In this literary noir thriller, former government agent Robert Bohnert has left the life behind; but it won't leave him. Broken by the destruction of his family, he agrees to one last job; this time for the other side. When a "straightforward" diamond smuggling operation goes south, literally, Bohnert finds himself trekking through Mexico, pursued by killers, including a cross-dressing hit man, a psycho meth addict, and a fellow operative who was once a close friend. An unlikely love story complicates his flight when the woman who defects from his pursuers becomes the one person who might offer him salvation. The question becomes, ultimately, will they make it out of Mexico alive, and does the canister really contain diamonds, or is Robert being used to import an unimaginable horror into the US?
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I enjoyed John J. Asher’s The Dogs of Mexico as read by long-time film character actor Tommy G. Kendrick. The story is a somewhat familiar neo-noir tale of an ex-government guy who is being double-crossed at every turn. Asher throws in a reluctant female who may or may not be on the side of the bad guys. In tried and true noir fashion, she definitely complicates things for the hero and gets him into more trouble than he can easily handle. Kendrick is making his first foray into audiobook narration and handles the new medium with the skill of a veteran actor. He manages the multiple voices and dialects effectively, and it is in the dialogue sections that he excels, as would be expected from someone used to film and television. I’m looking forward to future pairing of this author and narrator. They make a good team with an action-packed novel that is great for those long, hot summer days.
The book has a great array of fantastic characters, and hits the noir mood perfectly. Unfortunately, very little in the plot came out as surprising, and there were a number of illogical actions taken by the protagonists simply to get the plot going the way the author wanted. That took me out of the story.
Narrator Tommy G Kendrick does a very good job with the characters and the dialogue. And he has a great voice for the genre. But the narrative passages get choppy, and as a result sometimes hard to follow.
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