That Old Ace in the Hole

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Read 28/07/2017-05/08/2017

Rating: 3 stars

Read for The Reader’s Room Road Trip Challenge

Bob Dollar is the hero of That Old Ace in the Hole, a hero in the mould of Jim Dixon in Lucky Jim. Aged 25, Bob is unsure about what it is he wants to do in life. After graduating from college, and unable to afford to continue his studies at university, he ends up working for Global Pork Rind as a scout for hog farm locations in the Texas-Oklahoma panhandle. From the beginning, the book has an undercurrent of farce.

Bob reads widely, knows the meaning of a lot of words, and was a good student, but he seems to lack practical intelligence.

… he knew nothing of hogs beyond the fact that they were, mysteriously, the source of bacon.

He is tasked with scouting for locations without letting local residents and businesses know that this is what he is doing. What could possibly go wrong? Continue reading