DOG EAT DOG by Jerry Jay Carroll


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A whimsical sequel to Carroll’s Top Dog (1996) pits reformed greenmailer (and diehard dog lover) Bogey Ingersoll against satanic plotters who want to elect a malevolent billionaire to the Presidency. Previously, Wall Street bad-boy Bogey found himself transformed into a dog and taken on a tour de farce through a leafy fantasy world where, after tipping the balance of power between bad angel Zalthazar and good angel Helither, he learned humility and the virtue of self-sacrifice. Now, safely installed in a southern California mansion that he shares with 50 garrulous mutts, Bogey is rich beyond his dreams and celebrated in made-for-TV movies as the millionaire who thought he was a dog. Meantime, he carries on Dr. Doolittle—like conversations with his four-legged friends and tries not to think too much about his divorce from his trophy bride Felicity. Still, his sleep is haunted by disturbing dreams in which he’s once again a dog and some unseen beasty from the fantasy world is out to get him. Then, after a silly charity gathering of California’s ridiculously rich, Bogey finds himself framed for the gory disembowelment of Battle Creek cereal heir Winston Byron. Suspecting that the dreaded Pig Faces—the aforementioned beasties—have set him up, Bogey hires jet-setting Bill Clancy, the best lawyer money can buy, to keep the cops at bay. He also falls for the beautiful Dr. Alex Epperly. Sadly, though, it’s money, not love, that’s needed to oppose bad angel Zalthazar, regnant once again and positioning the ultra-wealthy Barney Soderberg (Warren Buffet with bad hair) to run for President. With Pig Faces, harpies, and a feckless Incubus slithering about to dispatch Soderberg’s enemies, Bogey allies himself anew with Helither. An amusing, featherweight spoof of sex-and-money political novels, with good triumphing only because evil has its price.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-441-00597-7
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Ace/Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1999