Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron
Ruddy McCann is a repo man in Kalkaska, Michigan. It’s heading into Spring so it’s still freezing and business isn’t so good. But not having cars to repossess is the least of Ruddy’s worries. One day he suddenly starts hearing a voice in his head. Others blame repo madness but Ruddy is beginning to think that the voice in his head isn’t a sign of mental illness; he thinks the voice, which calls itself Alan, is a ghost seeking justice. Can Ruddy help Alan, save his sister’s bar from bankruptcy and get the girl?
Ruddy can hear Alan whenever he speaks but Ruddy has to speak out loud for Alan to hear him which plays to good humor. There are a lot of quirky secondary characters – a scheming couple always wanting to get rich quick; a man with an extensively misused vocabulary; and Jake, Ruddy’s faithful dog to name a few – that really round out the story and bring out the humor. The story of Alan’s death is serious as are some of the circumstances surrounding his murder, but Ruddy’s day to day is extremely entertaining. The storyline to watch for is the repossession of a man named Einstein’s truck. The book starts with Ruddy being tasked with getting the truck away from Einstein and Doris (a cranky goose) and it runs throughout the book. Great ending to that particular thread!
This was an extremely entertaining audiobook. The reader has such distinct voices for Ruddy and Alan that fit the characters perfectly.