischler mettendolo fra gli autori secondo lui da leggere assolutamente): fino a qualche anno fa noir duri, sporchi e anche ultra-violenti erano, se non proprio “il mio pane”, abbastanza frequenti fra le mie letture. Ora in ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Toby è un aiuto sceriffo part-time che confida ardentemente in una promozione a tempo pieno: con una moglie e un figlio a carico spetta a lui portare a casa la pagnotta. Certo che questa speranza si fa più flebile nel momento in cui perde il cadavere che gli era stato affidato. Inizia così una folle corsa alla ricerca del morto scomparso, che si trasforma ben presto in una lotta per salvarsi la pelle.
Il protagonista oscilla tra il tontolone e l'eroe, essere umano con le proprie debolezze ma anch
Jan 04, 2012 J. rated it really liked it
Last week you may have seen notable Marvel scribe Victor Gischler (X-Men) yelling from the top of the hills (ie: on Twitter) that his most recent novel The Deputy was available for a limited time for free (see: zero dollars) as a digital download for the Kindle. I didn’t download it. I actually bought it using money earlier this year and have been waiting for my school-related readings of such wonderful drollery like Melville’s Bartleby The Scrivener and various excerpts from the work of Cotton ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
What’s that, you say you like action stories? What? You say action stories are a dime a dozen and no one really knows how to slap down the type of story you’re looking for: a page-turner with lots of guns, bullets, sex and violence? Well, look no further than Victor Gischler’s The Deputy. Mr. Gischler does the wrong-man plot to perfection and he outshines himself in The Deputy.

In brief: Sad sack Toby Smith is a deputy sheriff in remote Coyote Falls, Oklahoma. A deputy by circumstance rather than
Wayland Smith
Dec 13, 2015 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it
There are a few different ways to do an adventure story. The Deputy is from the "It's all in one crazy night" kind. Things go bad and then get much, much worse.

Toby Sawyer is a slacker who excels in bad choices. He left his hometown of Coyote Crossing to try and be a musician, failed, and came back when his mother died. Then he ended up seeing someone, having a kid, and getting married. He started working part time for the Chief of Police who is also the Sheriff (I've never heard of that, but ma
Rob Kitchin
May 09, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing
The Deputy is country noir crime novel that unfolds at an ever-quickening pace. Gischler writes in a well honed, pared back prose, and like Daniel Woodrell seems to be able to paint characters with a few deft strokes. Whereas Woodrell focuses on the everyday and mundane consequences of crime, Gischler delivers a rollercoaster ride, with twists and turns and some very fine set pieces. There’s a nicely developed sense of place and the plotting is first rate. If the movie rights have been bought ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Cphe rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this fast past and thoroughly entertaining story even though it did defy belief. Toby Sawyer is a part time deputy in a small rundown town not too far from the Mexican border.

To put it bluntly Toby is a bit of loser, manipulated into a shotgun marriage, having a young son and living in a trailer, he's going nowhere fast.

When Toby is asked by the Chief of Police to watch over a dead body in the street, Toby can't even manage that. When the body disappears and some one tries to take
Brett Starr
Oct 21, 2010 Brett Starr rated it really liked it
Through the long night....

Toby Sawyer is a deputy in small town Oklahoma. Someone was shot tonight, Toby was supposed to keep an eye on the body, he didn't and the body disappears. Turns out this night is the night Toby finds out everything that he thought "was", "isn't"!

This was my first Gischler novel, I've been wanting to read Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse for quite awhile now, but just never got around to it. After "The Deputy" I'll definitely be going back to read more Gischler.

