W. Bruce Cameron — The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

I love a book that can make me laugh and this is one of them. Ruddy McCann, the repo man, is an ex-jock, grumpy, big-hearted man. Besides spending his nights chasing down automobiles for the banks, he also helps his sister run a bar, which is about to fail.

Ruddy has a strange and vivid dream about being shot and dying followed by a voice in his head that won’t leave, who turns out to be the man who was killed in the dream. Of course, he has to find out who did it and why. But it’s not easy when the murder happened eight years earlier. To complicate things, Ruddy meets his mind-visitor’s daughter and falls for her.

The story is full of imagination, action, and laughter. The characters range from tough yet gentle, guilt-ridden Ruddy, who bounces through life with his dog, not caring about appearances or keeping his home tidy, to Alan Lotimer who literally occupies his mind. Lotimer is almost obsessively neat and not inclined to confrontation, of which Ruddy’s life is full. There are other interesting and quirky characters —Ruddy’s sister, who is trying to keep the bar afloat and make it into a family restaurant, Ruddy’s boss, who thinks Ruddy is suffering from “repo madness,” Kermit, who Ruddy is trying to teach the repo business and who is probably smart but doesn’t have much common sense… and more.

It’s a fun read with a good plot, good characters, lots of laughs, and even a lovable if lazy dog. I will look for more books by this author.