Assigned to cope with the crisis and restore the peace, veteran agent Ben Porterfield steps onto the scene to remind us that the CIA's middle name is, after all, Intelligence. Enlivening the mix are Gordon's beautiful girlfriend, Margaret, his temperamental cat, Dr. Henry Metzger, and Metzger's friend, an enormous half-wild dog with huge teeth.
©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor
"Very sharp, very funny...should not be missed." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In a word - wonderful!" (Chicago Tribune)
Metzger's Dog is yet another triumph for Mr. Perry. I only know two authors who can effectively weave suspense and humor together: Mr. Perry and Tim Hallinan. Both have carved out unique niches for themselves. In this book Mr. Perry creates a whole raft of interesting new characters, he keeps us guessing and delighted throughout the book, and his humor is just sometimes LOL funny. At other times his humor can be rueful, sarcastic, warm, affectionate and anything else you can think of. All the guys like Nelson Demille, Tom Clancy and their peers approach the CIA in deadly earnest. I now would have a hard time going back to any of them. Mr. Perry creates a Keystone Kops aura around the CIA and makes vicious fun of the bureaucracy and the politics within. On the other side is a small group headed by Chinese Gordon and his soon-to-be-wife Margaret. Dr. Henry Metzger is Gordon's cat, and they adopt a gigantic and ludicrously ferocious dog during the caper. Mr. Perry could write a whole new series around these characters. His ingenuity and creativity are on show here, and one can only marvel at how far he pushes the envelope of this genre. The tricks they pull involving the crippling of Los Angeles and how they outwit the CIA over and over are such fun that I will listen to the book again in a year or so, just for the laughs. Mr. Kramer is perfect. He narrates with consistent skill and he deals with the humor with nuance. He is equally good at suspense and all forms of humor. Keep on truckin', gentlemen. We are listening.
No matter where you go, there you are.
I like the way Perry writes. I am not so in tune with his feminine side (Jane Whatshername), but the Butcher's Boy books we among the best I've found in the genre. Metzger's Dog petered out just a tad near the end, but until then I was bathed in some of the funniest ironic humor (just shy of sarcasm) in memory. The black, fearsome pall of the dog-beast is priceless! More, Mr. Perry, More!!!
I loved this book. Laugh out loud characters, plot, and great, funny lines. This is one to listen to again in a year or so, I'm sure it will make me laugh each time.
The very funny author Carl Hiassen wrote the introduction to this book, which is appropriate. Except that Carl Hiassen is predictable -- his villains are always polluters or property developers -- and Thomas Perry never is.
I've read enough of his novels to know that he never repeats himself. (At least the ones that don't feature Jane Whitefield; I haven't read those.) Perry's plots are always unique and ingenious. Audible now has many more of his books, and I look forward to every one.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This is different. And isn't that what mystery zealots want? This is a laugh out loud caper thing full up with bad people who you can't help loving. Yep, everyone's so flawed that you're left free to decide who you want to root for, hell, I think I finally rooted for almost everyone.
Did I say "laugh out loud" … Uh-huh, Perry has the power to cloud your mind with giggles. And yet he manages it with throw-away lines while still cranking out a plot with twists that leave a veteran mystery reader satisfied. And we're a hard-to-satisfy bunch, right?
Michael Kramer has the genius ability to become invisible as a reader-actor creating vivid characters that are about the plot, not him.
This book must he a classic. If it isn't, I'm declaring it to be. Yep.. this is a classic caper that you'll smile all the way through.
Oh, one tiny gripe, the very… very.. end was oddly dumb. I wonder why Perry appended those few paragraphs. Oh well, no matter… It's just a fine piece of writing overall.
Perry's use of humor and vivid imagery made this book a joy.
My favorite scene was when Dr. Henry Metzger (the cat) showed that he was the "alpha cat" and tamed the 200 pound dog.
Michael Kramer brings the story to life, giving each character and voice a unique flavor.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It was okay. I wouldn't spend the time to read it again though. And I wouldn't pick up any more books by this author on the basis of this one. But I wouldn't turn away from another book from Perry just because of this either. The narration was okay as well.
The plot seemed rather complicated/convoluted... and is told from a chopped up perspective - sometimes it wasn't really clear that it was a different "event" going on until a few lines into the section. The story was also sorta political in nature... but not with any politics that I cared about (international espionage type stuff). I actually checked the publication date because it felt like a story written in the early '80s and/or as if it was abridged.
Oh well... it was a change of pace...
Very clever, witty and challenging plot. Perry has never received his due. Thank you Mr. Perry
This experience leads me to avoid this author in the future. Narrator was ok; it was the story that I didn't get.
Nothing in particular.
I have skipped very few books among hundreds from Audible. This was one of them. If the book doesn't grab me in the first hour, I lose interest.
Never read the book, but Listen to the book frequently
Chinese Gorden, twisted genius
Porterfield The only sane person left in company
Closing down LA.
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