The Barbary Dogs by Cynthia Robinson
(Max Bravo)

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Opera singer extraordinaire Max Bravo is back in this sequel to THE DOG PARK CLUB that explores both mysterious disappearances and misleading appearances.

Max Bravo is ready for some rest and relaxation. But when an old friend takes a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge, Max realizes that rest and relaxation simply aren't in the cards. The jumper, Frank Kelly, was a failed writer and an accomplished hothead. Max acquires Frank's journal, and is soon following the dead man through a foggy landscape of artistic manias and romantic intrigues. Along the way, he encounters a motley crew of  crackpots, bohemians, and wily ghosts that refuse to be buried in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast past. Fans of quirky, literary mysteries will love this second dose of Max Bravo and his outrageous adventures.
 

About Cynthia Robinson

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CYNTHIA ROBINSON's stories have appeared in Opium.com and the First Thrills anthology. Nominated for the Best New American Voices Award, she lives in San Francisco. The Barbary Galahad is her second novel with Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books; the first, The Dog Park Club, was published in July 2010.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Frank Kelly was more hotheaded than most failed poets, but Max discovers an even more dangerous side of him when he finds Frank’s diary while he’s cleaning out his apartment.

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Fans of overt symbolism, lightweight supernatural escapades, and dogs will enjoy Robinson’s second mystery featuring bisexual bass baritone opera singer Max Bravo (after 2010’s The Dog Park Club), a rollicking, thesaurus-fueled romp through the caverns of Max’s roller-coaster mind.

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As much as Robinson moves on from her penchant for noir, into the realms of Alfred Hitchcock (the aforementioned "Vertigo"), Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw," and John Milton's "Paradise Lost" (along with other auteurs, reaching back into mythology), nothing is as delectable as her forays ...

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