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Sleeping Dogs

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  6 reviews
As a seasoned political consultant, Dev Conrad approaches working on the reelection campaign of Illinois Senator Warren Nichols with trepidation. The senator’s best friend and adviser has just committed suicide. And though Conrad agrees with Nichols's political positions, he’s leery of the senator’s reputation for sleeping around.

When a major televised debate proves to be...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Lee Goldberg
SLEEPING DOGS by Ed Gorman proves the old adage that you can't tell a book by it's cover. He has been stuck with the ugliest St. Martin's cover in recent history. It's a damn shame, because his book deserves more thoughtful packaging-- a LOT more. It's a biting, fast-moving, darkly funny mystery set inside a Senatorial campaign. The hero is Dev Conrad, a political consultant who knows how to play the game and is growing increasingly uncomfortable with the lies, hypocrisy, and self-delusion inher...more
Dev Conrad is in charge of Illinois Senator Warren Nichols' reelection campaign. Dev is a replacement for the previous campaign manager who committed suicide. Now someone is trying to derail and smear Warren Nichols' re-election. In the game of dirty politics, there's going to be a body count.

I really liked Sleeping Dogs. It's fun, exciting and moves along at a fair clip. It's a really well done mystery with plenty of characters operating in the grey—as you'd expect in the world of politics.

A good mystery/thriller in the dirty world of politics.

Political consultant Dev Conrad had joined the Senator's re-election campaign after a falling out between the candidate and his best friend/advisor, followed by the man's suicide.

Only three weeks were left before election day and the opponent was trailing, but pushing. At a debate, something happened to the Senator, who suddenly appeared drunk and passed out, only to be eased to the floor by his opponent. Dev is immediately suspicious, remem...more
May 13, 2008 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes hardboiled mysteries
A Senator is slipped a mickey before a debate, and his political consultant, Dev, who has the soul of a two-fisted hardboiled PI, tries to find out who's behind it. Ed Gorman, one of the true pros in this business, knows how to ratchet up the tension and create more problems for our man, Dev. Flawlessly written, this is a nifty hardboiled mystery for fans of the genre.
Dev Conrad is a character that I was cheering for even as I despised him. Ed paints a political picture filled with humor, cynicism, and corruption. The result is a thought-provoking tale about campaigns and the roles all of us play in our political system.
Subject: politics. Action centers around a congressman running for re-election. Real eye-opener.
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Edward Joseph Gorman was born somewhere in the U.S. in 1941. He spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, particularl...more
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