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Diamond Dogs

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Star quarterback Neil Garvin is as cruel to his fellow students at his Nevada high school as his abusive father is to him. When a random act of violence takes a life, Neil's father, the local sheriff, takes control and covers up the crime. Wrestling with the mysterious disappearance of his mother years before, Neil must find his way of out of his prison of fear.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 1st 2000)
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Diamond Dogs by Alan Watt

Neil Garvin appears to have it all; good looks, popularity, a girlfriend and the starting quarterback position on the high school football team. However he also has to live with his abusive father, the memory of his mother who left when he was three and a secret that will haunt him forever.

I enjoyed this suspenseful novel even though I didn’t like the main character or his father, but I think that was part of the idea of the book. Neil’s past doesn’t excuse who he is or
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Jeff says,
Neil Garvin appears to have it all; good looks, popularity, a girlfriend and the starting quarterback position on the high school football team. However he also has to live with his abusive father, the memory of his mother who left when he was three and a secret that will haunt him forever. I enjoyed this suspenseful novel even though I didn’t like the main character or his father, but I think that was part of the idea of the book. Neil’s past doesn’t excuse who he is or what he has do
Scott Moon
A few months ago, I purchased a copy of the 90 day novel by Alan Watt and gave it a go. But that's a different book review, and must wait until I've completed the day-by-day writing exercises.

After spending a large amount of time following Watt's advice on writing, which seemed solid or I wouldn't have bought the 90 day novel, I decided I needed to read Diamond Dogs. Yes, I can be a bit backward. A normal person would purchase a book on writing after developing admiration for an author's work.

I was surprised to realize how interesting this book was. A football player, Neil, makes a bad decision and ends up with his hands covered in a mess he isn't sure how to handle. The relationship he holds with his dad is based on how much he pleases his dad with his accomplishments. Throughout the story, his dad and him bond in a twisted way when they try to cover up a crime. Many kids in today's society are always trying to please someone. In the book, you see Neil trying to get out of the hold ...more
I honestly don't know where to start off with this book. For starters the whole plot of the book is over all very weak and seems to go into so many different directions that it hardly seems to be part of the same book anymore. The main character is Neil a football star who is the son of the town's sheriff. The character of Neil is ver unlikable from start to finish. He is a bully and to tell you the truth the book does an awful job trying to get you to feel any sympathy fo him. ~SPOILER~ So the ...more
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Did you know that Diamond dogs is now a major motion picture. This book written by Alan watt contains everything from your mid- night romance too your favorite mysteries. In this book Neil, a 17 year old pro star football player with a partying problem finds himself in his father’s shoes even though he wont know it till the end of the book. Even though this book only spans over a four day period, it still is a “all night book”. This book is a great read, for all reading levels but not all readin ...more
This Book was a decent book. The book isn’t all that long so I expected it to be a little more exciting though it had good content it isn't all that exciting after the beginning and then towards the end it starts to get better. The book is about a guy named Neil that has everything at school he is popular and he in the quarterback of the football team. His home life isn't so amazing though his dad is a drunk that occasionally beats him, and his mom stepped out on them. I would recommend this boo ...more
Larry Buhl
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I like the coming of age story found within.There is a lot of precision in the wrting. An easy read with a universal message that most readers will ferret out. I larned a lot about writing here.
Dec 25, 2013 Flavio rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fabs
I read this book because I am reading other book from Alan Watt, The 90 Day Novel. I found this book very interesting. First it doesn't have the common form of other books. Neil narrates the story in the first person. The plot is psychological. We follow Neil's mind as he tolds us his personal problems, mostly because his father. His world changes after he hits and kills a school mate after leaving a party loaded. His father covered him hidden the body. Nice development and construction. The con ...more
Loved this book, very reminiscent of a Stephen King novella.
Another cheerful book about teens killing teens...this one from the perspective of a star athlete who drinks too much at a party and, while driving home, kills another kid. He panics, but is shocked when his dad actually covers for him, even hides the body. His father is amazingly brutal, not to mention an alcoholic. In the end, he nearly kills the kid, who (very pat) suddenly remembers where his mother is & why she hasn't ever come home for him. You end up feeling like this horrible kid may ...more
Jennifer Louden
Hard to put down thriller; dark but some redeeming ending; I wanted to keep reading but I didn't care enough about the characters; and I found myself peeved that so many (all?) the main character's insights are preceded by the word "realized." It felt like cheating to me. Yes there was action that brought the realization to the forefront but still, I was bugged. Read this because the writer also wrote 90 Days to the Novel which I am working through... I did find the way he unpacked this novel in ...more
Wow... angst now has a whole new standard to live up to, doesn't it? I mean, God...

