Nov 20, Maurizio Rogialli rated it it was amazing. Congrats to this author for succeeding in his personal life. The writing is terse, gritty and punchy and more realistic than the average crime novel. A cozy mystery this is not and Bunker, who spent must of his adult life in prison or committing the crimes that put him there knows the streets and the criminals he writes about as well as any other crime author alive or dead.
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It makes a big play of how the world can change beyond belief if you spend say 10 to 20 years behind bars. They sopend a good amount of time driving around California and LA and gasping at how much the place has changed since they were last free to roam among the normal working stiffs. While this book is very violent and dark it is also very funny in places as we see just how inept the always dim Mad Dog can be and while Ed Bunker actually manages to get his caracters to go to see Pulp Fiction at the cinema which of course has a cameo from Ed Bunker in it which was a nice touch.
The books messy Denoument seemed inevitable for much of the story but I would never have guessed how it all comes down or what proves to be the undoing of the three old school pro criminals the book centres around. In the opening scene one of the novels anti-heroes for there are no clear protagonists or antagonists - every character is as flawed as the next and out to get each other Mad Dog main lines a heroic does of cocaine, freaks out, tries to steal his girlfriends credit card, she refuses, he steals her downers, takes them, and proceeds to slaughter both her and her young daughter.
Puts them in the If you like crime fiction dark and realistic then look no further than Dog eat Dog by Edward Bunker.
Puts them in the deep freeze, takes the credit card and hits the road. What happens on the road? Read the book and find out. A cozy mystery this is not and Bunker, who spent must of his adult life in prison or committing the crimes that put him there knows the streets and the criminals he writes about as well as any other crime author alive or dead.
A must read for lovers of dark crime fiction. Bunker was a thief and drug dealer, who spent more than 20 years behind bars before being released for the last time in In this book, Mr. He gets to the meat and potatoes from the get-go No pussyfooting, just the way me likes The main protagonists are: Troy Cameron and his two amigos; Diesel Carson and Gerald Mad Dog McCain, whom A visceral- hard hitting crime fiction novel; from a man who practically grew up in the California penal system Mr.
Their plan is to only hit other criminals such as pimps, and drug dealers, because what are they gonna do? Call the cops? Their first hit goes somewhat smoothly, the second one, however becomes complicated because their assignment is to kidnap a child from a former associate of a powerful Mexican kingpin. Five out of Five Stars for this dark, violent and unsettling novel.
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