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Dogs Chase Cars by [Porter, Mark]

Dogs Chase Cars Kindle Edition

3.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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5 Star Kindle Reader Review; Horatio "Harry" has a problem - a few problems, really. His marriage might be in jeopardy. His best friend crashed at his pad for two weeks and stayed for two years. Counseling is fruitless, his therapist more unhinged than he is. He can't move forward with anything in his life because in every scenario, all he sees is absurdity. Everything lacks meaning for him. Prostitutes offering services makes it all sound "like work." And Harry doesn't want to work. Trying his hand as a private investigator, specializing in cases of adultery, he can barely get himself to bother charging his clients - hoping instead to find that their spouses aren't even cheating. His investigative talents, and better judgment, are put to the test, though, after an attempted murder on one of his friends launches Harry on an adventure that forces him to solve more than just a crime. Dressed up in bawdy, even scatological, gross-out, humor, Dogs Chase Cars has wit - real wit - to spare. Almost every paragraph builds up to its own punch line, and delivers a blow every time, even a few knock-outs. Porter rarely misses a jab, handing out wry observations like they were kittens, cleverly setting the stage for Harry's emotional transformation to re-engaging with his life, friends and family. Mystery, humor, sex - it's all there, but what elevates Dogs Chase Cars in the end is heart. Porter's characters walk, talk and act like real people - he nails the dialogue, the interaction, the attractions, the challenges and the conflicts with subtlety and nuance, and has us laughing and rooting for Harry and his misfit circle of friends as they track down a would-be killer, and learn to take care of each other along the way. With strains reminiscent of John Barth's The End of the Road, or Jason Schwartzman's character in HBO's Bored to Death, Porter's debut novel is a fun read - a humorous and compelling mystery with a heartfelt ending that draws a path from finding absurdity to finding meaning in our lives through the people we know and care about. --www.amazon.co.uk

"Dogs Chase Cars made me laugh out loud. Many times. It is reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen's books - an excellent crime drama coupled with hilarious dialogue and situations. I totally loved it. - Mike Boon, writer/comedian --www.amazon.co.uk

About the Author

Mark Porter is an ex-stand-up comedian and Probation Officer. He has written for boxing websites and handled hecklers, hacks and life sentence prisoners in anger management. In other words, his natural place in fiction is crime comedy. He specialises in chaotic crime mysteries and whodunnits. However, he is equally at home in a variety of styles and settings. Steampunk novella 'Three Moons Blind,' due early 2012 promises to become a cult classic in its own right. Whatever the genre, Mark is accomplished in creating characters that will remain with you once you have finished reading. Mark Porter has been compared to Carl Hiaasen and John Barth. He cites his influences as running the gauntlet from Joe R.Lansdale through Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler and back again via Sam Lipsyte. His ear for dialogue and his understanding of motivation, character flaws and the inner workings of the under dog allow him to produce hilarious comedy that pulls you into the heart of the conflict. The Drugstore Books backed 'Dogs Chase Cars' is his first novel. Spin-off characters Greene & Jarvis (D.C. homicide detectives) will also be appearing in short story form in a variety of crime publications and online over the course of the year. His 'stand-alone' short story 'Stark' appeared in Pulp Metal magazine as 'Dogs Chase Cars' was published. Look out for the first Rifkin & Whelan Mersey Mojo novel, 'Moscow Drive' in late 2011. If you are tired of comedy that fails to make you laugh, give Mark Porter a shot. A genuinely fresh voice. www.markporter.weebly.com www.drugstorebooks.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Drugstore Books (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S53A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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