Metzger's Dog

  • by Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Leroy "Chinese" Gordon breaks into a professor's lab at the University of Los Angeles, he's after some pharmaceutical cocaine, worth plenty of money. Instead, he finds the papers the professor has compiled for the CIA, which include a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom, unless of course someone actually uses the plan to throw a large city into chaos - Los Angeles, for instance?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.


What the Critics Say

"Very sharp, very funny...should not be missed." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In a word - wonderful!" (Chicago Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

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Laugh Out Loud Funny!

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!!!
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Messrs. Perry and Kramer should get six stars.

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.
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- Richard Delman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio