Metzger's Dog

Metzger s Dog Leroy Chinese Gordon and his friends break into a professor s lab at the University of Los Angeles to steal some pharmaceutical cocaine and they find papers the professor has compiled for the CIA tha

  • Title: Metzger's Dog
  • Author: Thomas Perry
  • ISBN: 9780684179483
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Leroy Chinese Gordon and his friends break into a professor s lab at the University of Los Angeles to steal some pharmaceutical cocaine, and they find papers the professor has compiled for the CIA that include a blue print for throwing a large city into chaos But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom unless someone actually uses the plan throwing LoLeroy Chinese Gordon and his friends break into a professor s lab at the University of Los Angeles to steal some pharmaceutical cocaine, and they find papers the professor has compiled for the CIA that include a blue print for throwing a large city into chaos But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom unless someone actually uses the plan throwing Los Angeles into chaos, for instance Assigned to cope with the crisis and restore the peace is veteran agent Ben Porterfield, a man who reminds 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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.

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. What was it--a Ford Econoline van--one of those big, boxy models--outfitted with automatic butterfly doors in back and a retractable Howitzer field artillery gun --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-fi [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 th [...]

    8. It's hard to go wrong with Thomas Perry. I actually read this title some time ago, but neglected to shelve it when I began using GR. This one is a heart-stopping page turner. Don't plan to read it during small blocks of time, like lunchtime at work or during a break. Save it to bury yourself in on a long cold weekend; this one would suit many of you nicely.My copy was procured by me for myself--whether used or new, I don't remember, but it grabbed me by the hair and I had to read till it was don [...]

    9. 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 balco [...]

    10. Leroy Chinese Gordon (Wonderful name!) is a bit of an idiot savant, minor criminal, tool and die guy who lives in Los Angeles. He has lovingly hand-built his own anti-aircraft gun and mounted it in the back of his Ford van. He has two close friends who have particular skills (lockpicking and sharpshooting) and who comprise his "gang." He has a beautiful (Of course!) and smart (Surprisingly!) girlfriend named Margaret. Chinese himself is ruled by his roommate, Dr. Henry Metzger, a cat.Chinese lea [...]

    11. 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.

    12. 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 [...]

    13. (3 1/2) Catching up on an earlier Perry work via e book on vacation I found this one. Carl Hiaasen wrote the introduction and that is most appropriate, as this story is very stylistically linked to him and even touches a little of Tim Dorsey's madness. This is a tongue in cheek, heavily farcical mystery/thriller with a fun story and a big old bunch of great characters. We have (sort of) dueling protagonists, 3 great side kicks and two wonderfully charismatic animals. We have Los Angeles at its f [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 to [...]

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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!

    19. 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.

    20. Probably one my favorite books ever. Wonderful combination of action and humor. Stupid criminals against an even dumber CIA. The absurdity is fantastic.

    21. Outstanding book. A few parts were confusing but overall it was very well put together. Enticing and surprising all the way to the end.

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