Friday, July 02, 2010

Book Review: The Deputy by Victor Gischler

The Deputy The Deputy by Victor Gischler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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. Stumbling across a criminal syndicate that is smuggling illegal aliens across the border and uncovering corruption within the police department sends Toby on the run. Ducking from a gun-toting gang in a hopped up Mustang and crooked cops looking to silence him at any cost, Toby needs to solve the mystery of the smuggling and corruption. Sawyer is an appealing hero because he is an everyman character, just looking to met by, while being pulled into extraordinary and dangerous circumstances. Gischer keeps the narrative moving along quickly and adds elements of dark, dry humor to the benefit of the story. The Deputy -

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