Securing Caite gNson really trusts The other thread involves one of Hanson s fellow officers in the precinct auy named Fox who hates Hanson and spends most of the book attempting to undermine Hanson s career For the most part though the novel is a chronicle of the daily interaction between the police and the criminals mostly small time who inhabit the North Precinct It s a daily battle and an endless revolving door
with the cops confronting the same scumbags day in and day out without making any progress at all in the the cops confronting the same scumbags Day In And Day in and day without making any progress at all in the on crime Justice is a very elusive concept here in a world where the cops dispense what is largely their own brand of very rough justiceAt one point Hanson confronts a Trudy guy who siving him rief and shoots him The Look which was full of knees and elbows and night sticks car hoods and concrete broken noses broken collarbones and concussionsIt s not a pretty sight and this is not a book for the sueamish reader Beautifully written it s tough ritty and ugly but it has the ring of authenticity much so than virtually any other crime novel I ve ever read Anderson himself worked as a patrol cop in Portland in the Seventies and one would imagine that like his first book this one is based very closely on his experiences there It s a The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss great novel and one that you won t forget soon 45 stars Gritty cop novel set in 1975 post Vietnam America Portland OR Long treatment looks at the dark forces at work in the protagonist s work and life James Crumley called ND the best cop novel he ever read Excellent fare This is so far afield from what Ienerally read that I
Have Little To Compare It little to compare it I don t read cop lit ever This was recommended to me by someone a long time ago and so I picked it up on bookmoochcom and put it on the shelf I have no idea why I threw it in my bag for a long flight When flying I enerally opt for things so light they float Wow This is not your average police procedural It is ritty and raw and so painfully honest Really it is about reintegrating into American life after Vietnam or maybe not reintegrating than about police It is about racism and alpha male BS it is about unimaginable lonliness even in a roomful of people and taking control of the wrong things just so you have control of something By book s end the way I look at the world had been altered It brought to mind one of my very favorite late 20th century books The Things they Carried though it is very different other than the Vietnam theme I recommend this unreservedly but it is not for those moments you are looking for something comforting or something with a true sense of resolution As James Crumley put it in the Forward and I surely can put no better there has never been a police novel like this The writing is as strong as the materialthe dialogue as solid as a brick through a plate lass window and the prose as sharply precise as a linoleum knife across a throat Night Dogs is not just a fine book It s an important bookA must read for anyone who is willing to meet a part of America that is so in our face but which we can and most often do prefer to ignore and yet a part which has all of our same aspirations and with which we share so many of shortcomings. Rvivor of his Special Forces unit comes back into his life Doc Dawson is a drug dealer and a killerbut he's the one man Hanson can trustNight Dogs is an extraordinary work from a powerful and authentic voice in American fiction Recoiling from the violence that Hanson deals with every day the violence that is in Hanson readers will also understand the compassion that drives him A novel remarkable for its razor sharp characterizations and dialogue its freshness of observation Night Dogs and Hanson will remain etched in the memory for a long time to com. Us novel Sympathy for the Devil becomes a crazy kind of cop in this continuation of his lifeThe Place Portland Oregon The Time The 1970 sI love Mr Anderson s compelling writingHighly in this continuation of his lifeThe Portland Oregon The Time The 1970 sI love Mr Anderson s compelling writingHighly Night Dogs is a crime novel written over 20 years ago set in a period 20 years before that yet it doesn t really seem dated Yes lots of forensic advances have taken place over the last 40 years that shape how police work is now performed but the personalities and uirks of the law enforcement personnel criminals and everyday working folks are what really drive the action There are many uniue aspects of Kent Anderson s 2nd book in his series that make it such a reat one The main character Hanson is a uy who doesn t undergo a typical character development seuence in the novel You learn who he is by what he does what he s thinking about before after and during what he s doing and though a few flashbacks to his previous life as a Special Forces soldier during the war in Vietnam The book is almost entirely episodic and follows Hanson in his role as a cop in the Portland hetto after his return from the war He has a tough Dark and BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. gripping character study While the story is mostly episodic there is still a strong sense of momentum pushing the story to its endExcellent atmosphere and sense of place Too oftenenre novels choose convention over realism This book maintains its ritty reality while maintaining a strong sense of drama Reminded me of Joseph Wambaugh with just a touch of the surreal darkness of DAY OF THE LOCUSTThe only fault it may have my opinion is that it s a little longer than it needs to be Especially considering that the story doesn t really hit its stride until 150 pages in Kent Anderson s Sympathy for the Devil which was published in 1987 remains I think one of the best if not the best of the novels to come out of the Vietnam War It was a searing account of the war as seen through the eyes of one soldier a young man named Hanson who very closely resembles the authorAnderson s second novel Night Dogs appeared in 1996 and certainly ranks among the best police procedurals I ve ever read The book is set in the middle Seventies shortly after the end of the war The protgonist is again Hanson now home from Vietnam and working as a patrol officer for the Portland Oregon Police BureauHanson has survived the war physically at least but it haunts his every moment and he now finds himself in the middle of a new
WAR WHICH IS JUST AS HARD TO DECIPHER AS which is just as hard to decipher as old one Hanson is assigned to Portland s North Precinct the hetto and the worst precinct in the city The commanding officers are all men who screwed up in other areas of the department and who were exiled to the North Precinct The patrol officers are mostly cowboys looking for the rush that the action in the precinct provides on a daily basisThe book has only the loosest of plots One of the principal threads involves one of Hanson s closest friends from the war who has come to Portland and become a drug dealer and a killer Rather than arresting him though Hanson attempts to help him Mr. Jelly's Business given that they bonded while in the Special Forces together andiven that he remains the only man Ha. Ran who has traded his Bronze Star for a badge War is what Hanson knows and in this battle for Portland's meanest streets he's fighting not so much for the law as for his own code of justiceHanson is a man who seems to fear nothing except his own memories And it is his past that could destroy him now An enemy in the department is determined to bring him down by digging into his war record and resurrecting the darkest agonies of that nightmare time And Hanson himself risks everything his career his euilibrium even his life when the only other su.
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over thirteen years ago on com I was a brand new police officer I had problems with the years ago com I was a brand new police officer I had problems with the Didn t like the protaganist or the portrayal of police work But then what did I know about police work Well that answer is simple nothing Skip ahead to the present I recently re read it out of curiosity I discovered that this book is truthful than I realized Though he was only a cop for a few years I believe it was three years in the early seventies Anderson manages to capture the essence or truth that s an overused wordof police work I haven t been involved with any uestionable shootings and I don t carry a throw away piece but the changes that a person 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, goes through after a few years are accurate The anger the sense o Bitter Truth There are a lot of reasons not to read Kent Anderson s Night Dogs Aging Viet Nam War protestors dusting off old placards and tir Kent Anderson s Night Dogs has popped up in my Goodreads recommendations a few times and was also on a list of the ten best novels about Portland that my elder son sent to me However I think I may have previously read this novel some 20 years ago when it was first published mainly because it combines the two main topics that I used to read about and still do the Vietnam War and American police officers Hanson our main protagonist is an ex Green Beret and Vietnam veteran who is now a Police Officer in 1970 s Portland He is a patrol officer who works the notorious North Division of Portland along with his partner Dana The novel comprises of many stories and anecdotes of the type of crimes and incidents and people that Hanson has to deal with on a daily basis A lot of these people are not criminals but are victims of the society in which they live and they are alcoholics drug addicts other Vietnam veterans and the mentally ill The novel also plots the deterioration of Hanson s mental state while he deals with these people and also fights with his own demons He is a violent man and a lot of the situations he deals with can be resolved by using violence but he also has to keep himself in check while around normal civilians as he sometimes has an urge to lash out at these people too However at other times on the other hand Hanson is also capable of showingreat empathy and compassion towards some of the damaged individuals that he has to deal withAs with all Police procedural type novels it deals with the relationships both Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı good and bad between the various officers and has somereat dialogue and there is also a lot of humour albeit very dark present throughout the novelKent Anderson himself was a Green Beret during the Vietnam War and was also a Portland Police Officer and possibly the novel is part autobiographical or at the very least he has delved into his own experiences which makes the book all the realistic and credibleHanson is also the main protagonist in Kent Anderson s Vietnam War novel Sympathy for the Devil which I also think I may have read but regardless I m Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines going to read it again once I manage toet a copy This hardcover is signed by author Kent Anderson and publisher Dennis McMillanIn Night Dogs the protagonist from Andersons previo. Former police officer Kent Anderson author of the memorable Vietnam War novel Sympathy for the Devil returns with a powerful new novel about a Vietnam vet cop who still carries the war inside himself Searing and brutally honest Night Dogs plunges us into the free fire zones of our cities where the legendary thin blue line is breaking downThe North Precinct of Portland Oregon is home to two kinds of cops sergeants and lieutenants who've screwed up somewhere else and patrolmen who thrive on the action on the Avenue Officer Hanson is the second kind a vete.