Cut Throat Dog

Joshua Sobol; Dalya Bilu, trans.
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By – August 25, 2011
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.

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