Ranchero by Rick Gavin

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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 might as well fight it. He hit Nick over the head with a fireplace shovel, tied him up with a length of lamp cord, and stole the mint-condition calypso coral-colored 1969 Ranchero that Nick had borrowed from his landlady. And he took the TV with him on a rowdy ride across the Mississippi Delta.

Nick and his best friend Desmond, fellow repo man in Indianola, Mississippi, have no choice but to go after him. The fact that the trail eventually leads to Guy, a meth cooker recently set up in the Delta after the Feds ran him out of New Orleans, is of no consequence—Nick will do anything to get the Ranchero back. And it turns out he might have to.

An original and ballsy road-trip of a crime novel—most of it in Desmond's ex-wife's Geo—Ranchero is an unforgettable read and a fantastic series debut.


About Rick Gavin

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When he's not writing, RICK GAVIN frames houses and hangs sheetrock in Ruston, Louisiana. This is his second novel.
Published October 25, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 269 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Nick Reid is just minding his own business, putting the bite on Percy Dwayne Dubois for the 42-inch flat-screen TV he’d missed three payments on, when Percy Dwayne lays him out with a fireplace shovel and helps himself to Nick’s wallet and cell phone and the 1969 calypso coral Ford Ranchero he’s ...

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Which is how he meets Percy Dwayne Dubois, gets hit on the head, and loses the 1969 Ranchero his landlady loaned him, “essentially a glorified Fairlane, which never rated glorification.” Determined to retrieve the stolen car, Reid calls on Desmond, a huge black colleague, to help him, and the...

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Nick Reid, the droll narrator of Rick Gavin's gritty, earthy and often hilarious debut crime novel, was not always as the reader meets him: a bring-it-back-intact repo-man in Indianola, Miss.

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Nights and Weekends

Nick and Desmond are the kind of characters that readers will happily follow on one adventure after another—so it’s a good thing that this is just the first installment in a new crime series.

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Sun Sentinel

Gavin also disputes clichés about the Mississippi Delta, where large segments of immigrants have called home for more than a century with "falafel in Clarksdale, congee in Greenville, tamales all over the place.

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