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Beluga

Beluga

Nick Reid Novels (Volume 2)

Rick Gavin

Minotaur Books

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A few months ago in Ranchero, Rick Gavin's much-acclaimed Delta noir novel, Nick Reid and his compadre Desmond liberated some money from a nasty meth dealer, and now they need to launder it. After lending out a couple thousand dollars here and there, with hopes of getting a small return, all kinds of "investment opportunities" are coming out of the woodwork, and one of them has trouble written all over it.

The brother of Desmond's ex-wife wants a small sum to set up a scheme involving a trailer full of stolen tires. Which sets off all kinds of alarm bells for Nick, but Shawnica insists that Nick and Desmond help her brother out. In the next few days, they're set upon by a ninja schoolgirl assassin and a couple of Delta gangsters, and soon all thoughts of recouping their investment go out the window. They'll settle for just staying alive.

The twists and turns and the dry wit that made Ranchero a delight are all on full display once again in Beluga, Rick Gavin's latest.

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It seemed like a good idea even if it came from Shawnica's brother, who was a lowlife and a chiseler but could be inspired sometimes. Me and Desmond had been casting around for investment opportunities, and Shawnica knew we...

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Praise for Beluga

“Stellar. . .a captivating and frequently hilarious series.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Gavin updates the good-old-boy charm of the Smokey and the Bandit movie series but adds some sharp narration by a hero who's still plenty dumb enough to get into some seriously funny trouble.” —Kirkus

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Rick Gavin

When he's not writing, RICK GAVIN frames houses and hangs sheetrock in Ruston, Louisiana. Beluga is his second novel.

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