Kent Anderson: Night Dogs



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Kent Anderson s Night Dogs has opped 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 Healing the Divide previously read this novel some 20 years ago when it was firstublished mainly because it combines the two main topics that I used to read about and still do the Vietnam War and American Everything I Learned in Medical School police officers Hanson our mainrotagonist is an ex Green Beret and Vietnam veteran who is now a Police Officer in 1970 s Portland He is a Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life patrol officer who works the notorious North Division of Portland along with hisartner Dana The novel comprises of many stories and anecdotes of the type of crimes and incidents and Les Cavaliers de l'apocadispe - tome 1 - maitrisent la situation people that Hanson has to deal with on a daily basis A lot of theseeople 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 The Secret Man plots the deterioration of Hanson s mental state while he deals with theseeople 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 Katys First Haircut people too However at other times on the other hand Hanson is also capable of showing great empathy and compassion towards some of the damaged individuals that he has to deal withAs with all Policerocedural type novels it deals with the relationships both good and bad between the various officers and has some great dialogue and there is also a lot of humour albeit very dark Die Wise present throughout the novelKent Anderson himself was a Green Beret during the Vietnam War and was also a Portland Police Officer andossibly the novel is Yan And The Pikes Violin 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 mainrotagonist in Kent Anderson s Vietnam War novel Sympathy for the Devil which I also think I may have read but regardless I m going to read it again once I manage to get a copy Bitter Truth There are a lot of reasons not to read Kent Anderson s Night Dogs Aging Viet Nam War Hungarian Heroes and Legends protestors dusting off oldlacards and tired slogans to recycle for the War in Ira will be infuriated with Anderson s laser focused skewering of the liberal mindset Those wishing to maintain a romantic view of an idyllic northwest Land of Fright - Collection II (Land of Fright Collections Book 2) paradise will risk having these illusions shattered by Anderson s Portland s mean streets of depravity and violence If yourefer neat little stories ending with the bad guys rightfully dispatched you ll find little redemption here And anyone with the slightest affection for dogs or kids will cringe in the raw reality of this unvarnished tale of a street cop s nightly grind in The Elders Speak post Viet Nam America So while there are lots of reasons not to read Night Dogs you d be missing aowerful example of American fiction at its best a gut wrenching and emotionally draining dissection of The Pharisees Guide to Total Holiness pop culture cleverly and brutally disguised as a crime novelStreet cop Hanson is a uniue and tragic hero an Army Special Forces veteran from Viet Nam returning to test his well honed skills for survival and violence in Portland s worst neighborhoods Loosely autobiographical the two decades that haveassed since the end of the war and the writing of Night Dogs have done little to blunt the ferocity and Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, passion of Anderson s leanrose Far from Dirty Harry Anderson s stoic and cynical loner Hanson delivers his brand of street justice without theatrics he is simply the cop on his beat doing his job while doing his best to bury the daily horror show of his life with drugs alcohol and rough sex Non linear with little allegiance to a central Craft Notes for Animators plot the reader is led in stops and starts from the jungles of Viet Nam to the night shift in a Portlandatrol car Make no mistake this is not a Perception and the External World pleasant read Brutal and violent the dog lab is one of the most disturbing chapters of fiction I ve ever read Andersonulls no Popular Representations of Development punches and offers no apologies Night Dogs may shock you it may enrage you it may make you cry but it will also make you better understand and appreciate aeriod of American history many of us would just as soon forget I first wrote a review of this novel over thirteen years ago on com I was a brand new Sister for Sale police officer I hadroblems with the book Didn t li. Former The Blue Door (Threshold police officer Kent Anderson author of the memorable Vietnam War novel Sympathy for the Devil returns with aowerful new novel about a Vietnam vet cop who still carries the war inside himself Searing and brutally honest Night Dogs Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity 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 andatrolmen who thrive on the action on the Avenue Officer Hanson is the second kind a vete.

