Book Review: 'The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man'
W. Bruce Cameron. Forge, 336 pp. $24.99
Until now, the only references to W. Bruce Cameron I had heard were in relation to dogs, between his novels "A Dog's Purpose," "A Dog's Journey" and "The Dogs of Christmas." Others may remember his self-improvement books "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" or "8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter." None of these books, however, make me think of lighthearted thrillers set in northern Michigan.
"The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man" sounds a lot more ominous than it is. Ruddy (short for Ruddick, his mother's maiden name) McCann was a hot-shot football player in college and is now a repo man trying to make ends meet with his sister's bar, the Black Bear. From seemingly out of the blue, however, he begins to hear a voice in his head that does not belong to him. The voice calls himself Alan Lottner, and swears he is real and not a figment of Ruddy's imagination.
According to Alan, he was killed some time ago by two men with a shovel. He enlists Ruddy's help, however begrudgingly, to help him find who killed him and solve the mystery once and for all. Things get a little complicated, however, when Ruddy realizes that the girl he thinks he's falling for could be Alan's daughter. This, of course, only adds to the already confusing situation Ruddy has in communicating with a man who shares his body.
While it was a little different at first -- especially since I was not expecting this novel from this author -- "The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man" is endearing. Ruddy is an Average Joe kind of guy, and it's hard not to root for him the way you would root for an underdog. Cameron takes what could have easily been a dark thriller (with the body-inhabiting and mysterious murder) and spins it into something much more lighthearted.