“Repossession is 9/10 of the Law” by Hank Edwards— Meet Alan Baxter


Edwards, Hank. “Repossession is 9/10 of the Law”, Wilde City Press, 2014.

Meet Alan Baxter

Amos Lassen

As a deejay in a gay club in Detroit, 37 seven-year-old Alan Baxter barely makes it through the month so he takes a part-time job repossessing automobiles. On his very first day out he has to repossess a car owned by Jason, his ex-boyfriend and drug dealer and if that is not enough, a cop finds a body in the truck. It seems to me that these are signs that it was not going to be such a good day. Before he even could realize, Alan is involved into a mystery with more bodies, a new dangerous street drug. Then we can add to that “a mysterious man with a top hat and cane, raging dwarves, a house fire, a cranky police detective, and his even crankier cat!”

Let me just say that I have been reviewing Hank Edwards since I started formally reviewing about 7 years ago and I have met the guy and talked with him but I never ever suspected that he would have such a sense of humor. It just goes to show that he has tricks up his sleeve and we are very lucky that he shares this one with us.

Alan has just had an easy time of it. AIDS took his boyfriend from him and the money that he inherited was lost for him by a money manager whose honesty is indeed questionable. There was not really that much anyway because Alan and his partner used a lot on drugs and rehab. Now that Alan is trying to stay clean, he is just not having a good time of it.

The owner of the club where he works doesn’t pay attention to the drug action in his bar—he really only cares about profits. Alan also has an elderly father who is 72 and still spry yet Alan takes care of him to a degree and his friends, Gus, a drag queen, and Sabrina, a female (who rents half of Alan’s house) do not do much to help him stay straight. As bad as things get for Alan, the more we, the readers, have to laugh about.

On that first repo job, Alan realizes that he still feels something for his ex who owned the car that he was sent to pick up. Then will dealing with a flat tire, a cop comes along and finds the body in the trunk (I know I have already said this but I am having so much fun writing this review, that I decided to say it again). Now the story begins to spiral into craziness and I do not remember having had so much fun with a read. It is not enough that the characters are somewhat off but the plot is silly—I would not say ridiculous because too often that is taken the wrong way. Something that is ridiculous can be very funny and here that is the case.

It did not take long for Alan to have a gun at the end of his nose and being told to “spread ‘em”. Alan got the job as a repo agent because his friend Gus’s cousin owns the company. Alan certainly did not expect to find Jason when he took this job—he had kicked him to the curb some two years ago and it was Jason who was responsible for getting Alan into cocaine. Never thinking he would see Jason again, he certainly never expected to be hunted down by the man who once had his heart. But there is even more.

Alan’s house is set on fire while he is at home and then Jason is found dead in his garage. Alan has to move in with his father and share a room with Sabrina and then two more of his repo jobs were rough. So much is going on that I could not possibly relate it all here. This is just so unlike anything by Hank Edwards that I have ever read and yet I enjoyed it in all of its lunacy. I believe you will too.

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