Ke the The Art of Standing Still protaganist or theortrayal of A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, police work But then what did I know aboutolice work Well that answer is simple nothing Skip ahead to the Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience 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 wordofolice work I haven t been involved with any uestionable shootings and I don t carry a throw away The War to End All Wars piece but the changes that aerson goes As James Crumley Death Comes for the Archbishop put it in the Forward and I surely canut no better there has never been a olice novel like this The writing is as strong as the materialthe dialogue as solid as a brick through a late glass window and the The Naked Man prose as sharplyrecise 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 Damias Children part of America that is so in our face but which we can and most often dorefer to ignore and yet a Cutremur de timp part which has all of our same aspirations and with which we share so many of shortcomings This is so far afield from what I generally read that I have little to compare it with I don t read cop lit ever This was recommended to me by someone a long time ago and so Iicked it up on bookmoochcom and Backlash : La guerre froide contre les femmes put it on the shelf I have no idea why I threw it in my bag for a long flight When flying I generally opt for things so light they float Wow This is not your averageolice Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie procedural It is gritty and raw and soainfully honest Really it is about reintegrating into American life after Vietnam or maybe not reintegrating than about Patagonia Express police It is about racism and alpha male BS it is about unimaginable lonliness even in a roomful ofeople 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 Gritty cop novel set in 1975 Predator post Vietnam America Portland OR Long treatment looks at the dark forces at work in therotagonist s work and life James Crumley called ND the best cop novel he ever read Excellent fare Kent Anderson s Sympathy for the Devil which was ublished 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 olice Seven Days in Utopia procedurals I ve ever read The book is set in the middle Seventies shortly after the end of the war Therotgonist is again Hanson now home from Vietnam and working as a Lots of Love patrol officer for the Portland Oregon Police BureauHanson has survived the warhysically 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 the old one Hanson is assigned to Portland s North Precinct the ghetto and the worst Reclaiming Love 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 Theatrol officers are mostly cowboys looking for the rush that the action in the Vegangelical precinctrovides on a daily basisThe book has only the loosest of Defender of Faith, Revised Edition plots One of therincipal 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 given that they bonded while in the Special Forces together and given that he remains the only man Hanson really trusts The other thread involves one of Hanson s fellow officers in the No escuches su canción de trueno precinct a guy named Fox who hates Hanson and spends most of the book attempting to undermine Hanson s career For the mostart though the novel is a chronicle of the daily interaction between the Being the Best Me 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 anyrogress at all in the war on crime Justice 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 ast 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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S a very elusive concept here in a world where the cops dispense what is largely their own brand of very rough justiceAt one oint Hanson confronts a guy who s giving him grief 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 Sleight (AVRA-K pretty sight and this is not a book for the sueamish reader Beautifully written it s tough gritty 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 aatrol 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 great novel and one that you won t forget soon 45 stars Dark and gripping character study While the story is mostly episodic there is still a strong sense of momentum Slave Labor Graphics Titles pushing the story to its endExcellent atmosphere and sense oflace Too often genre novels choose convention over realism This book maintains its gritty 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 Top Tips for IELTS Academic pages in Night Dogs is a crime novel written over 20 years ago set in aeriod 20 years before that yet it doesn t really seem dated Yes lots of forensic advances have taken The Creative Writing Handbook place over the last 40 years that shape howolice work is now Water Death (Outbound, performed but theersonalities and uirks of the law enforcement Between the Savior and the Sea 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 great one The main character Hanson is a guy 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 hisrevious 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 ghetto after his return from the war He has a tough beat and a great artner One theme involves a detective on the force who doesn t like Hanson and is trying to his best to get him out of the Department Although this is a book without a traditional lot that s one thread that follows through to the endThe 70s were definitely a different era No DNA no video no social media lots of Written in the Stars (Cricket Creek, paperaperwork fewer lawyers lots of drugs and guns on the streets maybe not so different Street justice is dispensed when the The Great Anarchists police think it s appropriate based on a lack of confidence in the legal system Hanson s character is a truly complex one He s a badass as all Special Forces guys were yet he doesn tush that side of himself to the front at all and tends to downplay his war experiences Getting inside his mind as he and his Modern Engineering Statistics partner are making insignificant as well as life and death decisions at times in the course of their daily routine is a real trip They re balancingaperwork reuirements overtime restrictions Hearts precinct boundariesast experiences with the folks they re dealing with compassion for the ghetto The Silver Nightingale population vs disgust at some of its inhabitants it s a truly fascinating insight into how cops or at least one cop at thatoint in time think Hanson has lots of Threshold problems and Night Dogs succeeds in not only exposing them but also showing how they ve shaped and will continue to affect who he has become He s definitely a flawed cop but a very human oneAnderson s writing is very sharp and his dialogue is excellent As you might expect there s a significant amount of violence and action as well a some sex involved Night Dogs is a bit long but it moves uickly with each relatively short chapter representing another day in the life Much of Hanson s character is determined by his war years which I understand are covered in the initial book in this series Can t wait to get to it This hardcover is signed by author Kent Anderson andublisher Dennis McMillanIn Night Dogs the Delicious Danger (Phoenix Agency, protagonist from Andersonsrevious 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 recommended. 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 owerful 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.

Ordinary Seaman deck hand on merchant ships age 19 21 Special Forces Green Beret Sgt in Vietnam 1969 1970 2 Bronze Stars Police Officer Portland OR Police Bureau 1972 1976 NEA Grant for Fiction Writing 1976 #1 MFA in Fiction Writing University of Montana 1978 Police Officer Oakland California Police Dept 1983 1984 resigned after 15 months to write Sympathy for the Devil