Rick Gavin's southern road-story debut, RANCHERO, is a hit and earning more stars than, well, the Texas state flag, for starters.
Down in the Mississippi Delta, Nick Reid has a simple job to do: repossess a flat screen TV from Percy Dwayne Dubois. But Percy Dwayne sees fit to go, the way his sort will, all white-trash philosophical and decides the world is stacked against him anyway. He hits Nick over the head with a fireplace shovel, ties him up, and makes off with the mint-condition calypso coral-colored 1969 Ranchero that Nick borrowed from his landlady. And he takes the TV with him.
Nick will do anything to get the Ranchero back. And it turns out he might have to.
"This first novel from Gavin is a little miracle. The dialogue is pitchperfect, Desmond and Nick are likable, tough-but-not-psychotic protagonists and the bad guys are an unsettling mix of stupid and deadly. [...] One of the most enjoyable crime debuts in a very long time." -Booklist (starred review)
"Gavin’s first novel is a sure winner. Reminiscent of Tim Dorsey’s 'Serge Storms' series but with a more likable protagonist, it will appeal to down-home good old boys and their armchair counterparts. Recommended." -Library Journal (starred review)
UPDATE: RANCHERO earned a third(!) starred review, this time from Publishers Weekly.