Dog Logic

Fiction - Literary
395 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2018
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Author Biography

Tom Strelich was born into a family of professional wrestlers and raised in Bakersfield, California. His plays include BAFO, Dog Logic, and Neon Psalms. Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant for playwrights, Kennedy Center Fund for new American Plays, and the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award. Dog Logic is his first novel and is loosely based on the play -- same setting and characters, but an epically different story.

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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite

Dog Logic by Tom Strelich is rather like life, harrowing in places, funny in others, occasionally uplifting and sometimes unutterably sad. It concerns the life and adventures of Hertell Daggett, the owner-operator of the Li’l Pal Pet Cemetery, who discovers a long-lost secret experiment dating from the Kennedy era buried deep below the graves. Initial confusion, where the local police launch a raid on what they believe to be a drug production facility, is replaced by an increasingly manic scramble by a huge variety of government agencies to become involved. Hertell Daggett was once a top-flight physicist but, after accidentally being shot in the head, his thought processes follow their own independent paths - paths which do not necessarily merge with those of the many officials and organizations which have quite suddenly arrived on his land. When the President of the USA also becomes involved, things quickly start to spiral out of control to produce ever more dangerous, sometimes ludicrous scenarios and leading to an astounding denouement.

Dog Logic has its origins in the play of the same name by Tom Strelich and works very well as a book. The narrative moves at a steady pace introducing little nuggets of information at just the right times to keep one engaged. Hertell is a solid, well-drawn character whom you cannot help but like - you will find yourself siding with him and urging him on as he struggles against the forces of Big Government. Well written by a talented storyteller, this novel will evoke a wide range of emotions, from outright laughter to shock, indignation and everything in between. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope to see more novels from Mr Strelich in the future.

Joe B

Really like the imagination. At several points, I was concerned that it would fall into muddy TV movie type dribble. Fortunately, the author didn't take those shortcuts. The last quarter seemed to drag as I kept expecting a disappointing conclusion and felt I was wading through some filler detail. It did turn out to be a little expected so could have moved a little faster, however, the story had good threads that would tie in throughout the book and had a reasonable decent ending.