Review: Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law by Hank Edwards

August 13, 2014 Review 0

Review:  Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law by Hank Edwards

Alan Baxter barely scrapes by working as a deejay in suburban Detroit. To make ends meet, he takes a job as an automobile repossession agent, and discovers his very first assignment is a car owned by his drug dealer ex-boyfriend. On top of that, a body is discovered in the trunk…by a cop. Soon Alan’s life is completely upturned as he is pulled into a mystery involving more bodies, a highly lethal new street drug, a mysterious man with a top hat and cane, raging dwarves, a house fire, a cranky police detective, and his even crankier cat!

Title: Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law
Author: Hank Edwards
Published by Wilde City Press
Source: Publisher
Published: July 30, 2014
Genres: Crime Drama
Pages: 261
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: half-flame

This title kind of tickled my fancy and since it appeared to be a first book in a mystery series, I thought why not?  I like mystery stories, especially if I can get them in the beginning when the characters are being fleshed out and defined. Also, this story takes place in and around Detroit, Michigan.  Someplace I am somewhat familiar with so I thought it would aid in putting me into the story.

Did it help?  Not really.  Though some of the towns and streets rang a bell, some of the actual locations and jobs were a bit out of my experience.  I have dated a guy who repossessed cars at one time, but he did it before I knew him.  Add to that, he was this huge, mean looking, biker type dude that was nothing like our hero, Alan Baxter.  Actually, Alan sounds like the least likely guy you would find in the repo business.  “. . . I weigh in at a hundred and sixty pounds. Granted I am only about five foot ten . . .” He is a deejay at a dance club for Pete’s sake and he is going to repossess cars?  Well, I guess everyone has to make a buck where he can and since he seems to have had a bunch of really bad stuff come down in the past few years, he is in need of the extra bucks.

Alan is a “weird” character, even according to several other characters in this story.  I have to agree.  Of course being raised by his unusual, but lovable and single father, Everly Baxter, had to have contributed to that.  Throw in best friend and house mate Sabrina and friend Gus, and well you have a most interesting cast of misfit characters.

Repossessing a car isn’t supposed to be too complicated, or so Gus tells Alan.  But finding bodies in the trunk isn’t usually on the agenda either.  Being caught literally red handed by the police further complicates the job.  Oh and did I mention, the car being repossessed belonged to Alan’s ex, Jason?  Now doesn’t that just scream motive?

All of this does sound like it should have been a totally fascinating read.  But the first part of the book kind of dragged for me.  Probably the character development and back story that was happening.  It was also written in first person present which is not a favorite of mine and there was more telling than showing going on during the development.  Fortunately the plot was good enough to peek my interest so I continued reading.

Oh my goodness.  The outlandish things that happen to poor Alan every time he attempts to repossess a car are not only weird, but funny too.  One begins to wonder if good luck will ever find Alan.  Add the mystery of the dead bodies that continue to mount up, and it was really a good plot.  Once things started to happen, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I think now that I have gotten to know these unique and interesting characters, I would like to visit with them again. I liked them.  They each have their own unique way of looking at the world, but they complement each other well. They love each other, and argue and fight like only best friends can, but will do just about anything for each other.  It is a beautiful dynamic.  I hope the author has the next book for this hapless bunch of misfits on the drawing board.  I think I would like to read more of them.


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