In a blacktop wasteland “Bug” is struggling to pay his bills, take care of his children, and keep his self-owned business thriving. Now that a competitor is taking his mechanic business away from him the struggle intensifies. Should he take on a “job”?
I will tell you upfront that this genre is way outside what I normally read, but this book was a thriller that kept me glued to the pages wondering what on earth Bug would do next. Do yourself a favor- before you finish my review, add this book to your next-read list.
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Beauregard Montage, nicknamed Bug, is a black mechanic in a small town. A new auto-repair shop has been built and this rival company is taking his business. The bills are piling up, his oldest son needs braces, and the nursing home where his mother lives is asking for thousands of dollars for her care.
What can he do? Well, Bug can drive. He can alter car engines to run incredibly fast and he can pull off amazing stunts while driving at excessive speeds. In fact, he once did this as the driver of the getaway cars from jobs he and acquaintances would pull off.
But, now Beauregard is trying to live his life for his family. Bug is the part of him that drives fast cars as an outlaw. And then he has a glimmer of hope from a visitor. An acquaintance from his outlaw days approaches him to be the driver for a job. Bug considers it but asks a lot of questions. He needs to know every detail so he can plan for the get-away. The amount of money that he might earn for the job is definitely enticing.
He plans fastidiously for the job to target the safe of a jewelry store. His partners are Ronnie, Reggie, and Quan. Will the plan work?
I am going to leave you hanging right there. I hate to spoil the robbery and get-away and all the ensuing chapters that follow. This crime drama will hook you right from the first chapter. You will find yourself secretly cheering for someone that is planning to rob a store because Bug is that kind of person. He has a troubled past, a father that he loved that disappeared when he was young, he has served time in juvenile detention, and has reached a point in his life where he just wants to raise his children and spend time with his wife.
The book is also about poverty. It’s about choosing which bill to pay and what you do without when there is no money left. It’s about a desperate father just trying to do what is right even if that decision is about committing a crime.
The book is filled with scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat. There are also violent acts and gritty real events that are written in a style you will get used to quickly. The author uses similes that I found annoying at first but quickly came to understand as being necessary for the story.
Five stars for this one! It’s a must-read! (PS- It would make a fabulous movie!)
My rating system: 5 stars means perfection- the book was written well, held my attention, and I did not want it to end. 4 stars- the book was really good, but I had questions or concerns about parts of it. This might include the way it ended. 3 stars- the book was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. 2 stars- I skimmed most of it. 1 star- I could not finish it.