I got the chance to read an early copy of W. Bruce Cameron's The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man through First Reads. And I was glad I did. It's a very likable story with a flawed hero, a repo man with a heart of gold (except where it comes to those behind on their car payments). Ruddy McCann, former football player, has come home to Kalkaska, Michigan to help his sister with the family bar, to hang out with his dog Jake, and to make peace with his mistakes. One day, inexplicably, he starts hearing a voice in his head, a voice that turns out to belong to Alan Lottner, a real estate agent who had gone missing eight years ago. In between repo jobs, Ruddy solves a mystery for a friend, walks his dog, meets a girl, works as a bouncer at the bar, and works with Alan to figure out why he went missing and what happened after. And he does all this with intelligence, humor, and character.
Although the book seemed slow at times and the story logic a little disjointed, I enjoyed this book. It's a fun read with interesting characters, and I was glad to see that there would be a sequel. If you're into quirky mysteries, take a look at this one. It's got some small-town charm.