The Deputy

The Deputy

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by Victor Gischler
     
 

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Coyote Crossing is a dusty little town in western Oklahoma, a sleepy little pit stop for truckers, not a lot going on. So a dead body in the middle of the street at midnight is quite an event. The chief of police wants all hands on deck, so he calls Toby Sawyer to come baby-sit the body.

Overview

Coyote Crossing is a dusty little town in western Oklahoma, a sleepy little pit stop for truckers, not a lot going on. So a dead body in the middle of the street at midnight is quite an event. The chief of police wants all hands on deck, so he calls Toby Sawyer to come baby-sit the body.

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of this solid noir from Gischler (Suicide Squeeze), the police chief of Coyote Crossing, Okla., asks Toby Sawyer, a part-time deputy, to keep an eye on the bullet-ridden body of redneck Luke Jordan, found late one night lying half-in and half-out of an old pickup truck. Since a 17-year-old girl Toby's fond of lives nearby, he can't resist the temptation to take a break from his vigil. On returning to the truck and discovering the corpse gone, Toby fears his dereliction of duty will end his job with the sheriff's office. In the course of his desperate search for the cadaver, Toby encounters a truckload of illegal Mexican aliens as well as corrupt colleagues. Meanwhile, as the body count rises, Toby's wife, with whom he has a loveless marriage, leaves town. The ending may be a bit upbeat for true noir devotees, but it leaves the door open for a sequel, which would be a welcome prospect, given Toby's appeal as a protagonist. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440530784
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
675,883
File size:
619 KB

Meet the Author

Victor Gischler is the author of 5 novels. His debut novel Gun Monkeys was nominated for the Edgar Award, and his novel Shotgun Opera was an Anthony Award finalist.

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The Deputy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
grumpygeek More than 1 year ago
Because I started reading this book last night and (sorry for the cliche) could not put it down. Plenty of action but, for me, the most entertaining part is how believable the main character is even while his world gets seriously weird and dangerous. If you've ever spent any time in the OK or TX panhandles you'll totally get the characters and find the plot believable (ish) . Don't get me wrong this is not a Cormac McCarthy ripoff, there is a lot more humor and lot less navel gazing than in No Country for Old Men. And so to bed...
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
Toby Sawyer is a deputy in small town Oklahoma. Someone was shot tonight, Toby was supposed to keep an eye on the body, he didn't and the body disappears. Turns out this night is the night Toby finds out everything that he thought "was", "isn't"! This was my first Gischler novel, I've been wanting to read "Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse" for quite awhile now, but just never got around to it. After "The Deputy" I'll definitely be going back to read more Gischler. Toby is one hell of a character, interesting personal life, with just enough drama and just he cares just enough to do the right thing throughout the book, you have no choice but to cheer him on. The book is a quick read, some sex, alot of violence and the story to back it all up! Enjoy~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful
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YEAH YAY YES!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridiculous. And besides the plot, the editing was horrible. I don't know how this ever got published. Glad it was free.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweetstar, really you should pick your deputy. Not test them. When you die or retire, sweetstar, your deputy will be leader. So think before you pick. But pick someone who is loyal, strong and smart. Because who ever you pick, is who will be leader one day. Sweetstar, may you teach the clan what echostar tought then. Loyalty. And dont act of a fool. But be humble and give servis to all clans. And if you need help, or dont know what to do. Ask echostar, she will help you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
" I have come to run for deputy" skyheart meowed" I have trained countless apprentices and have much experiance. I have experiance in being a deputy becuase of, well, thats a really depressing story so i wont say it. I think i would be a good canadite." She shuffled her paws nervously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why I so throughly enjoyed this book - but I did. The unlikely events that pile one on top of the other keep this story moving along and it drug me, shaking my head and rolling my eyes, right along behind it.
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mellis More than 1 year ago
It was a quirky mystery adventure with an inept deputy. I enjoyed this quick read. Hope there is a sequel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and found it a quick read.
JRMcLemore More than 1 year ago
Gischler does a great job developing his characters as the story begins. He sets up the scenario and takes you around the town. Then, the crap really hits the fan and its a raucous ride during one action-packed night with The Deputy. Don't miss out on reading this and other Gischler novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery-thriller is plain brilliant. It is very well written and crafted around a plot that I find compelling. The setting and premise is unique and the characters are well drawn. It takes me back to Triple Agent Double Cross, which is also another story with a peculiar setting. Another attractive and fascinating thing about The Deputy is that its unfolding plot appears to hold something new and even more gripping with every new chapter. a well deserved read.
MrsMalvern14 More than 1 year ago
I loved the crazy, nonstop action. The author really knows his small-town characters.
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A little unbelievable but good fiction.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Deputy gets three stars not four because its deeply flawed protagonist makes too many careless, even dumb mistakes. The author keeps the reader's attention in order to find out what is going to happen next but there is no character in it to care a thrip about except the baby son of the protagonist, the only person he cares about as well and only a peripheral participant in the plot. It may be just a matter of opinion, but true noir this is not. This all sounds so negative, and yet it was a reasonably entertaining way to kill an afternoon. Kind of like potato chips, okay for a snack but there is no meal here.