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Metzger's Dog

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The much-loved comic thriller by the author of the Edgar Award–winning The Butcher’s Boy is now, by popular demand, back in print, featuring a new Introduction by bestselling author Carl Hiaasen.

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 pap
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Published June 10th 2003 by Random House (first published September 1st 1983)
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Jim
May 20, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great. It took a little while to really suck me in because everything about it was understated. As the characters & the plot developed & came together, the grip of the story became relentless. The reader was perfect for the story which was full of a wry humor as well as a twisty plot. The characters made it. Their quirks & dialog were perfect.

I loved the way Dr. Henry Metzger, the cat, controlled his world. Rather than being an integral part of the plot, he is very like Chin
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I'd have to say this isn't my typical type of book, so I'm glad it was selected for Action group's read this month. I found it enjoyable. I think that if this was a movie, it would be a Steven Soderburg movie for sure. I could see his touch all over the movie adaptation.

What I liked:

*I liked the wry and subtle humor. You have to be paying attention to see it, and it's highly ironical. The CIA's big thinkers believe their culprit is anything from the Russians to a huge terrorist cell, but it's no
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Skip
Aug 30, 2015 Skip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, humor, e-books
I liked Carl Hiassen's introduction more than the novel. Chinese Gordon breaks into a lab to steal drugs and grabs secretly funded CIA research on psychological warfare. Chinese then attempts to sell the papers back to the U.S. government, and there is much mayhem. The human characters were lame, totally eclipsed by Chinese's cat (Dr. Henry Metzger) and the vicious security dog his gang stole. Perry's other books are better; this one can be skipped.
Jonathan
Apr 29, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in kind of a rut with books, not really liking much that I read. This was especially true with audiobooks, where I really didn't like many of them that I have listened to recently. So I decided to go back to a modern classic, a book that I loved many years ago, Thomas Perry's "Metzger's Dog", in the hopes that I would still like it and once again get a book I really truly enjoyed.

And lucky for me, I wasn't disappointed. A real comic masterpiece, full of crazy ideas, nutty characters and, m
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Steve
Nov 13, 2007 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, especially if you know L.A.
Having loved Perry's Jane Whitefield books, and been dazzled by their pace and that of a couple of subsequent works of Perry's, I was intrigued to pick up this well-reviewed early work. Metzger is, surprisingly, the name of our protagonist's cat! His human `Chinese' Gordon, is a rather petty criminal who stumbles onto a major opportunity. Blackmailing the CIA? Gonna try, anyway. Bring in Latino Mafia-like members as allies? OK, but how long will it last? Do all this while upsetting the workings ...more
Peter
Jun 01, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
Leroy Charles "Chinese" Gordon’s skill set is immense, ranging from master thief to tool-and-die maker whose latest product is a precision-machined M-39 cannon, an air-to-air automatic cannon with devastating firepower. It will be mounted on an SUV and used to good effect on the upcoming job.

We meet Chinese Gordon when he is asleep in the room above his metalworking shop. His roommate, Dr. Henry Metzger, quietly indicates that someone has stealthily entered the shop. Chinese goes to the balcony
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Tony
Feb 24, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perry, Thomas. METZGER’S DOG. (1983). *****. Not a thriller, but still an excellent read. I’d call this one more of a caper novel than anything else. Think of Westlake and, dimly, Hiaasen, and you will get close to the tone of this book. Leroy “Chinese” Gordon breaks into a professor’s office at the University of Los Angeles. He was actually after a stash of cocaine which was being used for research at their labs – street value, according to the DEA, of $1MM. He and his crew found the cocaine, b ...more
Feliks
May 01, 2015 Feliks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-thrillers
What was it--a Ford Econoline van--one of those big boxy models--outfitted with automatically sliding doors and a retractable artillery cannon--which starts off this story? Hilarious. Its as if Hunter Thompson collaborated with AJ Quinell to concoct this tale. But no--in this case, we can't heap enough laurels on the brow of Thomas Perry; a clever and ingenious author unfairly under-recognized among his peers. Among the now over-crowded, over-ambitious, over-awesome action-arena, this quiet, qui ...more
Cyn (RaeWhit)
Jun 05, 2013 Cyn (RaeWhit) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best suspense/thrillers I've ever read. I've just reread it after many years, and it's still one of the best.
Cathy
Note to self: Skip the intro to the audio edition per Jim's review.
Carolyn
Jun 04, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS! It was so much fun that I listened to it TWICE! As Carl Hiaasen points out in his introduction, it's a caper more than a thriller or mystery. It's funny and suspenseful, with fascinating (and bumbling) characters, a complex plot with more twists and turns than Calif State Route 299. One thing I really like about Thomas Perry's story-telling is that his characters often make assumptions that are very wrong and those mistakes take the events in a totally different direction. Again, M ...more
Mom
May 09, 2012 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, this book, even though it was light weight, without any great point. Funny, with delightful ideas--loved the cat and his dog--and the story was kind while still captivaing enough to draw me in. Blundering criminals fumble through a crazy blackmail plot to hoodwink the CIA.
Wren
Aug 11, 2008 Wren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Metzger in the title is a cat. How could you go wrong with that? Old-fashioned detective story with good guys and bad guys. I adored it. Woke up at 2 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep until I finished it. Just ordered 3 more by this guy. Can't wait to read 'em.
Dick
Jan 10, 2014 Dick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother recommended Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry so much to me that he bought it for me and sent it to me. Despite my almost missing the book when it went directly to Spam in my email account, the book was great and I couldn't put it down.

