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  1. The Repo (The Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels Book 1)
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  2. The Repo (The Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels Book 1)

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Ex-DEA Agent Jack Merchant is living out his precarious retirement on the docks of Charlestown, Mass., surrounded by the revenge-minded dealers and punks he used to put away. All he's got is his sloop, LILA, but soon enough he gets a visit from the repo man. Except the repo man's a woman, Sarah Ballard. Her proposition: they've got a week to track down a rich couple who've disappeared with their yacht. Find it, and Merchant can keep his boat. The trouble is, they're not the only ones looking... A dark tale with enough kinks and twists to keep you guessing to the last page, THE REPO is the first book in a series featuring Jack Merchant and Sarah Ballard.

"With THE REPO, the debut of his Jack Merchant-Sarah Ballard series, [Eidson] proves high praise is warranted. He writes with appealing aplomb. His dialogue has the ring of overheard conversation, and we feel the breeze and smell the sea air as his characters pursue their prey. And he manages well the stories-within-the-story, as he introduces us, in compelling detail, to Merchant and Ballard, who may need each other more than they know."
—The Boston Globe

“The partnership and eventual passion between Jack and Sarah, and the boat's disappearance and the demons from the past that possess both detectives merge beautifully, creating a convincing landscape of deception and self-doubt...there is promise here of a fine series to come.
—The Washington Post

"Eidson quickly puts his own original brand on what looks like the start of a promising series...much of the book's strength comes from the way Eidson makes [Sarah Ballard's] toughness and coldness inevitable and convincing. There are also some unusually interesting minor players and assorted villains, as well as several original and violent moments of action, many at sea."
—The Chicago Tribune 

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Bill Eidson
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9781497605206
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Manufacturer
Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
NumberOfPages
272
PublicationDate
2014-04-01
Publisher
Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
ReleaseDate
2014-04-01
Studio
Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

An ex-DEA agent teams up with a repo-woman to retrieve a luxury boat, and finds himself in the middle of a complex web of murder, embezzlement, and corporate greed. Why does the corporation who hires them want to be present personally when the couple who took off with the boat? Why does the couple set up a conflicting trail to avoid detection? Why do bodies keep turning up? This was a very good crime thriller, and apparently one in a series following these two repo agents. Will definitely read another of these books.
Enjoyed this first novel by Bill Eidson. Jack Merchant is an ex-DEA agent with a checkered past who teams up with Sarah Ballard who is the proprietor of a marine repo business. There's plenty of action and intrigue and the dialog rings true. I've ordered the second book in the series but I'm disappointed there don't appear to be any more. The second book is only available in hardcover and is several years old from publication which doesn't bode well for the series.
Jack Merchant is a great character, good for many more books, I'm sure. And, it looks like Sarah Ballard will be working with him in each book. I enjoyed the whole book, always having a hard time putting it down. The "whodunnit" aspect is secondary to following the "detective" work, and both are probably eclipsed by the personal stories of the main characters. All in all a very good book at a very good price.
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