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Diamond Dogs

Watt, Alan

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ISBN 10: 0316925810 / ISBN 13: 9780316925815
Edité par Little, Brown, 2000
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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First Edition (first US printing). The first novel by this author and filmmaker, the story of a son and his abusive father -- who covers up an accidentally-committed crime. Fine/Fine. Signed by Watt on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 2968

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Titre : Diamond Dogs

Éditeur : Little, Brown

Date d'édition : 2000

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Synopsis :

Seventeenyearold Neil Garvin lives in a small town outside Las Vegas. Abandoned by his mother when he was three, he blames his abusive fatherthe local sherifffor driving her away. Neil is good-looking, popular, the quarterback of the high school football teamand as cruel to his peers as his father is to him. He plans to get out of town on his million dollar arm, until the night he accidentally commits a terrible crime, and his father, unasked, covers up for him. As the FBI arrives and begins to close in, Neil and his father become locked in a confrontation that will break them apartand set them free. From My So-Called Life to Freaks and Geeks to American Pie the North American teenager and jock culture have been the subject of highly successful entertainment.

Review:

Penzler Pick, October 2000: This disturbing first novel, set in Nevada, is the story of Neil Garvin, a high school football star who, in his own words, tells us of the night at Fred Billings's house when he drank more beer than he can remember.

Drinking beer is what high school jocks do, and for Neil, it also drives away the anger he feels at his father, at his life, and at the fact that his mother left them when Neil was a baby. Neil blames his distant and abusive father for driving her away. A charming man to those who don't know him, Neil's father spends his leisure time drinking Midori and listening to Neil Diamond, after whom he has named his son. (The scene where Neil's father takes him to Las Vegas for a Neil Diamond concert is a memorable one in a book filled with great scenes.)

Driving home from Fred's house in his father's car, Neil hits and kills a boy who is walking home from the party. Drunk and disoriented, Neil stuffs the body in the trunk, drives home, and passes out. When the body disappears from the trunk, Neil knows his father has found the body and hidden it, although not a word about this passes between them. Since Neil's father is the sheriff of the town, he is called in by the dead boy's family to find their missing son.

The investigation is seen through Neil's eyes as he squirms through his father's seeming inability to find any clues about the missing boy and his own growing closeness to the boy's family, especially his sister, who see Neil and his father as friends and allies. He also watches as his father battles with the FBI (the dead boy's uncle is an agent) over jurisdiction of the case.

While it is difficult to feel sorry for Neil as the net slowly closes around him, and his fear of being caught turns to self-loathing, the reader knows exactly what happened and feels like a participant. It is an uncomfortable feeling for the reader and a difficult mood for the author to maintain, but Alan Watt manages to pull it off without a hitch. --Otto Penzler

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