Quinn's new book is Paw and Order, the seventh book in the Chet and Bernie series.
Last month I asked the author about what he was reading. His reply:
I recently submerged myself in Rick Atkinson’s three-part history of the fighting in World War Two. For some reason I read the books in reverse chronological order – The Guns at Last Light, The Day of Battle, An Army at Dawn. That ended up making the outcome seem inevitable, which it most certainly was not – the contrast between our mainly amateur warriors and Hitler’s professionals was huge, especially at first. The detailed recounting of so many campaigns gets a little tedious at times, but diary excerpts and letters home from the common soldiers and sailors just shine. I still call my dad every Veterans Day to thank him for his service (in the U.S. Navy).Visit Chet the Dog's blog and Facebook page, and Peter Abrahams's website.
He commanded a sub chaser in the Atlantic at the age of twenty-one, and that kind of thing wasn’t uncommon. Peggy Noonan caught the stoicism and self-discipline of those young men very well in the famous Pointe du Hoc speech (well worth a listen on YouTube). At the end of Atkinson’s trilogy, you can’t help thinking: Could anything like this happen again? The answer, not a good one, seems clearer every day. Finally, for those like me who are interested in the vast world of non-humans, there's Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien. Wesley's a real-life character, and a great one - the type of character Chet may run into one day.
The Page 69 Test: Spencer Quinn's The Dog Who Knew Too Much.
Coffee with a Canine: Peter Abrahams and Audrey (September 2011).
Coffee with a Canine: Peter Abrahams and Pearl (August 2012).
The Page 69 Test: Paw and Order.