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This beloved, comedy-noir thriller teams up Leo Bloodworth, a hard-drinking, middle-aged Los Angeles PI with hypertension and a low tolerance for precious teenagers, with Serendipity Dahlquist, a bright and strong-willed roller-blading 14-year-old searching for her lost dog. But things quickly escalate, plunging the oddest of odd couples into the dark underworld of sunny Southern California and pitting them against one of the biggest, and most brutal, organized crime families in Mexico.
This book is a New York Times Book of the Year, a Nero Wolfe Award Winner, a</span><span style="background-color: white;">n Edgar Award Finalist, a Shamus Award Finalist and an Anthony Award Finalist. Plus it was n</span><span style="background-color: white;">amed by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century. Whew!
When I started this book I wasn"t sure if it was a satire, or just a mystery full of satorical humor! It is definitely a tale of opposites- a teenage girl and a middle aged detective! How they come together over the fate of a lost dog is a true setting for a tale of bad luck after bad luck, and much like the proverbial Alice, a trip into a weird place of the crime underworld. How the 2 tell the tale in alternating chapters, to give the reader the full view, is part of the fun. Leo's tale is much more graphic (especially when it comes to the dog fighting, so squeamish readers be warned). This book was originally published 20 years ago (and now being re-released in paperback and ebook formats), but the topics involved in it, are still current. In fact, the short series would make a great TV show- as it would intrigue both teens and adults alike!. The series continues in book 2, Laughing Dog. Lochte has also released 2 short stories with the 2 characters: Diamond Dog and Rappin Dog- both of which are only 99 cents for the ebook novella right now on Amazon (the 2 books are under $5 each)! So if you're looking for something different for that new ereader or tablet, pick up this book and series!
About the Author:
Dick Lochte is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels of crime and suspense. His latest noir thriller, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, was named as one of the five best hardcovers of the year by the Private Eye Writers of America. Lochte has written three novels with the Today Show's Al Roker, including the current THE TALK SHOW MURDERS. He also has co-authored four popular crime novels with attorney Christopher Darden and has written screenplays for such actors as Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen and Roger Moore.Check out his website for more info