Good Dog, Bad Dog

Good Dog Bad Dog Jane a dog with brains than the average man is at it again She s sniffing out her master s cases running rings around everyone involved Sam Russo isn t stupid but his dog is far smarter Sam Russo

  • Title: Good Dog, Bad Dog
  • Author: Ki Longfellow
  • ISBN: 9781937819040
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jane, a dog with brains than the average man, is at it again She s sniffing out her master s cases, running rings around everyone involved Sam Russo isn t stupid, but his dog is far smarter.Sam Russo s first case brought him two good things Jane, a yodeling dog, and Mrs Willingford, a rich and sassy dame Now back home in his crummy Staten Island room, all he wantJane, a dog with brains than the average man, is at it again She s sniffing out her master s cases, running rings around everyone involved Sam Russo isn t stupid, but his dog is far smarter.Sam Russo s first case brought him two good things Jane, a yodeling dog, and Mrs Willingford, a rich and sassy dame Now back home in his crummy Staten Island room, all he wants is to relax, read books, and go to the movies Fat chance One knock on the door and he and Jane are careening down Broadway, in and out of one hit show after another, in hot pursuit of a giant killer

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  • Ki Longfellow

    Ki Longfellow, born on Staten Island, New York, to a French Irish mother and an Iroquois father, grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall.In England, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to the port of Bristol where it became the Old Profanity Showboat It remains there today as a Bristol landmark On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera, garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews The Old Profanity is on its way to becoming The Last Showboat, film.Her first book, China Blues, was the subject of a bidding war China Blues, and her second novel, Chasing Women, introduced Longfellow to Hollywood a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip China Blues was reissued by Eio Books in 2012 When Vivian died in 1995, Ki stopped writing, living on Standing Room Only Farm in Vermont Time may not heal, but it tempers Eventually Ki began writing again, but her subject became the moment at age 19 that informed her life a direct experience with the Divine She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel The Secret Magdalene Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, True Love traveled all the way to Vermont to option the book as her next film.Ki s second book on the Divine Feminine is Flow Down Like Silver, a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored historical figure of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what the Magdalene knew in her heart.Recently, a huge departure from her all she d written before, Longfellow found herself writing a tale of supernatural horror called Houdini Heart This book was selected by the Horror Writers of America as one of a handful of books to be considered for their 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel.In the Spring of 2013 the first three titles of her Sam Russo noir murder mystery series was published by Eio Books Shadow Roll, Good Dog, Bad Dog, and The Girl in the Next Room In December, 2013, she released a tale of one woman s attempt to survive lost in the Sonoran Desert Walks Away Woman She s at work on the third and last book in her Divine Feminine series Meant to be one thing, it s become quite another thing Writers may think they know what they re going to write, but they can be very wrong.She lives wherever she finds herself Currently that s a sailboat in Puget Sound.

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  • Sam’s backstory is a tough one of being orphaned; raised in a bizarre and dangerous home for similar kids; running away from Staten Island in the late 1930s; understanding the world through popular radio shows; coming to love horses through time spent at racetracks; being one of the last Army horse soldiers in the Philippines during World War II; and, becoming fixated on being a private eye like Humphrey Bogart. “Bogie didn’t have friends. He didn’t spill his guts about a case to a ‘fr [...]


  • I haunt the book racks looking for new mystery series. They're coming at me from all directions. I think there's even a zombie detective, or maybe that's a vampire detective. Gag me with a stake. But here is the real deal. Real period: New York in the late 40s. Mean streets. Murder. Mayhem. And a detective to love and walk with wherever he goes. I LOVE Sam Russo. In the orphanage from hell, no one gave him a name so he named himself. His parents are the people he sees at the movies. He's in love [...]


  • This is a terrific series. Glad there were three of them so I could get thoroughly engrossed in the world of Sam Russo. In other hands, Sam's world would be seedy, a dead-end, full of creepy low lives. But through Sam's almost innocent eyes (though he thinks he's cynical), his world is alive and full of wit and color. He's one of those people who can just walk up and say what he thinks. This is good and this is, for a Private Eye, often not so good. It's the late 1940s on Staten Island where Sam [...]


  • The success of this book lies with the MC Sam Russo. He cares about people, even though experience has taught him that he shouldn't. He loves his dog Jane. He loves horses. He styles himself after Bogie, although he's painfully aware of his own shortcomings. He's a really lovable guy. This was a fun read, especially with the inclusion of real life characters (Jimmy Stewart!). There was a twist at the end which I didn't see coming at all.


  • This Sam Russo is full of what I look for in noir. It opens with Sam, whose dream is to be a Private Eye, depressed and confused after his first serious case. Shadow Roll A life of snooping around after criminals isn't what he thought it would be, friends aren't who he thought they were, nothing is as shiny or as snappy as the movies he watches---anything, but Bogart is King. After what happened in Saratoga, he's thinking of quitting, of finding some other way to make a living, of never trusting [...]


