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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,388 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Troy Cameron, criminal ampliamente respetado en los bajos fondos de Los Ángeles, embarca a dos viejos camaradas del reformatorio en un golpe de los que difícilmente rechazaría quien ha entregado su vida al crimen. Se trata de Gerald McCain, apodado «Mad Dog» por su conducta demente y violenta en extremo, y de Charles «Diesel» Carson, un grandullón que desaprueba el carácte ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published 2010 by Sajalín (first published 1995)
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Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another powerful and persuasive semi-autobiographical novel of Bunker. The one to read, however, remains, No Beast So Fierce. After all the pretentiousness of American action/crime/thriller popular culture, Bunker is searingly authentic. Highly recommended.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dog Eat Dog by Edward Bunker
This is a great piece of Modern noir fiction
that is based in the reality of Ed Bunkers life
this book follows some hardened criminals as
they raise from long terms in prison and in the
lead hood Troy, we follow him as he leaves
prison with the certain intention of carrying on
where he left off no matter how much the world
has changed since he's been away.
It makes a big play of how the world can change
beyond belief if you spend say 10 to 20 years
behind bars. and Tro
James Newman
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like crime fiction dark and realistic then look no further than Dog eat Dog by Edward Bunker. In the opening scene one of the novels anti-heroes (for there are no clear protagonists or antagonists - every character is as flawed as the next and out to get each other) Mad Dog main lines a heroic does of cocaine, freaks out, tries to steal his girlfriends credit card, she refuses, he steals her downers, takes them, and proceeds to slaughter both her and her young daughter. Puts them in the d ...more
Kit Fox
Not Bunker's best. Seemed to lack the streamlined precision of his other works, so maybe it could've been better served by a strong editorial hand...or something. The action kinda meandered too much and was punctuated with bits of dialogue that came across as attempts for the author to voice his own opinions on current events via the mouths o' his characters. That being said, I got this from the library, and was thrilled to find a particular section--where the main character states his badass cr ...more
Verge LeNoir
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A visceral- hard hitting crime fiction novel; from a man who practically grew up in the California penal system (Mr. Bunker was a thief and drug dealer, who spent more than 20 years behind bars before being released for the last time in 1975) In this book, Mr. Bunker has no time for florid/pretty prose. He gets to the meat and potatoes from the get-go (No pussyfooting, just the way me likes)

The main protagonists are: Troy Cameron and his two amigos; Diesel Carson and Gerald ‘Mad Dog’ McCain, who
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Edward Bunker lived a life of crime from a young age through middle age. I reviewed his memoir, Education of a Felon, awhile back. He knows whereof he speaks in this novel of a trio of ex-cons back on the street getting back into the life. Most of the crime fiction I've read (admittedly a fairly small sampling) deals more with those trying to stop or solve the crimes. This book simply follows the criminals on a series of (let's call them) "capers." There's very little grey area here; this is a v ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Eddie Bunker, though I’ve heard about him for the last 20+ years, since seeing him as Mr. Blue in "Reservoir Dogs". Actually before then, back in the late 1970s, I saw “Straight Time” (based on his first book: “No Beast So Fierce”) -- I was told by a few ex-cons I knew in the Tenderloin SF CA back then (more like transitional cons, during one of their brief periods between confinements) that “Straight Time” was the best representation of the post-incarceration odyssey (I have also seen ...more
Eve Kay
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is an entertaining, realistic, crime read for those evenings when you wanna have a little action and no fiddling about. It didn't fly me over the moon though, no big discoveries made here. A good book if you like crime novels. ...more
Feb 07, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Dog Eat Dog is the tale of three unremorseful criminals with two felony convictions apiece and no more chances. Under California's `Three Strikes' law, one more conviction - even for shoplifting - carries a mandatory life sentence with no prospect of remission. But a law intended to deter career criminals has the opposite effect on these three. Combined they have spent a lifetime behind bars and have no idea, or intention, of leading a straight life under rules set by a system they have never be ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark and unsettling view of three Felons lives after incarceration from the state system. All three are career criminals and want to score big. Interesting to note the authors view of the "three strikes your out" law in California which he incorporates in his story. Bunker gave me the opinion he disagrees with it, and my opinion to Bunker is- If you are paroled out of the system, don't be carrying a weapon. The two remaining characters toward the end would NOT have been in trouble if they did ...more
Troy, Desiel, and Mad Dog all ex con's. finally get out of prison after long term sentences.

Mad dog dose to many drugs and reverts back to killing and crime.

Desiel tries to do right gets a wife has a baby but is always drawn back to crime and his prison buddys. It seems as thought all he dreamed of inside/did not fill his void.

Troy is who the men all look up to and once he is out of prison they are on a roll of a crime spree.

