Old Dogs

Take two ornamental dogs and ten people who all want to steal them, and before you know where you are, there are four dogs instead. Donna Moore moves her dogs and her characters so swiftly that you can barely work out in which car boot the corpse is resting now.

Two real (well not real real, obviously) and two fake Tibetan dogs change places with each other at almost breakneck speed, in and out of Glasgow. It says screwball caper on the cover of Old Dogs, and that’s precisely what Donna has written.

Three ex-hookers in their seventies and a very young Big Issue seller come up against an innocent buddhist monk from the Western Isles, two very ‘different’ museum staff, an Australian murderer and a couple of neds. Donna knows her Glasgow perfectly, so gets the accent spot on, not to mention the atrocious dress sense of her neds. Let’s not mention it.

I have never before come across anyone colour coordinating their balaclava with the rest of their outfit, but I admire it. Matching gun goes without saying. (Personally I think this character has a lot of Donna in her.)

It was possible to work out how Old Dogs was going to end. Well, apart from that little twist. Maybe I should have thought of that, too. The fun is in the moves on the chess board of the Glasgow and Loch Lomond area, and the character studies. It must be all that travelling on the number 62 bus.

If you don’t like bad language, then this book may be worth avoiding. Otherwise I prescribe it for a bit of cheering up. I can already see the film in my mind.

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8 responses to “Old Dogs

  1. It’s terrific fun, alright, Ms Witch … and who doesn’t co-ordinate their balaclavas these days?

    Cheers, Dec

  2. Maybe you do now, Declan, but in your equally entertaining Crime Always Pays (you haven’t changed the title again, I hope) you appear to have omitted matching anythings at all. It’s a girl thing I expect.

  3. And belatedly I see I’m very topical indeed, as there is this great ‘rubber-hose’ interview on CAP with Donna;
    http://crimealwayspays.blogspot.com/2010/04/ya-wanna-do-it-here-or-down-station_15.html

  4. Aw thank you so much Ms Witch. I’m very very glad you enjoyed it. And what a lovely review. Are there REALLY ten people after the dogs? Dear merciful heavens, good job I didn’t realise that as I was writing it :o) Now, I’m off to don my pink balaclava for a bit of shoplift…errrrr…shopping. Thanks again.

  5. Depends whether you count the corpse, actually. And that could be a spoiler.

  6. This sounds really fun. I don’t know if it’s out over here yet, though.

  7. I am not really inclined to reading bad language, but of course I had to read Donna´s book – and somehow it doesn´t feel so bad when it is not in my own language ;D

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