One Good Dog by Susan Wilson


9 Critic Reviews

It’s rare for me to carry a novel everywhere until I finish it, but I did with this one and I doubt you’ll be able to put it down, either.


"One Good Dog is a wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story about two fighters—one a man, one a dog— hoping to leave the fight behind, who ultimately find their salvation in each other. Susan Wilson's clear and unflinching style is perfectly suited for her story that strips away the trappings and toys we all hide behind, and exposes our essential need to give and accept love in order to thrive."—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Adam March is a self-made "Master of the Universe." He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam's sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses the life he's worked so hard to achieve. He doesn't believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service. But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where his life will intersect with Chance.

Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He's been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance's unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam.

What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other—in ways they never could have expected.


About Susan Wilson

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Susan Wilson is the author of Beauty--a modern retelling of Beauty And The Beast (S&S 1997) which was made into a CBS-TV movie--as well as four other novels.  She lives on Martha's Vineyard. 
Published February 27, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Mar 11 2012
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All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2


Above average
on Jan 24 2011

The story closes in a rush of reconciliation, a sob or two, and wiser, happier humans and canines all round...An irresistible, if one-dimensional, cocktail of salvation and sentiment.

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on Apr 01 2012

It is a compelling story that is realistic and one that many can relate to. Be prepared for a mixture of emotions, and have the popcorn ready – it is better than a movie.

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on Mar 12 2010

This is a novel for anyone that loves a good dog story...It is a story of redemption for both the main character Adam and the nameless pit bull mix.

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Book Reporter

on Jan 13 2011

...Wilson's uncanny channeling of this scrappy misunderstood dog with a heart of gold strikes just the right chord...

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USA Today

on Feb 09 2012

It works. It's a Hallmark made-for-TV movie, hokey at times. You'll cry at the end

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Dallas News

on Aug 22 2010

Not since Shawshank has there been a more satisfying story of redemption.

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on Jun 07 2010

It’s rare for me to carry a novel everywhere until I finish it, but I did with this one and I doubt you’ll be able to put it down, either.

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Booked Solid

on Feb 12 2011

A beautiful book that is strongly told, with characters that are so real you will realize you see them all around you.

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Below average
on Jun 26 2010

It's marketed to adults, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. This is a book I may have liked when I was 12. Even then, I think, I would have noticed how predictable everything in the story is.

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