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Diamond Dogs: A Post Modern Thriller (SIGNED)

Watt, Alan

ISBN 10: 0715630121 / ISBN 13: 9780715630129
Published by Duck Editions, London, 2000
Condition: As New Soft cover
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SIGNED on title page by Alan Watt. Bound in original illustrated french wraps as issued. Tight, clean and crisp. The book appears unread and looks New. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. An excellent copy of the True First Edition. ; Duck Editions; 8vo; 199 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 11473

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Title: Diamond Dogs: A Post Modern Thriller (SIGNED...

Publisher: Duck Editions, London

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Named after David Bowie's celebrated seventies album, itself influenced by William Burrough's 'cut-up' writing method, this novel is both a thriller and an unconventional love story. Set against the glitter of Las Vegas and the isolation of Nevada, "Diamond Dogs" is a portrayal of a father and son, whose distant relationship is haunted by the past, and virtually unspoken. A local murder enquiry in which the son is questioned, a cover-up by his father, Chief of Police, and an outsider intent on discovering the truth, sets an edgy, taut pace to this page-turner. As the invstigation slowly closes in, the son anxiously questions his father's motives and his own sanity; a showdown exposes the truth, with cataclysmic consequences.

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Penzler Pick, October 2000: This disturbing first novel, set in Nevada, is the story of Neil Garvin, a high school football star who, in his own words, tells us of the night at Fred Billings's house when he drank more beer than he can remember.

Drinking beer is what high school jocks do, and for Neil, it also drives away the anger he feels at his father, at his life, and at the fact that his mother left them when Neil was a baby. Neil blames his distant and abusive father for driving her away. A charming man to those who don't know him, Neil's father spends his leisure time drinking Midori and listening to Neil Diamond, after whom he has named his son. (The scene where Neil's father takes him to Las Vegas for a Neil Diamond concert is a memorable one in a book filled with great scenes.)

Driving home from Fred's house in his father's car, Neil hits and kills a boy who is walking home from the party. Drunk and disoriented, Neil stuffs the body in the trunk, drives home, and passes out. When the body disappears from the trunk, Neil knows his father has found the body and hidden it, although not a word about this passes between them. Since Neil's father is the sheriff of the town, he is called in by the dead boy's family to find their missing son.

The investigation is seen through Neil's eyes as he squirms through his father's seeming inability to find any clues about the missing boy and his own growing closeness to the boy's family, especially his sister, who see Neil and his father as friends and allies. He also watches as his father battles with the FBI (the dead boy's uncle is an agent) over jurisdiction of the case.

While it is difficult to feel sorry for Neil as the net slowly closes around him, and his fear of being caught turns to self-loathing, the reader knows exactly what happened and feels like a participant. It is an uncomfortable feeling for the reader and a difficult mood for the author to maintain, but Alan Watt manages to pull it off without a hitch. --Otto Penzler

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