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Dog in the dark
Hammond, Gerald, 1926-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
191 pages ; 22 cm
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Author Notes

Gerald Hammond was born in 1926. He was an architect for thirty years before retiring in 1982. He has written over thirty mystery novels and is the creator of John Cunningham, dog breeder in Scotland, and Keith Calder, gunsmith. He also writes under the pseudonyms Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This new series from the author of the Keith Calder mysteries substitutes dog-training lore for gun-hobbyist trivia. Invalided out of the British army, John Cunningham sets up shop as a gun-dog trainer, specializing in spaniels, in the Fife region of Scotland. He soon inherits two loyal helpers, one a young local girl, the other a little older, married, given to bouts with the bottle and the occasional sexual advance (to which Cunningham succumbs). John also finds himself saddled with an odious collection of new neighbors--a mean-spirited farmer and two interfering old biddies. Soon one biddy is dead, and John is asked to account for his whereabouts by the local bobbies. These characters aren't half as jolly as the eccentrics who populate the Calder series, and Cunningham is a considerably more flawed hero than the unequivocally likable Calder. But that is as it should be in a tale considerably darker than any of the earlier books. All in all, Cunningham and his spaniels make a fine change of pace from Calder and his guns. --Peter Robertson

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