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Hogdoggin' (Billy Lafitte Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Neil Smith
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Book Description

Former Deputy Billy Lafitte is a no-good, grits-for-brains, despicable and dangerous traitor Special Agent Franklin Rome is sure of it. So sure, in fact, that he's willing to investigate outside departmental bounds. Willing to blackmail and bribe his fellow lawmen into helping him. Willing to ferret Lafitte out of whatever snake-hole he's hidden himself in, and do what the too-lax government wouldn't let him do back in Yellow Medicine county, just months ago...

And Rome's plan is working. Squeeze a man's ex-wife, especially an ex-wife as unstable as Ginny Lafitte, and watch her overprotective man appear from thin air to stand by his family. No matter that Rome s had to bend a few rules in order to make it happen; Billy's end will justify Rome's means.

Of course, Rome didn't count on Billy riding in to save the day on a turquoise motorcycle with a beard, fifty extra pounds of muscle, and the weight of a man named Steel God at his back. Nor did he think Billy would go and get himself caught up with paint-huffing, knife-wielding rednecks. And Rome certainly never predicted that a broken-hearted, vengeful woman named Colleen would be just as hot for Lafitte's blood as he is...

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The squeamish will want to avoid this violence-laden sequel to Smith's Yellow Medicine (2008), in which terrorists framed Billy Lafitte, a former Minnesota deputy, for some gruesome murders. Now in South Dakota, Lafitte is serving as sergeant at arms for Steel God, the ruler of a biker gang whose control over his clan is coming under challenge as his health declines. After Lafitte gets an emergency message to return home, he crosses paths with the FBI agent he once assaulted, Franklin Rome, who's plotting revenge against him. Most of the action concerns the efforts of Rome, aided by his assistant, Joshua McKeown, to catch up with Lafitte, who accumulates additional enemies along the way. The book's brutality is exemplified by the blood sport that provides the title, which matches vicious dogs like rottweilers against helpless pigs. Fans of darkest noir will be most satisfied. (June)
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Dodging federal arrest warrants and his old nemesis (special FBI agent Franklin Rome), ex–rogue cop Billy Lafitte—introduced in Smith’s Yellow Medicine (2008)—abandons his job as enforcer for a motorcycle gang and rumbles back to Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota. Rome is squeezing Lafitte’s suicidal wife to lure him home, planning his own unauthorized revenge play. Lafitte thinks he’s riding his turquoise-blue chopper to the rescue, but violence and destruction follow in his wake. Smith’s version of Minnesota is no Lake Wobegon; the inhabitants are refreshingly made up entirely of the deranged, the damaged, and the doomed. If you can picture the intellectual and physical mayhem that might have resulted from a Jim Thompson and Harry Crews collaboration, you’d be on the right track. But Anthony Neil Smith is his own writer—and a very fine one, indeed. --Elliott Swanson

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I read the first book Yellow Medicine in two sittings. Following Billy Lafitte, a disgruntled police officer. Who was judged for his bad deeds down South and moved North. Created even more bad deeds.

But when I got Hogdoggin' in the mail I was blown away. Billy is now part of a motorcycle gang led by Steel God. Hiding out from Rome, a rogue FBI agent from Yellow Medicine who wants Billy's blood. I won't spoil this. Just buy the damn book. Try to put it down. It's a well written adrenaline-fueled-noir/hardboiled masterpiece. A page turner. I think we've found our new Jim Thompson with a touch of Hunter S. Thompson.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Anthony Neil Smith returns with a blood thirsty, intensely satisfying follow up to his third novel, Yellow Medicine. For fans of Smith, his fourth novel Hogdoggin' is a welcome return to a group of memorable characters--particularly shamed crooked cop Billy Lafitte and the obsessive Federal Agent Franklin Rome--and settings that we wished Smith could have explored further with the first book, and for first time readers, Hogdoggin' provides a solid introduction to Smith's unique, hard charging prose style.

The action picks up 9 months after the explosive events of Yellow Medicine and we find former cop Billy Lafitte stripped of his police shield and branded as a terrorist and now living underground with an outlaw biker club known as the Steel Army. Lafitte is second-in-command of the club (Under the enigmatic and cancer ridden leader, Steel God.)and is preparing to take over the gang at any minute. (either by force or by Steel God succumbing to his long term, untreated illness.)Lafitte is haunted by the events at the end of Yellow Medicine, particularly the death of friend and sometime lover, Drew, and his inability to have a part in the lives of his two young children.

Lafitte has just taken part in a "trial" and execution of the Steel Army's former Sargent-at-Arms, Red Gator, when he receives a call from a secretly stashed cell phone letting him know that he has to return to Yellow Medicine county and that Federal Agent Franklin Rome has been harassing Lafitte's ex-wife in an attempt to draw Lafitte out of hiding.
And as expected, Lafitte leaves the Steel Army and sets out to vainly try to protect his family.

Needless to say, it's all down hill from there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hogdoggin' - Pitch Perfect Literary Noir July 6, 2009
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Anthony Neil Smith's YELLOW MEDICINE was one of my favorite novels of 2008 and with HOGDOGGIN' he has surpassed all expectations. The return of Billy Lafitte is a welcome one, and that's coming from a guy who really isn't too big on sequels or recurring characters.

