Description from GoodReads:
This story transports the reader to an alternate-reality version of New York City, in which talking dogs interact regularly with humans. The hero, Dino Vicelli, is a private investigator who just happens to be a sharply dressed Italian greyhound with a great fondness for cigars. He takes on what initially appears to be a routine missing person case but soon finds himself in the midst of a sinister plot that involves kidnapping, murder, and bizarre scientific experiments aimed at controlling the world. As he investigates this strange case, Dino repeatedly encounters mortal danger, while also finding romance with a beautiful blonde Afghan dog.
With its unusual twists on the traditional detective story genre, this book blends elements of humor, suspense, and fantasy into a truly unique and entertaining tale.
About the Author
Lori Weiner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has lived for twenty years in Rancho Mirage, California. She is married to Martin Weiner and has one daughter, Kandice. She has a special interest in show dogs and was inspired to write this book by her own Italian greyhound, Dino, whom she describes as ”funny, inquisitive, very nosy, and very smart.”
Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. (June 8, 2009)
Obtained From: Author
Really Liked It
I am always on the lookout for books about dogs and especially those where the dogs are main characters. I especially love the ones where the dogs actually have thoughts and speak like humans. Dino Vicelli doesn’t disappoint! Dino is a very cool private eye, except he is not a normal PI, he is a dog! This short story develops in an alternate universe where dogs and humans coexist and are equal, although the humans run in races here, not dogs.
There is enough mystery and action that keep the pages turning so that it all goes by too quickly. You need to see the wonderful artwork that is inserted throughout the book in the style of the cover. If you are a dog lover and enjoy mysteries, this is your book. There is a sequel planned as well.
20 Questions with Lori Weiner
1. Bookmarks or dog ears?
2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
3. Favorite author?
4. Favorite genre’?
5. What is the best book you have read in the last year?
Haven’t had much time to read at home., I know what I like and what I would like to take the time to read.
6. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
7. If you could only take one book with you to a desert island, which would you bring?
Blood game, Eve Duncan Forensic thriller/ Iris Johansen. I would take the series.
8. What book have you read that you think is overrated?
I have one in mind but would rather not say.
9. What are you reading right now?
10. What is the last book you bought?
11. What is the last book you received in the mail?
12. What is the number of books you own?
13. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
Cat in the Hat
14. Do you have a favorite place to read?
Anywhere its quiet or on vacation. Don’t have a lot of time to read with everyday life and trying to get my own book finished.
15. What is next for you, publishing-wise?
The sequel – Vicelli goes to Washington/the great
Fopaw and Murder in Chains
16. Do you prefer to write about animals or people?
17. Do you have any pets (real or imaginary)?
Yes, 5 afghans, 2 Italian greyhounds
18. The last thing you Googled?
Afghanistan, for my sequel
19. What one thing would you save in a fire (other than people or animals)?
20. What makes you cringe?
the sight of actual blood. I can read about it or talk about it but don’t do too well in person.
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