Troubador Dirty Dogs

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781800463776

eISBN: 9781800466500

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Dirty Dogs


Terry has a lot to lose. A good job, a gorgeous wife, Becca, and a 19-year-old daughter, with a baby of her own. But when he is plunged into financial crisis by his brother Jonny, he urgently needs to find a large sum of money to avoid ruin.

One of Terry’s drinking buddies, who owns the local tattoo shop, drunkenly reminisces about his youth on the “dog-fight” scene in Glasgow. Equipped with only his wits, the most unpleasant associates, and a family who are a fast-moving comic calamity, Terry attempts to steal a number of fighting dogs from a police compound, where they are waiting to be destroyed: training them, and ultimately taking them out on the seamy dog-fight circuit with disastrous consequences.

Meanwhile, Terry’s “alternative” sister, Tasmin, discovers that her Tunisian holiday husband has secretly been sending her savings back home to his family, and Mercedes, Terry’s daughter, having had her pole-dancing accident go “viral” on YouTube, seeks to pursue exotic-dancing fame and fortune with her perma-tanned chums – down the local pub.

Set in the exotic locations of Peckham, Newcastle and Milton Keynes these are worlds that really exist in the shadows.

Stephen Parkes creates a very vivid comic dystopia which is completely believable and contemporary. He manages to get the reader to root for Terry, the novel's hapless anti-hero, despite the dodgy dealings he gets drawn into against his better judgement. Situations and relationships are wittily exaggerated for comic effect, and the narrative pace is maintained right to the end. The characters are colourful, and their mishaps are laugh-out-loud. The scenario is not for the faint-hearted, but this book is one of the most genuinely entertaining I've read this year.

by Lindsay Fursland

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