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Berkley, Feb 2003, 22.95, 272 pp.
ISBN 0425188388

In her not so distant past, Holly Winter, dog lover and owner of two Alaskan malamutes did something that brought her to the attention of mob boss Enzio Guarini concerning his hated son-in-law. Although she never intended to have anything to do with him again, she is virtually kidnapped by his overzealous employees while walking the dogs. The ride gets off to a bad start when the dogs eat Enzio's cannolis before they are brought to his home where he informs Holly that he wants her to train his new four month old rambunctious puppy.
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Not being an idiot who wants to relocate underground, Holly agrees to train the puppy. One day while Holly and Enzio are working together in a parking lot, one of Guarini's guards is murdered. Holly is instructed to go home and forget about the incident. However that proves difficult when a bomb blows up her car, an FBI agent threatens her and somebody takes a shot at her while she is dining with her policeman buddy. What can one expect in Cambridge?

The DOGFATHER is a hilarious parody of “The Godfather” with Enzio being the right Brando.   Surprisingly, the mobster discovers who the killer is, not the heroine. The female protagonist tries to make the best of an untenable position and at times her actions are extremely funny. Susan Conant always writes an excellent who-done-it but this one is especially good due in large part to Holly's reactions to certain incidents, cannoli anyone?

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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