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Lost Dog Paperback – April 8, 2007
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"LOST DOG is a heart-stopping, tightly-woven debut by a remarkable new crime-fiction writer." -- Anne Frasier, USA Today Bestselling author of HUSH, PLAY DEAD, and PALE IMMORTAL
"Lost Dog is an excellent debut filled with suspense, surprises, and memorable characters. I predict we'll be hearing more from the talented Bill Cameron." -- Alafair Burke, author of Dead Connection
About the Author
Bill Cameron lives with his wife in Portland, OR. His short stories have appeared in The Dunes Review and The Alsop Review. This is his first novel.
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It goes to show how much I liked this book that I would give it 5 stars with so many errors. Any other story would only get 3. Let's hope it is corrected and a new version will become available.
Lost Dog is full of deeply drawn and sympathetic characters. There's not a cardboard one in the bunch. And as other reviewers have said here, even the killer, as demented as he is, is seen as tragic and sympathetic.
Bravo to Bill Cameron for creating such a readable and compelling book.
Robert Fate, author of Baby Shark
The book begins with a murder told from the point of view of the insane killer. I did not care for the scene, but it kept me reading. Then Peter, the kleptomaniac and the book's main character, is introduced. I disliked him and was tempted to give up on the book. I am glad I did not. He finds himself involved with the murders and you see who he truly is. You see him fall in love. You see him react to and care for the looney girl. You see him become friends with a crusty old cop. You come to understand him, respect him, and you see him grow as a person. Finally, you feel his empathy for the girl and the killer, and because you have seen their lives, you share that empathy with him.
To build such characters and manipulate the feelings of readers so well is phenomenal. Cameron does a great job.
The book is not perfect. The beginning could have been done better. The woman that Peter falls in love with is too perfect and her character is not fully developed. I suspect that Cameron slighted her to keep the novel from getting too large, and that was a mistake.
But these problems are minor. The book was a joy to read. What Cameron does with his major characters is incredibly impressive. Overall it was a great book.