According to my brother he read this when he was in high school. It obviously clouded his thinking if only because he plagiarized his thoughts when he told me about a great thriller about how terrorists could follow-up September 11th. A few dedicated souls
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Debby Allen
I was really looking forward to this after reading Hiaasen's introduction. And it started off unlikely enough, quirky characters, opportunities for fun and mayhem. But the mayhem that ensued was so improbable and depended on such much pure dumb luck that the levity wasn't sufficient to levitate. I just couldn't believe Chinese being so savvy the last 80% of the book after the first 20%. I can believe the people running various government agencies are that single minded but not that purely bullhe ...more
Heather
Aug 20, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough good things about Thomas Perry novels. This is another book full of fascinating detail, hilarious situations and a bad guy you can't help but like.
Katy
Aug 31, 2009 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, humor
Probably one my favorite books ever. Wonderful combination of action and humor. Stupid criminals against an even dumber CIA. The absurdity is fantastic.
Virginia
Unexpectedly funny and absurd, I was told by a few friends that they hated it (but I gave it a go anyway for our book club). I'm glad I gave it a shot!
Nola
Nov 02, 2008 Nola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book. A few parts were confusing but overall it was very well put together. Enticing and surprising all the way to the end.
Ruth
Good. Smooth writing style, humor, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?
Marysue Hudson
Jul 17, 2011 Marysue Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books, I think of it every time I add pepper to my food, just read it.
Davidette
Jun 08, 2011 Davidette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, mystery, fiction
so far my favorite thomas perry book because of the eccentric characters.
Jennifer
Oct 09, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read it years ago, several times, need to revisit.
Janice
Apr 16, 2008 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed so hard through this book! Well worth reading!
Steven
Dec 20, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
he is a great story teller
Drew
Feb 05, 2012 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read...
Dobby0390
Chinese Gordon was fully awake. He'd heard the clinking noise again, and now there was no question the cat was listening, too. The cat, Doctor Henry Metzger, had assumed the loaf-of-bread position on Gordon's blanket, his ears straight up like a pair of spoons to catch the sound and lock onto it. Doctor Henry Metzger sat up and licked his paw, then froze as he detected some variation in the sound that Chinese Gordon's ears couldn't hear.

"What is it?" whispered Chinese Gordon. "Somebody trying t
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L.A.Weekly
Jun 12, 2008 L.A.Weekly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the latest LA Weekly Literary Supplement, Thomas Perry wrote an essay In a Jam: How Suspense Keeps the Novel on Edge.

Here's the first part:

Suspense isn’t a pleasant sensation. We go to great lengths to manage our lives in ways that will keep us from having to go through periods of uncertainty — particularly when it’s prolonged, and when the stakes are high. But in reading fiction, especially a novel, we crave this sensation of increasing tension, and the higher the stakes, the better. We love
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Mark Mcguire
Nov 24, 2012 Mark Mcguire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crime fiction is my thing. When the story is well crafted and well written, I simply can't get enough. I've been down with the gritty and the gloomy all the way from Travis McGee to Harry Bosch. I also love the wise cracking Philip Marlowe types. But stories that can really give me out-loud-laughs as well as thrills take me to a very happy place. Give me a good Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen any day. Metzger's Dog goes way beyond the wise cracking detective found in some of my favorite reads. Pe ...more
Paul Lyons
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Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California with his wife ...more
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