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Dog on Fire

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  15 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Kevin Sweeney and Joop Wheeler operate a small private investigative agency on the Massachusetts coast. They can’t always afford to be choosy about their clients; they take just about any case that comes their way. A young man wants to learn how his fiancée is really earning her money, an accused arsonist is worried his daughter is worshipping a pagan idol, the owners of a ...more
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Published October 15th 2011
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Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to James by: Stephanie Fysh
Sweeney and Wheeler, two detectives who couldn't be more different yet seem to compliment each other perfectly. One a northern ex-cop, the other a southern ex-journalist. Together they tease and taunt each other through the exceedingly random series of cases they get. While Joop Wheeler is easily my favourite of the two characters, Greg manages to write them both as unique, credible and likeable characters. Each case is enjoyable, not only to find out how the case is resolved (and there are twis ...more
Dorothyanne Brown
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've just started wallowing in the short story form and came across this book from the excellent Gotham Writer's Workshop author, Greg Fallis. It's an excellent selection, with stories well chosen to complement each other and wonderfully drawn characters.
My favourite things about the book, though, are the plots of the stories. They are unexpected, different from your average whodunnit, and the interaction of Joop Wheeler and Kevin Sweeney as they solve each puzzle is magical to watch.
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Stephanie Fysh
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, fiction, mystery
Greg Fallis's linked story collection has so much voice. The distinct characters of the two PIs come across so fully, so lived in, and neither is Fallis's own voice (as a nonfiction writer). There are particular delights here for photographers/collectors and for Gaelic speakers. My only complaint is that there remain signs of separate publication in the prepublished stories, but I'll forgive Fallis that, knowing the complexities of revising in that scenario, in exchange for the elegance of these ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dog on Fire is a thoroughly enjoyable read. The two characters who narrate in turn the cases undertaken by a P.I. agency are both strong, although I find myself more drawn to Joop and his southern ways. This is crime fiction with a light touch - no satanic rituals or dismembered corpses, just good storytelling in easy to digest capsules. There's a nice amount of humour, particularly in the different approaches to their work taken by Joop and Sweeney and the dialogue feels authentic and snappy. E ...more
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