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Sleeping Dog: A Serendipity Dahlquist & Leo Bloodworth Mystery #2019

Sleeping Dog: A Serendipity Dahlquist & Leo Bloodworth Mystery By Dick Lochte Sleeping Dog A Serendipity Dahlquist Leo Bloodworth Mystery First Holmes and Watson then Nero and Archie Now Leo and Serendipity two detectives two narrative voices twice as much sleuthing and double the fun First imagine Katherine Hepburn at fourteen Nex
  • Title: Sleeping Dog: A Serendipity Dahlquist & Leo Bloodworth Mystery
  • Author: Dick Lochte
  • ISBN: 9781890208516
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sleeping Dog: A Serendipity Dahlquist & Leo Bloodworth Mystery By Dick Lochte First Holmes and Watson, then Nero and Archie, Now Leo and Serendipity two detectives, two narrative voices, twice as much sleuthing and double the fun.First, imagine Katherine Hepburn at fourteen Next, in your mind s eye, replay Humphrey Bogart, at his middle aged best, as Sam Spade Now picture this oddest of couples as the newest duo in detective fiction and you ll haFirst Holmes and Watson, then Nero and Archie, Now Leo and Serendipity two detectives, two narrative voices, twice as much sleuthing and double the fun.First, imagine Katherine Hepburn at fourteen Next, in your mind s eye, replay Humphrey Bogart, at his middle aged best, as Sam Spade Now picture this oddest of couples as the newest duo in detective fiction and you ll have a perfect portrait of the memorable leads in Sleeping Dog Los Angeles Times Book ReviewOriginally published in 1985 by Arbor House 0 87795 738 X and by Warner in pbk 0 446 32661 5, Sleeping Dog won the Nero Wolfe Award and was nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Anthony Awards In 1999, the Independent Mystery Booksellers s Association named it one of their 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century Poisoned Pen Press will republish the sequel, Laughing Dog, later this year.
    Sleeping Dog: A Serendipity Dahlquist & Leo Bloodworth Mystery By Dick Lochte
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    1. Dick Lochte

      Dick Lochte, author of the noir thriller Blues in the Night and co author with The Today Show s Al Roker of the comedy mysteries featuring restaurateur Billy Blessing The Talk Show Murders , began his career as a novelist with the publication of the award winning mystery, Sleeping Dog.As a journalist, Lochte has written for numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Playboy, TV Guide, Chicago Tribune and Salon He has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times for a number of years, most recently as a reviewer of crime fiction He has also served as a contributing editor and theatre critic for Los Angeles magazine, receiving an Ovation Award from the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, the only critic so honoured.He has also written film scripts for such actors as David Niven, Roger Moore, Martin Sheen and Jodie Foster.Lochte, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, now lives with his wife and son in Southern California.

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    1. Precocious doesn t begin to describe fourteen and a half year old Serendipity Dahlquist who s wise well beyond her years Neither of her parents is in the picture and so Serendipity, or Sarah, lives in L.A with her grandmother, a famous day time television soap opera star Sarah s treasured companion is her dog, Groucho, a bullterrier that was a gift from Sarah s late father thirteen years earlier, before he went off to meet his fate in the Vietnam War.Sarah is devastated when she returns home one [...]


    2. Meet one of the most offbeat detective teams you ll ever meet a sharp 14 year old girl looking for her missing dog and a world weary LA former cop turned private eye as they try to unravel a string of knife and garroting killings up and down California killings that seem to follow them wherever they go.Along the way, they run into organized dog fights the girl s mom who abandoned her years ago and left her in care of her soap actress grandmother the local mafia violent, but dumb, detectives LA t [...]


    3. Excellent book I am so glad I found it I had read one of the author s short stories in The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries and the blurb about the author enticed me to read his first novel I look forward to the other novels in the series I liked the stucture of the book in the way that Leo and Serendipity alternated narrating the chapters It provided their differences in the perspective of the events that occurred A thoroughly satisfying read.


    4. What I liked best about this bookI loved the characters I could picture every one of them in my mind they are so real Serendipity a typical 14 year old, going on 20 something She is the most adorable pain in the butt child and as sharp as a knife Leo Bloodworth a middle aged bumbling P.I is no fool Grandma an actress in a soap, Edith Van Dine, a great lady with sense of drama around her And of course the cast of many others in this plot Cleverly narrated through the points of view of the kid, an [...]


