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Dog Eat Dog by William Styron,Edward Bunker

Dog Eat Dog
Title:
Dog Eat Dog
Author:
William Styron,Edward Bunker
ISBN:
0312143141
ISBN13:
978-0312143145
Size fb2:
1954 kb
Size epub:
1752 kb
Publisher:
St. Martins Press; 1st edition (August 1, 1996)
Language:
English
Pages:
240 pages
Other formats:
lit txt lrf docx
Rating:
4.9
Votes:
314
Category:
Literature & Fiction
Subcategory:
United States
Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way.Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within that simply lead him from the situation to the next.One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.
  • Zainian
From the minute I picked this up, I could not put it down. Awesome, Authentic, and Powerful, it was a fast paced smash to the face.
R.I.P., Edward Bunker.

Honestly, I wish Mr. Bunker was still around so he could read my own novel, For Blood And Loyalty, that this one, Dog Eat Dog was an influence upon. I really, really liked it.

For Blood And Loyalty
  • SkroN
I am a big Edward Bunker fan. Dog eat dog has a great plot, one ive never seen before. I love how easy this book was to read and how hard it was to put down. He really does know how to keep you reading with surprising twists. The reason I rated 4 stars was because of the ending. It felt rushed in a way and it didn't completely wrap everything up. Not my favorite book by this author but it was good none the less. Read LITTLE BOY BLUE if you have the chance. Its one of the best books I have EVER read! That book is what got me to read all of his other books. CHECK IT OUT!
  • Haracetys
That ex-con Edward Bunker clearly has his following is indisputable, but leave me out of the "Dog Eat Dog" pack. I'll give credit to Bunker for some originality: rare is the novel that casts the bad guys as heroes. And if writing a novel with neither a plot nor an ending is original, then score points for that also. But setting that aside, one wonders exactly what the author was trying to accomplish as he chronicles the meanderings of three life-long criminals up and down the California coast.

Bunker's fractured odyssey starts out with teenagers Troy Cameron, Gerald "Mad Dog" McCain, and Charlie "Diesel" Carson in reform school, establishing roots in their chosen profession of crime. The story picks up again years later, a few days before Troy, the brains of the operation, is about to be paroled from San Quinton. Troy, unrepentant to the core, gathers the gang and shows his genius by coming up with the brilliant idea of - drum roll - robbing drug dealers! The reader is supposed to believe that this is some breakthrough in the history of vice - that we've all just emerged from caves and have never heard of drug lords, drug wars, street gangs, and the rest of the subterfuge that runs with the drug trade. Ever the mastermind, Troy determines a failsafe strategy - he'll track the target's movements ahead of time, thereby knowing exactly where and when to strike! Regrettably, Bunker renders dialogue as mind-numbing as the non-story, and can't seem to figure out whether he wants us to like, feel sorry for, or despise his three stooges of crime.

But even this could be passable were it not for Bunker's feeble attempt at making excuses for his thugs, who he casts as the victims - victims of parental neglect and jack-booted oppression under the guise of "three strike" laws - for in Bunker's world, the bad guys are misunderstood and the cops are sadists. Banal where it should have been brutal and simply silly instead of sobering, "Dog Eat Dog" feels like an answer to a question no body cared to ask. Skip this one and try Charlie Huston for bona fide grit tautly told.
  • Dainris
One of Bunkers best.
  • Rolling Flipper
An excellent novel depicting the disfunctional life style of the convict. Also highly recommended "In the hat" by Dannie Martin. Edward Bunker and Dannie Martin are two of the most realistic writers of the CDC life style.
  • Fordregelv
Great book,great author. Learn about Bunker he lived this life. The author is as fascinating as many of his characters.His characters are fascinating because they are apart of him or someone he knows in this dangerous world.
R.I.P. Bunker.
  • Fohuginn
My son loves this series. He is in prison and gets a connection with the Edward Bunker books
Great view of crime and criminals from "the other side of the fence". Bunker did the crimes and did the time and writes beautifully about both.