Philip Reed's Edgar-nominated debut novel. Meet Harold Dodge, pushing fifty and carrying some extra pounds. He is a good man, but in a less-than-perfect world - that is, L.A. - good men sometimes have to do bad things. As an ex-used car salesman, Harold knows all the tricks of car dealers and he has always had a weakness for beautiful women. So when his colleague Marianna Perado, a black-haired beauty with killer legs, asks him to help her get her trade-in back from a low-life car dealer, Harold just can't say no. But when Marianna decides to unwind the deal herself, without telling Harold, things get complicated, and he is all of a sudden up to his ears in dangerous deals and scams, involving ruthless repo men, fast-talking car salesmen, the FBI and a body in the trunk... Bird Dog is a wild ride through the dark alleys of L.A. in the vein of Charles Willeford and Elmore Leonard.… (more)
El Jefe and his crew were selling two cars a minute at the LA Auto Auction when Harold looked up and saw her coming toward him, knifing her way through the crowd, her eyes dark with anger.
Moments later, she set the bottle and a glass next to him, then disappeared, leaving the house quiet and Marianna drowsy against him. As he enjoyed the last few rays of sunlight he took a swallow of beer. Yes, it was true what they said: It even tasted great when it was warm.