This book wasn't even sad or depressing. It was just ANGSTY. I struggled through the beginning a bit, mostly because I had trouble caring for Neil. In fact, I don't think I really cared for Neil until the end, when he found out the truth about his mother.

This was an odd duck of a book, and I can't say I would read it again. It wasn't bad exactly, just... strange.
I read this short debut novel because I had recently picked up Watts' book on 90-day novel writing and he, naturally, mentioned this one quite a bit. Bad thing happen, then dumb things happen, and then this one thing happens, and that's about it. I felt nothing for the main characters, even when all the secrets come to light. So so ...
What really got me in this book is Al Watt's ability to pack so much information into one paragraph.
It's not the kind of book I normally read, and the two main characters were both despicable in their own ways. But not all protagonists need to be likeable for it to be a good and compelling story. The end makes this novel.
Krista Stevens
Disturbing. Almost in a good way, but then Watts crosses the line with graphic and extremely disturbing sex scenes. I liked the suspense and the way he portrayed human nature' desire to cover up sin/big mistakes - but at the end I think he lost his focus. For only very mature upper high school kids.
Peter Schuyler
Diamond Dogs had such a clear narrative line. It made me care for the protagonist even though there were so many reasons not to like him. The characters were hewn out of different woods and each resonated with his own personality.
It was a quick read that left me wanting more.
May 28, 2009 Eden rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
i read this book when i was in 8th grade and really liked it, i think it partly had to do with the fact that i had gotten it from goodwill for 25 cents and it was good. I think that i was shocked me that the book that cost me so will could be entertaining.
Pretty depressing story, but written with amazing pacing that gets you through it. Main character is not really likable, so much so that he doesn't really like himself either. Set outside Las Vegas, which makes for an interesting setting.
Erin Nudi
Reminds me of Crime and Punishment, except a much easier, lighter read than that. I enjoyed this a lot, and also got to read about the making of this book in Watt's other (AMAZING) book, The 90 Day Novel.
I loved the narration of this novel. Neil is a heartbreaking character who I was rooting for all the way.

I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down. It was fast paced, tense, and wonderful.
I picked this up at the library b/c it was recommended by staff, who wrote "father son bonding at its very worst". Yep. Compellling quick read, but very dark. It would make a great Cohen Brothers movie.
Marcus Lynn
Dark novel about an unusual father-son bond that is disturbing and odd. The last 30 pages of the book made it one to remember.
Nov 02, 2014 Tracey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tracey by: Kathy
Book Club Book 11 - Chosen by Kathy!

It's a great book with mystery and a little sex - two of my favorite things!
Joel Roberts
mediocre, but a painless mediocre. if a phone call hadn't interrupted me, i might have finished the book in 20 minutes.
What can I say? Alan is my writing teacher and I think he's brilliant! Must read! He says so much in so few words.
Notcathy J
Cathy has written, "Is there no such thing as editing anymore?" (Used 'they're' for 'their'.)
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Alan Watt is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. His bestselling novel Diamond Dogs (Little, Brown), won numerous awards including France’s 2004 Prix Printemps (best foreign novel). He recently adapted the book for French film company, Quad, and it is soon to be a feature film. His book, The 90-Day Novel, is one of the top-selling books on writing. He's also the author of The 90-Day Rewrite a ...more
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