    5. The success of self publishing meant that books no longer have an expiration date Authors have a chance of rescuing their out of print books and giving them a chance to find a new audience But should they In the case of Dick Lochte s Sleeping Dog Brash Books , the answer is definitely yes The slightly skewed story of a world weary Los Angeles P.I helping a precocious girl find her missing dog reads as fresh as when it was released in 1985 In the pantheon of L.A detectives, put Leo Bloodworth dow [...]


    6. Sleeping Dog, a crime novel first published in the 80 s, introduces a precocious and persistent teen, a jaded detective who disdains kids in general, and tells how they become an effective crime fighting team in spite of the awkwardness and miscommunication that ensues when they meet Author Dick Lochte uses the Same Story Separate Perspectives technique to tell the whole story as it unfolds.Serendipity Renn Dahlquist lives with her grandmother, a key cast member of a popular soap opera Her dad i [...]


    7. Serendipity Dahlquist, who earned her name at birth in the late 60s, opens this story as a fourteen year old in the early 80s Her dog, the one given her as an infant by the father who perished in Vietnam, is missing At the suggestion of a Los Angeles police officer whom Serendipity thinks is not giving the problem due attention, she turns to detective Leo Bloodworth, whose office is in a seedy area, and Leo and Serendipity meet when a thug assaults Leo upon his getting to the office where Serend [...]


    8. I think dogfighting is so barbaric that I nearly quit reading SLEEPING DOG by Dick Lochte But, the story was so good it kept me going instead, the volume of my daily reading reduced drastically.There s a very old fashioned feel to the story I kept expecting Humphrey Bogart to appear The good guys are repeatedly attacked and beaten up, for what seems like slight reason And there are plenty of horrible deaths.Not my kind of story, you would say.The ingeniousness of SLEEPING DOG comes from the two [...]


    9. Hilarious mystery featuring a unique odd couple of protagonistsLeo and Serendipity are marvelously original characters involved in a very complicated mystery perhaps a bit too complicatedbut the characters are so interesting that the plot barely matters.


    10. I did not the subject matter A 14 year old girl should not be exposed to such violence and immorality It is supposed to be humorous but I found it disgusting.


    11. What I liked best about this bookI loved the characters I could picture every one of them in my mind they are so real Serendipity a typical 14 year old, going on 20 something She is the most adorable pain in the butt child and as sharp as a knife Leo Bloodworth a middle aged bumbling P.I is no fool Grandma an actress in a soap, Edith Van Dine, a great lady with sense of drama around her And of course the cast of many others in this plot Cleverly narrated through the points of view of the kid, an [...]


    12. My initial impression of this book was very mixed as the chapters are written in different voices often giving differing viewpoints of the same situation or incident But around 4 or 5 chapters in, the book really clicked and the different voices gelled into one story for me and I started to understand the voices and their views on life.The dog of the title doesn t sleep as much as be a background to the story, so the title doesn t really tell you much about the book, but the dog certainly does c [...]


    13. More twists and turns than a drive along the Mohawk Trail With a precocious teenager displaying the wit and subtle sarcasm of a seasoned stand up comic This whodunit thriller leads the reader through big cities and rural villages in quest for who Even they do not know who they are chasing but during the entire chase they are being chased, and they do not know who is chasing them Sound like a dog chasing his tail As the author explains in the end notes this is a book written some few years ago an [...]


    14. Fourteen year old Serendipity Dahlquist wants to ask middle aged LA private eye Leo Bloodworth to find her stolen dog and happens to arrive at his office just in time to see some suspicious characters leaving It turns out they ve left Bloodworth s officemate dead.Refusing to be given the brushoff, she instead teams up with Leo to solve her case and the partner s murder, with help from those two classic sources a friend in the police department and a reporter Along the way, she saves his life.The [...]


    15. Flavia de Luce move over Dick Lochte s lively neo noir novel from the 80 s features a rugged middle aged private eye that inadvertently teams up with a precocious teenager who adds both spice and complexity to his attempts to find her missing dog and resolve his office mate s murder.I loved every minute of this fast paced mystery, and for me it read like The Odd Couple, or a buddy story The unlikely pairing was both tender and funny and their head butting never grew tired for me.The story itsel [...]