Our man Lafitte is now a fugitive and working off the grid with some sordid and nasty types with names like Red Gator and Steel God. Federal Agent Rome is back, too, and he has a burning obsession to take down Lafitte that knows no bounds. And he has a plan to bring Billy back on the radar...

All of which is just scratching the surface of what Smith has going on with HOGDOGGIN' because with the new novel Smith has put down the literary machete of his earlier novels and is now wielding a straight razor. He jabs, slices, and opens a series of big, wet wounds without flinching. He's got the noir sensibilities down, and this is a top shelf novel of crime and will more than satisfy any reader of the genre, but it's also a solid piece of literary work, direct kin of writers like Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews, Larry Brown, and Daniel Woodrell.

Which isn't to say he's aping any of those folks. Rather, he has a voice that, even as it brings the work of those fine writers to mind, hits square and hard simultaneously upside the head, straight to the gut and, ultimately, the heart.

Enough from me. Buy HOGDOGGIN', read it, and spread the good word on this outstanding novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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A whole stack of nasty characters are set to collide. They are obsessed, they are dark, they are capable of extreme violence and their missions all overlap. Rogue cop on the run, Billy Lafitte (last seen in the excellent YELLOW MEDICINE), returns here, roided up, biker-affiliated and ready for the inevitable confrontation with FBI agent Rome, a man hellbent on bringing him down. The animosity between the two may be the spine of the book, but HOGDOGGIN' is very much an ensemble piece and there are plenty more characters waiting for their cue to enter. HOGDOGGIN' is Smith's noir answer to THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. With bikers, steroids, and...well, that would be telling. Just buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love With Smith's Deeply Scary People July 3, 2009
I'm not sure what it says about me that I love Billy Lafitte, ex-cop, 'roid rager, off-the-grid fugitive with anger management issues. But, damn, I do. And I love Smith's harrowing, twisted, treacherous tale of misplaced love and revenge. If you're in the hunt for a wild ride, you've found it. And even if you're not, live a little. Grab hold of this book and hang the hell on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothin but the dirties! June 1, 2009
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THere's nothing kind here in this, the second, Billy Lafitte novel from Anthony Neil Smith. Yes, our favorite gone-rogue cop is still riding out his crazy transplant to Minnesota and going --literally-- hog wild all over the northern parts of the US.
If you like your crime fiction dark as pitch and your hard-boiled burned through the shell, then Hogdoggin' is a must read for you to get into your hands. Smith spares no details and shows no fear as he gives us nothing but the dirtiest dirties in this awesome book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Hogdoggin? I dont think so...
Great characters. Good plot. Misleading title, should be called "sex lives of cops and bikers". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ty hartis
2.0 out of 5 stars save your time
A continuation of an earlier book. Low life characters, no redeeming features. We spend too much time in their heads. A good writer in need of an editor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars set aside 24 hours
Because once you start this book, it's gonna grab you, commandeer your thoughts till you get to the end.
Page turner? More like this book's world becomes yours. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Doub51
1.0 out of 5 stars really bad fiction, avoid reading it.
This was really bad writing. The characters were unrealistic, the plot was silly, it's obvious the author has never been on a motorcycle, and it was full of bad cliches.
Published 14 months ago by J.
4.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoyed the Entire Series
The Billy Lafitte series wasn't what I expected, but they were enjoyable reading. Although this book gives some background information, my advise is to begin with the first of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Xamayka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really great! My favorite of the billy lafitte stories- which are all badass so there you go! When it's over go straight to "the baddest ass" so you won't get all... Read more
Published 16 months ago by matt taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars way better than the first
book in the series. Characters are getting fleshed out, the story line is crazy and fast paced and the mix of elements is interesting and way more realistic than on the first... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bordeaux Dogue
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old One-Two
Anthony Neil Smith can write the birds out of the trees. Billy Lafitte is kind of an unpleasant character though. Stupid and hard to identify with. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars More Billy, more!
Adored Yellow Medicine but Hogdoggin' scared the he** out of me, in a delicious way. An Ellroy comparison is totally on target--but the prose is more lyrical. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Laura Benedict
2.0 out of 5 stars More like 2 and half stars
A decent follow up but just not up to the quality of the first. The voice of the narrative was just off with too many things going on that really didn't fit with the overall plot,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Josh Hitch
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More About the Author

I write crime novels. PSYCHOSOMATIC, THE DRUMMER, plus the Billy Lafitte series--YELLOW MEDICINE, HOGDOGGIN', and THE BADDEST ASS--and the Mustafa & Adem series--ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS and ONCE A WARRIOR.

My latest novel, WORM, was published in January 2015.

My e-original CHOKE ON YOUR LIES was published in January 2011.

My entry in Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin's DEAD MAN series, COLDER THAN HELL, was published by 47North in January, '13.

I'm the Chair of the English Department at Southwest Minnesota State University.

I like tacos. I like red wine. Usually cheap red wine.

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