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Night Dogs by [Anderson, Kent]
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"Every June 15th out at North Precinct, 'A' relief and graveyard shift started killing dogs. The police brass and local politicians only smiled if they were asked about it, shook their heads, and said it was just another one of those old myths about the precinct. The cops at North Precinct called them 'Night Dogs', feral dogs, wild and half-wild, who roamed the districts after dark. Their ancestors had been pets, beaten and abandoned by their owners to breed and give birth on the streets." That's the stately, carefully weighted language and metaphor that begins what James Crumley (The Last Good Kiss) calls "the best cop novel I have ever read." Of course, the "night dogs" are not only the roaming canines but also the people from the rougher neighbourhoods of Portland, Oregon--most particularly the police who work out of North Precinct. Seen through the eyes of a patrolman named Hanson, a Vietnam vet who thought he had seen the worst the world had to offer over there but is proved wrong every day, the story at first seems episodic, unconnected. But gradually all the threads of anger and pain come together to create an unforgettable picture of urban angst. Author Kent Anderson, who was a Vietnam vet and a Portland policeman in the 1970s, says that some readers might find his book disturbing or offensive: "The truth sometimes affects people that way." Then he adds a chilling footnote: "Things are much worse now than they were in 1975."

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Praise for Kent Anderson's Night Dogs:
"The best cop novel I have ever read. There's never been anything like it."
--James Crumley
"Fiercely authentic and deeply disturbing...Extraordinary."
--Los Angeles Times
"Anderson makes his mark in Wambaugh country with his eloquent, literary voice and an anguished, haunting sensibility. Many novels have been written about the lives of cops and soldiers, but few have probed the American propensity for violence as well as this one."
--Publishers Weekly
"Night Dogs reads like Long Range Reconnaissance. If you come back alive, you'll be different. That's mastery."
--Carsten Stroud
"Night Dogs is not just a fine book, it is an important book."
--James Crumley
"Be warned--start Night Dogs before dinner, forget dinner, next comes glaring morning sunlight and muscle cramps. This is very good writing!"
--Janwillem Van de Wetering
"Kent Anderson knows that wisdom is mourning."
--A. A. Attanasio
"Every so often, you come across a crime novel that flat-out blows you away and restores your faith in the entire genre. Night Dogs... is one of those books. I think it's the best novel I've read, period, in the last couple of years."
--George P. Pelecanos

Praise for Kent Anderson's Night Dogs

"The best cop novel I have ever read. There's never been anything like it."
--James Crumley

"Fiercely authentic and deeply disturbing...Extraordinary."
--Los Angeles Times

"Anderson makes his mark in Wambaugh country with his eloquent, literary voice and an anguished, haunting sensibility. Many novels have been written about the lives of cops and soldiers, but few have probed the American propensity for violence as well as this one."
--Publishers Weekly

"Night Dogs reads like Long Range Reconnaissance. If you come back alive, you'll be different. That's mastery."
--Carsten Stroud

"Night Dogs is not just a fine book, it is an important book."
--James Crumley

"Be warned--start Night Dogs before dinner, forget dinner, next comes glaring morning sunlight and muscle cramps. This is very good writing!"
--Janwillem Van de Wetering

"Kent Anderson knows that wisdom is mourning."
--A. A. Attanasio

"Every so often, you come across a crime novel that flat-out blows you away and restores your faith in the entire genre. Night Dogs... is one of those books. I think it's the best novel I've read, period, in the last couple of years."
--George P. Pelecanos

Praise for Kent Anderson's Night Dogs
"The best cop novel I have ever read. There's never been anything like it."
--James Crumley
"Fiercely authentic and deeply disturbing...Extraordinary."
--Los Angeles Times
"Anderson makes his mark in Wambaugh country with his eloquent, literary voice and an anguished, haunting sensibility. Many novels have been written about the lives of cops and soldiers, but few have probed the American propensity for violence as well as this one."
--Publishers Weekly
"Night Dogs reads like Long Range Reconnaissance. If you come back alive, you'll be different. That's mastery."
--Carsten Stroud
"Night Dogs is not just a fine book, it is an important book."
--James Crumley
"Be warned--start Night Dogs before dinner, forget dinner, next comes glaring morning sunlight and muscle cramps. This is very good writing!"
--Janwillem Van de Wetering
"Kent Anderson knows that wisdom is mourning."
--A. A. Attanasio
"Every so often, you come across a crime novel that flat-out blows you away and restores your faith in the entire genre. Night Dogs... is one of those books. I think it's the best novel I've read, period, in the last couple of years."
--George P. Pelecanos

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00755HTL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent!The best police procedual novel I've read in the last twenty years.Hanson,Viet-vet and now police patrolman,is,as you can imagine,cynical and careworn,working the nightshift in a sleazy district of Portland,Oregon.Change the locale to L.A. and you could say so far so predictable,but Anderson renders every character so real and believable that you can't second guess anything that's going to happen.Hanson is hard-bitten,weary and cynical as only a war veteran perhaps can be,and yet he has retained his humanity and is an entirely empathetic character.The plot is slight but enough to hang the characters on and in the end you feel like you have read a genuine slice of '70's streetlife,and given that Hanson is obviously modelled on the author's own experience,we probably have done.

Kent Anderson is easily as good as Craig Holden,Scott Phillips or Michael Connelly.This guy can write.The only problem is,he's only written 2 books.So,my message to Kent is - write another one soon,because if you write it I'll buy it.I've been waiting 6 years now,dammit!
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By conjunction TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2011
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I think I prefer this to Anderson's first, only because the territory is, for me, slightly closer to home. Both books are very well written, however, using a kind of collage, layer on layer approach to building up a plotline, which if you think about it, is a bit like real life.

A guy called Hanson is the hero of both, and has a penchant for embracing reality as it comes, which isn't a very comfortable way to live.

This is remeniscent of 'The Wire', but just about predates it.

Vietnam underscores Hanson's experience of life as a street cop, and this book is a record of his attempts to reconcile his own experience with the demands of the local PD and the hopes and wishes of his friends (and dog).

For my money, this is right down the line.
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Bargain price. Took a while to arrive but no complaints. Will now look forward to reading it as it was recommended by writer Mark Billingham as his favourite crime story of all time.
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