Texas by The Tail seems to earn a mixed reaction from Thompson fans. It's a good one. It's not S-Tier Thompson, but it's not the hot mess some folks may try to convince you it is either. It's a solid upper-mid tier range output. Closer to mid, if we're being honest. It's a gate-keeper for the upper echelon.
Unfortunately, Texas by the Tail suffers from following The Grifters (a bedrock of the S-Tier), and unnecessarily draws comparisons to it. On the surface there's a lot of overlap. Stories about con men with troubled relationships with women, including the older women who serve as fill-ins for the protagonist's unusual relationship with a floozy mother.
Short of the surface-level thematic overlap, Texas by the Tail stands on its own. Fans of the super dark worlds Thompson creates may be disappointed here, but there are moments of Thompson's trademark viciousness -- in particular a scene where two effete hoods go to shakedown a lady. Rough stuff t…
What am I? Crazy? Giving away one of my babies like that?
The rumors are true. Dog Duty, my first novel, is free from today (that's 6.13.17) through this Saturday (6.17.17) on Amazon.
You can, and SHOULD, get it by clicking here. What's the book about? Great question.
A Canine Noir revenge story! When a late-night foot pursuit through dark back alleys goes terribly wrong in the jaws of an ex-military Rottweiler, Fritz, Grand City PD's top German Shepherd is driven into retirement to a place far worse than the crime-infested streets he patrolled: the suburbs!
Surrounded by suburbanite hounds and derelict mutts of all shapes and breeds, Fritz narrates his quest for revenge and redemption that takes him into the fringes of the seedy canine underworld of cat-races, underground clubs, back alleys, and dog parks.
Sounds cool, right?
Just wait until you see the cover:
They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but I think you can make an exception here.