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Charlie Stanlon is a serial killer. A ghastly, vicious sociopath who chains women to a table in his basement and tortures them to death. He has no friends. He has no family. He despises his co-workers. His only pleasure in life is to cause pain and terror...

...until the day he finds an adorable Boston terrier and takes it home.

A 30,000-word novella from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Pressure, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt.

©2010 Jeff Strand (P)2016 Jeff Strand

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  • Cathie
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 04-04-17

Very Dark Humor

If you are a fan of dark humor, Jeff Strand is your author. The main character is a very disturbed serial killer whose life is transformed by a cute little dog. Surprisingly, I ended up feeling sorry for him. The narrator was perfect. Give it a listen!

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Great amusing book!

I exoected more of a thriller but turned out to be a great book a man who has never known love and his dog. Albeit that man was a serial killer. I recommend this book. The narration made this book even better and made the characters come to life.

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It's about the dog, not the serial killer

JUST BECAUSE YOUR PARANOID DOES NOT MEAN THEY AIN'T OUT TO GET YOU

This is another heart warming story by Strand, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Do not be fooled by the first half hour and all the serial killer stuff. People who don't own dogs or love dogs will not get this, but those of us who love dogs, will see ourselves in the way this serial killer deals with his new found best friend. Strand pulled my heart strings in this story, as he did in BLISTER, the story about a woman with a scared face. He had me rolling on the floor with his book WOLF HUNT. I did not like DRACULAS, but I will blame that on the influence of Konrath and Crouch.

I would say, if you don't like dogs, you should get anything else Strand has written, but if you don't like dogs, you and I probably don't agree on much.

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In Dog We Trust

Unbelievable! Jeff Strand is truly a weird and talented writer. I cannot believe he made me actually sympathize with a sadistic serial killer. At the beginning of this book, Charlie is the most repulsive of human beings - a man who finds pleasure in causing pain to others and places no value on any life but his own. And, then came Kutter. I'm not sure someone as psychotic as Charlie could really let in the love of a dog, but I'm completely positive that there are plenty of dogs out there that could love Charlie even if most people couldn't. I also know for certain that if you let a dog love you, you can't help to be a better person. Charlie definitely becomes the guy who is trying "to be the person his dog thinks he is". Great story with great narration by Jack Clancy.

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 11-20-17

A Serial Killer and a Sweet Little Dog

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book, but it was fantastic. It pulled me in during the first minute and I didn't want to stop listening. At one point it almost brought me to tears . . . I'm a pushover for animals. It wasn't scary in the slightest except for a bit toward the end, but it was the suspenseful sort of scary rather than the horrifying kind. The summary mentions it being 'bloody,' but I didn't notice that. Maybe if you usually read romance novels.

The story is about (no spoilers) what happens to this presumed psychopath once the little dog Kutter comes into his life. Anyone with any interest in dogs or serial killers should love it. I like reading about both, and I thought for the most part this was very authentic. I only wish it had been longer!

The narration was perfect. This one gets a rare five stars across the board from me.

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Great book with interesting premise

going into it I was like serial killer and dog stories don't mix. I was wrong. excellent story and loved the narration.