Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry
A Novel

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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 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.

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Thomas Perry, noted for his sophisticated and humorous suspense novels, has written nearly twenty books, including seven featuring Jane Whitefield and The Butcher's Boy, which won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Published June 10, 2003 by Random House. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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As in his debut, The Butcher's Boy (1982), Perry again registers as an almost-terrific suspense writer—this time with a comic-caper thriller that's superb in its first half (reminiscent of prime Donald E. Westlake), then increasingly thin, silly, and farfetched.

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