    16. Most of you would probably rate this novel a three I really enjoyed this unusual detective story written in 1985 and alternately told by a precocious 14 year old girl and a seemingly he was really pretty sharp but he had human foibles bumbling private detective I especially loved the gutsy, calls it like it is girl The story takes place in various parts of CA so Californians might especially enjoy visiting Weed, LA and other places in between The story is totally creative and seems unreal, thoug [...]


    17. This is a very well written book, written from both perspectives of the two lead characters, which I found particularly interesting seeing the same scene from two vastly different viewpoints I really liked the way the author uses his characters to give different viewpoints even on issues as controversial as dog fighting such as a maligned friend s come back Its a mix of hilarious and sweet, and Serendipity is an amazing character Definitely recommend this mystery and comedy.


    18. Not bad, but the dogfighting aspect while not gone into in great detail nor too much of the book was ugly and unpleasant It didn t rise to a condemnation or expose, however The girl s reaction to the death of her pet was oddly complacent, and it didn t make a lot of sense, given the relationship to the girl, for the dog to be killed The coincidences and the likelihood that the scam would be realized and carried out so long stretch the bounds of belief.


    19. Fun, first rate mystery with two great characters and a neat narrative twist The story is told alternately by Leo Bloodworth,a heavyset, bumbling middleaged detective and a teenage girl named Serendipity the two are allies in a fight with organized crime and are in many scenes together, which are told alternately from both points of view It is an interesting way to unfold a mystery and I like the book a lot.


    20. A brilliant interaction between a young teen and a middle aged cynic continues through murders, kidnapping, strange encounters, and a suspense that stays right up to the end This book is about damaged people and their world Its beauty lies in the way characters are portrayed and the humanity of everyone involved Descriptions are at a minimum, but provide all that is needed for an exciting and entertaining read I read it in one day because I was not able to put it down once I began reading.


    21. Dogs don t lie, Orangemen do.I read this mystery many years ago and then here on Kindle as an antidote to the 2016 election My reactions are that the author is very good at portraying the remarkable relation ship of a savvy preteen and harried detective so well that I did not know the villains till the very end Parental neglect is not portrayed with a heavy hand And the denouement is clever I have other books in this series to read.


    22. Full disclosure I got a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.The book is fun to read Told from two points of view in alternating chapters, it s a mystery of a disappeared dog that turns into a multiple murder mystery Serendipity is a precocious high school freshman and Bloodworth is a private detective in his late forties.


    23. I am a big Dick Lochte fan I have read a couple of his books but this one I enjoyed the most Wonderful story written at times by the hard bitten PI and sometimes by the precocious teenager A wonderful sense of humour is evident throughout Some of the pejoratives I am sure would not be used today but this story was written in 1985.


    24. Re read of a favorite from 30 years ago Fourteen year old Serendipity hire PI Leo Bloodworth to find her missing dog The conceit is that each has written a book about their adventures and submitted the books to the same publisher The published book alternates point of view between the two.This is a good L.A based private eye book with good action and interesting characters.


    25. I picked this up on the street for 1 knowing nothing about Dick Lochte, based on the glowing blurbs on the cover referencing Ross Macdonald, Hammett Chandler I wasn t expecting much, but was quickly won over by Lochte s remarkably inventive and winning style It s been a long time since I devoured a book so quickly this is a page turner Highly recommended.


    26. While the plot was a bit convoluted and somewhat darker than I expected the lead characters a fourteen year old girl and a veteran PI made this a real page turner I especially enjoyed the alternating narration by chapter employed by the author.


    27. This would have been a solid 3 stars if homophobia hadn t reared its ugly, backward head a couple too many times Maybe the author was trying to show that the narrators are fallible, but they became a little too fallible for me.


    28. Fun, amusing, raucous and sassy This book doesn t require you to do much else other than pay attention to the action It s a murder mystery of sorts but it s also light amusement Yes, that s an odd combination but then that s why I stuck with this til the very end.



    29. Fun crime novel with two narrators a stereotypical, hard nosed PI and 14 year old girl Won a bunch of prizes in the mid 80s now it s back in a reprint edition


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