Dog Bites Man: City Shocked: A Novel

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"In Dog Bites Man, novelist James Duffy mixes it up in a lively tale of American politics in which rich movers and shakers, politically correct crusaders and scandal-hungry media types conspire to bring down a New York City mayor. All the hazards of American public life are on display here, in the freshest novel of manners and most outrageous political satire of the year."--BOOK JACKET.
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"In Dog Bites Man, novelist James Duffy mixes it up in a lively tale of American politics in which rich movers and shakers, politically correct crusaders and scandal-hungry media types conspire to bring down a New York City mayor. All the hazards of American public life are on display here, in the freshest novel of manners and most outrageous political satire of the year."--BOOK JACKET.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Retired attorney Duffy author of seven Reuben Frost mystery novels under the pseudonym Haughton Murphy delivers a droll spoof of New York (city and state) political and social pretensions. Running against a Republican so disreputable that even Randilynn Foote, the somewhat shaky incumbent Republican governor, withholds her endorsement, Eldon Hoagland, a political science professor at Columbia, is elected mayor of New York City on the Democratic ticket. After a rather credible first year and a half in office, the highly intoxicated mayor departs a boozy reunion at the Fifth Avenue digs of his old Princeton roomie and is attacked and bitten after stepping on the leg of a pit bull urinating at the curb. His bodyguards shoot the animal as the dog's walker a hunky Albanian with an expired green card flees across Fifth Avenue into the bushes of Central Park. With no witnesses, the mayor decides to keep the incident mum. The dog's socially prominent owner, Sue Nation Brandberg, the mid-50-something Native American widow of a philanthropic billionaire, can't report the shooting to the authorities because of her houseboy lover's illegal status. Sue enlists the aid of the sleazy publisher of a British-owned tabloid newspaper to track down the culprits. When the story breaks, animal rights crusaders and the clergy join the fray. His Honor admits the truth, and all hell breaks loose. The governor, who resents Hoagland her former Columbia professor because he once gave her a B-minus, seizes the opportunity for revenge, only to discover that vengeance can be a two-edged sword. This erudite comedy of errors is the equivalent of Damon Runyon in white tie and tails. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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After hiding behind the pseudonym Haughton Murphy for his seven Reuben Frost whodunits (A Very Venetian Murder, 1992, etc.), Duffy jettisons their weakest link—the whodunit—to produce this rollicking tale of the want-of-a-nail that threatens to bring down a New York mayor. Eldon Hoagland would be nobody's idea of a mayor if only his competition weren't so venal and incompetent. Even so, the white-haired former Columbia polical science prof enjoys a long honeymoon until, on his way out of his Princeton roommate Milford Swansea's apartment, His Honor, drunk as a skunk, accidentally steps on a dog relieving himself near the mayoral vehicle. The dog reacts by biting him; his bodyguards react by shooting the dog and dumping his body into the East River; and the mayor thinks it's all over except for the itching. But this isn't just any dead dog: it's the dearly beloved pet of Sue Nation Brandberg, the formidable Native American philanthropist who'd love to nail the mysterious perps—if only that didn't mean exposing the only witness, her houseboy Genc Serreqi, to the majesty of the INS. Inevitably, the local press gets hold of the story just as Mayor Hoagland's about to be identified as the murderer; and, inevitably, the powers who end up arrayed against the mayor turn out to be more powerful, and more unexpected in their wonderfully unprincipled alliances, than just one self-made heiress and her illegal Albanian bedmate. Aided by a supporting cast of totally fictional miscreants all too familiar to anybody who's ever lived in New York or read a story about it, Duffy has an amusingly catty time savaging the pols, the police, the press, the governor, and the animal-rightslobby. Only a catastrophe that tempers the wind to the unrepentant mayor falls below the general level of effervescence. Until then, though, Duffy keeps Gotham's pot merrily a-bubble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743210829
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/2/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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