Metzger's Dog

Metzger's Dog


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812967746
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/10/2003
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 249,472
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Thomas Perry won an Edgar Award for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog was one of the New York Times's Notable Books of the Year. His other books include The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Act. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best sellers Razor Girl, Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and five best-selling children’s books, Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami CARL HIAASEN is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at or visit

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Metzger's Dog 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of well written mystery thrillers. I especially enjoyed Perry's 'Jane Whitefield Series' but 'Metzger's Dog'- a mystery thriller for sure-is highly entertaining and pure fun to read.The CIA assumes they are dealing with some dangerous terrorists and based on that erroneous assumption almost start an international incident. I am sure you will enjoy intelligent devious 'Chinese Gordon', his friends and beautiful girlfriend and of course Dr.Henry Metzger and the fearful junkyard dog. This book will put you in a good mood! Be sure to read Carl Hiasson's introduction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read some of Perry's other novels a few years ago (the Jane Whitefield series) which I enjoyed. Then I read "Island", a terrific satire (which it took me 20+ disappointing pages to realize). And then I found a reissued "Butcher's Boy", his Edgar Award winning first novel, which was excellent Metzger's Dog may be the best combination of several different types of novels from a very gifted (although somewhat unusual) author. So where necessary, suspend your disbelief and enjoy!
EddyMcGuire More than 1 year ago
I love crime fiction. I got hooked on John D. MacDonald as a teen. Now I burn through Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and others. But there's a special place in my heart for crime fiction that makes me laugh. Metzger's Dog deserves a place on the shelf right next to your favorite Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen titles. I didn't just read this book, I devoured it. The only problem was, half an hour after I finished with "Chinese"... I was hungry for more.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Metzger’s Dog” by Thomas Perry is one of the most unusual and at the same time one of the best “thrillers” that I have read. It is hilarious, suspenseful, and just a pleasure to read. At a recent book signing event, Perry was asked which of his books his favorite was, and he immediately chose “Metzger’s Dog.” Now I know why; this book is fantastic; I could not stop laughing and cringing at the same time. It is hard to adequately describe the book without giving away critical “plot points,” so I will just say that unusual details make this book compelling and entertaining. The story features a dog, a dark, dangerous, panting, drooling dog, owned by Dr. Henry Metzger who is really the only one not petrified of “the dog.” People are afraid that “the dog” will get hungry and eat the mail carrier or an entire kindergarten class. In a plot that could be from today’s news rather than a book published in 1983, Leroy "Chinese" Gordon and his band of only moderately competent drug dealers and thieves stumble upon a government “Black Ops” operation that seeks to bring down “enemy” governments from the inside by creating citizen unrest. The “team” plans to foster distrust of local governments through media campaigns that accuse governments of reprehensible events, everything from allowing contaminated baby food to producing toxic tampons. Of course, all of this is just “fake news” and none of these events would actually happen. The unknowing but believing population would rebel against the nasty government, and the economy would collapse. The now “liberated” citizenry would eagerly allow outside countries to help the new government, and market resources such as petroleum reserves. “Metzger’s Dog” is a masterpiece, full of wacky characters and frighteningly realistic suspense. It also provides a startling look at the use of media to manipulate people and governments. I laughed all the way through, but came away with a new perception of media, fake news, and social manipulation, oh and a healthy respect for dangerous, panting, drooling dogs.
Katymelrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What's not to love? Metzger's Dog has so many selling points it's hard to define it, but I'll try. Chinese Gordon is a great antihero. The CIA is comprised of 90% absolute idiots. It has horrible animals you can't help but love. There is a great combination of suspense, humor and romance which makes it hard to predict. Essentially, it has everything a reader could ask for.Overall, it is one of my favorite books, if not my absolute favorite.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I wouldn't read it again. And I wouldn't pick up any more books by this author on the basis of this one. But I wouldn't turn away from another book from Perry just because of this either.The plot is complicated... and told from a chopped up perspective... and sorta political in nature... and there's no butt kicking or sex in it so I don't even know why it was on my reading list.Oh well... it was a change of pace, but... I'm done with that pace for now. Back to the good stuff.
DMOliver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Without question one of my favorite fiction books of all time. Chinese Gordon and his pals should have a series of their own. Of course, he shows up very briefly in "Island", but we want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with colorful characters. A cat with his own dog! Hysterical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads ever (and I read all the time). I miss the original cover, though, which featured a cat with his tail draped over a gun barrel. Metzger is the cat's name.
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