This spy thriller is narrated by a man with the code name Shakespeare, who is most likely an Israeli Mossad agent. The book goes back and forth in time and place while telling more than one story. In the present, a prostitute is involved with a violent pimp. Shakespeare, who is trying to help this woman, suspects the pimp of having murdered Shakespeare’s partner long ago. Shakespeare’s spy friends keep insisting that his partner’s murderer is dead, but he’s sure this is the same man. Shakespeare’s vivid, disturbing memories of his tense hunt for his partner are woven into the plot. Cut Throat Dog is tough to follow, but that could be due to the translation of this interesting, intelligent tale.
Miriam Bradman Abrahams is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-raised, Long Island-residing mom. She is Hadassah Nassau’s One Region One Book chairlady, a freelance essayist, and a certified yoga instructor who has loved reviewing books for the JBC for the past ten years.