Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Review: The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W Bruce Cameron

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan's full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars.

Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head.

The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn't sure if Alan is real, or if he's losing his mind. To complicate matters, it turns out Katie, the girl he's fallen for, is Alan's daughter.

When Alan demands Ruddy find his murderers, Ruddy decides a voice in your head seeking vengeance is best ignored. When Alan also demands he clean up his act, and apartment, Ruddy tells him to back off, but where can a voice in your head go?

My Review: 
I don't really have a lot to say about this one except is just wasn't for me. I think I'm finding out that I don't really want to read about a collection of weird people in a small town. It was the characters that switched me off in this book pretty much as soon as I started.

Ruddy is a bit of a loser who is supposed to be a repo man but isn't doing a very good job of it. Is there much point in being a repo man if every time a person says 'no' to you, you just give up and go home? That's pretty much what he does and nobody is then prepared to do what he says next time. He is pretty much a doormat. The one I really disliked was his snotty sister Becky who uses him as a part time bouncer. He does what he can to help her with the bar she runs but all he gets back is a wave of snotty disapproval from her, and when he gets injured in a bar fight, she is hardly in a rush to get help. Add in dumb Jimmy who cashes cheques sent to him by an unknown source and wonders why they bounce, and an obnoxious couple who decide to get rich by a stupid scheme to get on the witness protection scheme, and I was glad I didn't live in this town. In fact the best character was the stuffed bear.

This wasn't actually a bad book. There is nothing greatly wrong with the book-the writing is fine and it was more a matter of not being to my personal taste than anything else. If you like these small town mysteries then maybe you'll have a better time with it than I did.  

Read February 2018
2 stars DNF


  1. I guess because I grew up in a small town and hated it, I like reading about small towns with quirky characters - wish we had had more when I was young. Now I live in a bigger town and "quirky" usually involves obnoxious people and druggies. (shaking my head).

    1. Quirky over here also means junkies, thieves and idiots with knives. Oh to have a little country retreat with a fully functional prepper facility! I'll even build a house nearby for you guys for the apocalypse...and maybe get you a boat to come over in...

    2. Sounds awesome! Me, Mr. Barb and the boys would love it!

    3. You would've loved me out in the garden with a baseball bat at midnight yelling at a junkie who kept slurring 'I'm looking fur my wee dug...'