Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812967746, 336pp.
Publication Date: June 10, 2003
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 papers the professor has compiled for the CIA, which include a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom, unless of course someone actually uses the plan to throw a large city into chaos--Los Angeles, for instance? Assigned to cope with the crisis and restore the peace, veteran agent Ben Porterfield steps onto the scene to remind us that the CIA's middle name is, after all, Intelligence. Enlivening the mix are Gordon's beautiful girlfriend, Margaret, his temperamental cat, Dr. Henry Metzger, and Metzger's friend, an enormous half-wild dog with huge teeth.
“Very sharp, very funny . . . should not be missed.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Thomas Perry is] a master of nail-biting suspense.”—Los Angeles Times
“In a word—wonderful!”—Chicago Tribune
“I read Metzger’s Dog at one sitting, taking my time and savoring every word, and there was not a moment when I’d have rather been doing something else.”—Lawrence Block
“This is the funniest novel you’re likely to read all season, and one of the best.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution