Rain Dogs Author:Sean Doolittle A rain dog, according to folklore and a Tom Waits song, is a mutt who can't find its way home because a storm has washed away the trail of familiar scents. Chicago newspaperman Tom Coleman is drinking his way out of a broken marriage, grieving for his deceased daughter, when he inherits a backwater canoe-rental business near Valentine, Nebraska.... more » He returns to his home state to start anew, but it seems more like a dead end. Coleman confronts family issues, small-town politics, a crooked cop, his first sweetheart, and the challenge of running a business while passed out drunk on the lawn. His employees--a ne'er-do-well stoner and a disgruntled teen--keep things running until one night when the crooked cop arrives with the flashers on. Coleman smells a story, but he's not covering this one--he's in it.« less
It's a quick read, entertaining altho it's hard to find the lead terribly likable. Pitiable is more accurate. Perhaps this was Doolittle's aim. Perhaps I was reading too fast, I sometimes found it hard to keep up with who was who and who was doing what. The generic last names he selected may have made this more difficult. All in all, an enjoyable book, but not one destined for the top of the NYT fiction list.