So you think to yourself, if you were in prison for almost 20 years
Big Pete
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. It's not as streamlined as Eddie's other books but it's unputdownable and hits hard.
Three ex-cons team up for one last heist - sound familiar? It's not. Bunker's novel is realistic and deeply twisted, and has his sense of (slightly played-down) morality and (more prominent) social criticism. These are all facets of his work, though I feel like that is one of his most brutal (just consider the opening).
Demon Dog Ellroy's endorsement "the best a
James Andre
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tight, simple and brutal. Three ex-cons tear through LA in pursuit of a final score. Yes, it's a story that's been told many times, but in this case it all rings unique especially for the time and place that it's set (90s). Bunker writes with a prose that is spare yet filled with detail and context. You can tell he's lived the life.
After reading this I could see its influence in so many other stories, everything from Tarantino to Michael Mann's Heat to GTAV. One piece of advice, don't watch the
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2008
It's not well plotted (as other reviewers have pointed out), but then I think that reflects the nature of the subject - opportunistic crime. These characters haven't plotted their lives, they react to circumstances.

The characters are well drawn, obviously given Bunker's background he knows these sort of people well, and it shows.

The writing is terse, gritty and punchy and more realistic than the average crime novel
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice quick read of a crime novel from a guy who has little time for florid prose of much of the genre and instead deals in in facts with the credibility of having done some serious time itself. The book's most lasting impression is the author's overt critique of the "three strikes" policy, and of police brutality. It may not be the best written novel, but you do feel like you're getting the real dirt. ...more
Tyler  Garewal
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw and steeped in realism. This novel gives you a peak into the mind of men who have lived a life of crime since childhood, and it gives you the idea that prison provides a bachelors degree in crime. What I find fascinating in stories like these is you find yourself rooting for criminals even if you don't want to. Anyway, only a man who has lived a life of crime can write a novel like this. Bunker tells it like it is in real life, not like we see on television every night. ...more
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a ton of crime fiction, but like Eddie Bunker. Won't blow you away with his writing, but the stories are good, and, having spent long stretches in prison, he knows the world and people he writes about. Start with Animal Factory, but this is a good 2nd Bunker book (or at least was for me). ...more
Eddie Bunker was a crime writer who knew crime: he grew up in the California criminal system and was a professional thief. That experience, plus twenty years of labor as a professional writer, gives Dog Eat Dog a brutal realism that is seldom found in fiction.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hayduke
This is my second Bunker book after "Animal Factory", and I like them quite simply!! The authenticity is undeniable and they just grab you and shake you around. Nothing fancy, but that works in it's favor as the grime and grittiness just shine through. Quick reads but stories that linger. Excellent stuff!!! Solid 4 stars. ...more
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was written by mr brown or mr whatever color, one of those actors who played the thieves in reservoir dogs. it's a great bank heist book. i cant stop reading books about jewel and/or bank robberies. really fun read. ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most real crime stories I have read. The Characters and plot are all very believable. The language and the narrative come across very well. Anyone interested in street life should read him.
Dimitrios Otis
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty intense book -- more strictly crime genre than Bunker's other and more autobiographical works. He really pushes it here -- hard to take in places, and often grim. The one instance of the 'code of criminals' turns out not so honourable (yet, more so in some nihilistic way.) ...more
Jeffrey Cavanaugh
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three ex-cons form an armed robbery gang in hopes of making it big, but none are able to escape their pasts or their violent, hopeless fate. Elegantly written, but perhaps too much self-justification via jailhouse philosophy to be truly great. Very enjoyable if you like the genre.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping read, very believable and authentic-feeling.
Personally, I feel it could use some positive aspects of personality for the heroes or an uplifting backdrop (such as in Shantaram, the reason my friend recommended this book to me).
Nick McCormack
Proper crime novel. Fast paced. Good read.
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty gruesome stuff. Great read about ex-cons.
SE Panoply
The weakest book I've read by Bunker. This one just didn't grow on me. Started to sound recycled because of his other stories. ...more
Nate Hendrix
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Edward's best yet. The theme is similar to his other work, career criminals doing their thing. It is clear that he has drawn on his past to create his characters and their situations. ...more
Fiona Pearse
This is a slightly melancholy, bleak look at the gangster world. But revealing and honest, it was a page-turner for me.
Chris Kasparoza
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the minute I picked this up, I could not put it down. Awesome, Authentic, and Powerful. RIP Edward Bunker.
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Edward Heward Bunker was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, and an actor.
He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films.
Bunker was a bright but troublesome child, who spent much of his childhood in different foster homes and institutions.
He started on a criminal career at a very early age, and continued on this path throughout the years, returning to prison

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