Toby is on
Darren Vincent
Aug 10, 2011 Darren Vincent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This book was a very easy and entertaining read. I really liked the progression of the character, especially given how much I disliked the character in the beginning. Maybe I don't understand the genre, but it did not have enough mystery or guesswork for me. I really like being able to play along with the character in trying to resolve the conflict, but this book provided my very little to none of that. It was a very linear read. Maybe that goes to show what a good author Gischler is, that I can ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is classic Gischler right here folks. I devoured this book in one sitting, and gave up the chance to cuddle with a hot sleeping naked chick because I needed to know what happens haha. Seriously though this guy is the best noire writer of our time and I always recommend any of his books. While most storytellers tell awesome stories that grab me and take me on a roller coaster I always feel that Victor Gischler is writing directly for me. I read some books and say why would he do that or what ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Alecia rated it liked it
Similar to the writing of Duane Swierczynski, this is a fast-paced, roller coaster of an action book, and all belief should be supeneded while reading. Part-time deputy Toby is the narrator, and he starts off the book as a total screw-up, chafing at the bit in his marriage to Doris, while sneaking off to his high-school mistress. Things in his quiet small town take a sudden turn when he is guarding a dead body, leaves the body for awhile to see his mistress, and the body is not there when he ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Kathie rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book when acquiring free books for my Kindle Fire and I am so glad I did. Young Toby Sawyer is a part-time duputy in a small Oklahoma town who gets called out at midnight by the police chief to babysit a dead body in a bar parking lot. Toby leaves to pursue his own pleasures only to return to the scene to find the body missing. He worries that he'll never get promoted to full-time, afford a better car and home, and be able to support his wife and small son. and takes ...more
Richard Wright
Sep 01, 2013 Richard Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
A fast, terse thriller in which all manner of violence drops into the life of Toby Sawyer, a small town deputy in over his head. There's plenty of black humour as the violence escalates over the course of one long night, and the author's ability to thumbnail sketch furious action has a Tarantino like poetry to it. The downside lies only in the emptiness of the plot, which is a predictable affair once it starts moving, but the book doesn't outstay its welcome and is plenty entertaining in telling ...more
M.L. Thor
Sep 19, 2013 M.L. Thor rated it liked it
Slacker heroism can be greatly appealing. In this case, Toby Sawyer, an underachiever fueled by energy drinks, cigarettes, and erections, rises to the sordid occasion in a hail of extreme violence. Taking place in the course of one night in a small Oklahoma town, The Deputy is a wham-bam-thank-you mama read which rarely pauses to count the dead, and they do pile up. The book is never less than engaging, and perhaps Gischler’s biggest accomplishment is keeping you riveted to a story that unfolds ...more
Steve Malley
Sep 18, 2011 Steve Malley rated it it was amazing
It's no secret I'm a pretty big fan of Victor Gischler. If you're curious about his work, this modern-day Western is a great place to start!

This one's maybe, *maybe* a little more serious than his usual run, but damn, does it hum! I'm not going to give away a bit of the plot, except to say that we're talking fast-paced and furious, plenty of twists and turns, menace from all sides, a good few laughs and plenty of blood on the floor.

Maybe one of the best books I read in 2010.
Dave Story
Oct 07, 2015 Dave Story rated it it was amazing
After giving an author a 1-star review, I don't generally give them a second try. However, I'm glad I took the recommendation to read this book.

Quite simply, it is a great Crime/Suspense/Thriller. Nice pacing and plot development. Good action. And for someone like me (who doesn't generally delve into these genres), I appreciated the accessible writing style and colorful characters that kept an already interesting read that much more satisfying.
Benoit Lelièvre
Apr 13, 2012 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it
This was quick and pleasant. Not the deepest read, but at the same time it doesn't bother with any of the pitfalls it would've if it tried to be deep. Nice, apt portrait of small towns with some bulldozer, bloodthirsty action. The events are happening over one single night which is very cool. I'd call that a summer read or a beach read, whatever is your name for it. It does a limited number of things as a novel, but what it does, it does very good.
Heath Lowrance
May 09, 2012 Heath Lowrance rated it it was amazing
Victor Gischler has never let me down, so I pulled up THE DEPUTY to ring in the new year. Gotta tell you, I think this is my favorite Gischler so far. The novel takes place over the course of one long, blood-soaked night as our young hero—a part-time deputy sheriff with no experience and no skills to speak of—must stay one step ahead of a wily group of professional killers. There’s lots of balls-out action in this one, great characters, and dead-on pacing.
Feb 05, 2012 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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Victor Gischler is an American author of humorous crime fiction.
Gischler's debut novel Gun Monkeys was nominated for the Edgar Award, and his novel Shotgun Opera was an Anthony Award finalist. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. His fifth novel Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse was published in
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