Sunday, June 28, 2015
Red's White F-150 Blues, by Scott Montgomery
The editors sent me a free copy of this book.
Red Clark spends a lot of time taking care of his baby son, because the factory put him on half time and Britney has had to take on more nursing shifts at the hospital. One day his old friend Billy Ray - part-time drug dealer and non-stop trouble -- shows up to ask a favor. The bank wants to repossess his truck. Can he hide it in Red's garage for a while?
Of course, Red says yes. Of course, Britney gets mad. While they're arguing about it - and about meatloaf and other affairs of state -- the TV announces that a guard was killed in a bank robbery. Police are looking for a certain truck.
What follows are a lot of bad decisions, some startling secrets and - oh yes - a beheading. This is pretty much what Texas noir means to me.