The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Short Review of Don’t Look Down, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Jennifer Crusie is a hoot — I love her books, which are snarky, clever romances. And while I read across many genres, I don’t read that many romances. But I’ll never pass up anything with Crusie’s name on it. Bob Mayer, on the other hand, is new to me. He is a former Green Beret who appears to write thrillers. So the collaboration was a bit puzzling at first. But it works — boy, does it work! I want these two to write together forever. They’re like Carl Hiasson-lite, only better.

As for the animals … Crusie often has her heroines adopt ugly mutts that no one else wants. Not this time, however. Although Lucy Armstrong directs dog food commercials for a living, we don’t actually see any pets. Instead, we see an alligator named Moot patrolling her territory. Moot does okay for herself, we’ll leave it at that. However, as recounted in 2 sentences, one of the several bad guys shoots a wild pig for no good reason. Poor pitiful pig aside, I am declaring this book Safe for animal lovers. As for the people, see the first comment below.


January 29, 2008 - Posted by | Book Reviews | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Instead of an animal in peril, there are people in peril. Lots of people in peril. There are an awful lot of characters in this book, and I’m not sure any of them make it from beginning to end without encountering some danger. Crusie does this on her own, but Mayer seems to have really amped it up (this must be what thriller authors do).

    Comment by esheley | January 29, 2008 | Reply

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