When widower Larry MacCabe adopts a basset hound, he has no idea how quickly life is going to spin out of control.
A retired academic, widower, and, until a chance meeting with Ms Parker, the administrator of a care home he no longer is allowed to visit, Larry MacCabe is also without associates. At Ms Parker's suggestion, he adopts a Bassett Hound and joins Ms Parker and her friends at Georgetown’s Volta Park one Saturday. He becomes a regular visitor and, for the first time in his life, the member of a gang whose affiliates number a waterfall tuner, an overweight museum attendant, an ex-tank commander and a woman defined by her birth at the centre of the United States.
As the Dog People prepare for the annual Blessing of the Animals service on the Feast Day of St Francis, Larry puts the finishing touches to his paper on the Desert Land Act of 1877 and arranges for Wayne Trout, a challenged young man he’s met and befriended in the park, to house-sit while he delivers his paper in Jerusalem. Neither the service nor his visit to Israel go to plan, and on his return Larry is charged with conspiring to blow up a church and complicity in the deaths of four people.
All that stands between him and conviction is a personal injury lawyer called Osmo McNulty – and things for Larry aren’t looking good.
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'Highly recommended if you are looking for something a little different! 'Books and Me
'There is a good mix of drama, crime, politics and humour which make it quite a unique read.'BibliomaniacUK
was born and grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, gained a Master’s degree in American Studies and travelled to Afghanistan. He worked in a foundry, as a bus conductor, trained as an accountant and then, when the opportunity to return to academia arose, he left for Mississippi, returning four years later with a doctorate in 20th Century US History. With American History university departments either closing or contracting, he opted for a career in academic publishing. He now lives in the North of England, drives a car and owns a television set. And that, in his own words, is 'about it'.