  • If possible, the second in this new series is better than the first. I've read a lot of mysteries from cozy to Jim Thompson. Sam Russo falls in the middle somewhere. He doesn't have an office. He doesn't have much at all, except a love of the movies and crime novels. Sam's at the beginning of his career. And I, for one, hope it's a long busy run. Russo's not one of those silent types who exude strength and character but is distant and defended. He's funny. He admits his failings. He feels things [...]


  • I read the first book because I admire this writer and wanted to see what she'd do with mystery. Got through Shadow Roll (A Sam Russo Mystery, #1). in one long exciting night. So I began the next one the very next day. Good Dog, Bad Dog (A Sam Russo Mystery, #2). And then the next. The Girl in the Next Room Basically I read all three in three days. I'd be reading one now if I could. Great stuff. As for Jane, I want her!


  • I love books for all sorts of reasons. One of the best reasons is because I fall in love with the people in them. I don't care what they're doing, I just want to be in their world with them. I've just finished the third book in this new series (this is the second) and am jone-sing for the next one. I love wandering around in boring 1940s Stapleton, Staten Island with Sam Russo. I love his every movie filled thought. I love his dog. If I ever met a real dog like Jane, I'd move out of this apartme [...]


  • This is the second in a new series of noir Private Eye cases centered on Sam Russo, a kid from a horror of a Staten Island orphanage right after the Second World War. The mysteries are mysterious (I didn't figure out one of them - so far), the lead is funny and whimsical and self-deprecating whose hero is Bogie up there on the Silver Screen. Over the course of his first mystery he acquires two sidekicks, both of whom could star in books of their own. A TV series of Sam ought be in the making. If [...]


  • This Sam Russo is even better than the first one. I can't say why because it would give away so many surprises. But I was just as baffled by whodunnit as I was in the first book, Shadow Roll. In the last chapter I almost jumped out of bed. Now I'm curling with the next Sam Russo, The Girl in the Next Room. I shouldn't read them so fast. Can't help myself.


  • This series has me now. I read a lot of mysteries. Kind of like what's his name's "box of chocolates." I don't like the ones with nuts. I don't like nougat. Chocolate covered cherries can be okay. But the ones with cream inside, now those I search for. Sam Russo looks like one of the nuts, he sure acts like one from time to time, but he's got the perfect soft center. Great series. I want it to go on and on and on and on and on.


  • Fast, funny, poignant, tough, not-so-tough, colorful stories about a poor guy, a brilliant dog, and a rich dame getting themselves into one pickle after another in New York City (and elsewhere) in the late 1940s. Read the whole series back to back. Looking for a new habit. Look no farther. Now jonesing for more.


  • My latest greatest fave rave detective crave. All the stuff I like in a murder mystery. Really mysterious. I never saw the solutions coming. Great lead characters. In this case, there are two besides Sam Russo himself. Both of them have the goods for their own series. Great atmosphere. Staten Island and Manhattan in the late 40s. Sharp sassy dialogue. I eat this stuff up.


  • The second in this new series that did it. I am now a fan of Ki Longfellow. This woman can write anything. Deeply profound spiritual fiction. Fantasy horror. Historical noir. Her Sam Russo series is a total delight. I am in love with Sam and Jane and Mrs. Willingford. Oh, and Holly.


  • It didn't take long to fall in love with Sam Russo. It took even less time to want to take Jane home. This is modern noir, dark and funny and light and sad. I hope Longfellow writes a lot of Sam Russo. They're terrific.


  • Second in the series and certainly lived up to the promise delivered in the first one, Shadowroll. Although I enjoyed the setting in the first more than the theatrical scene in this one. I'll definitely read the next and I do hope that Ki writes more in this series.



  • There'd better be more of Sam. Once I got a taste, I ate the whole thing. Now I'm siting at the table, bib under my chin, knife in one hand, fork in the other, waiting for my dinner.








  • I love this writer. The Secret Magdalene and Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandria are two of the best books I've ever read. When Longfellow crossed over into horror/fantasy I read Houdini Heart and loved it more than I ever thought I would. So when she wrote murder mysteries I went there too. I can tell these are terrific books. They're different and funny and sad and I never saw any of the solutions coming. But mysteries aren't my thing so even though I'll bet Sam Russo is a great serie [...]


  • I began Ki Longfellow with Houdini Heart which staggered me with its language, ideas, use of superb metafiction, and storytelling. So, of course, I wanted more of the same. I read another of her titles - Walks Away Woman. It wasn't anything like Houdini Heart. And yet I loved it. Wandering about in the Sonoran Desert with a broken down housewife who comes to life in a most wonderful way. So I went off to find another Walks Away Woman and discovered Longfellow doesn't repeat herself unless you co [...]


  • For me, Sam Russo of Stapleton, Long Island, has firmly established himself in my heart as a loveable fellow determined to be the kind of private detective he watches on the Silver Screen. With his dog Jane (who speak Egyptian) and his lover Mrs. Willingford (when she's willing), the three make great sleuths. Or Jane does. Sam just follows until he bumps into the answer. The color, the feel, the smell, taste, sound of New York City in the late 40s and early 50s is palpable. You're there, it's al [...]


  • A terrific series. I just read something that got rave reviews in the major press. It had no mystery, the detective was boring, the characters colorless and the dialogue pedestrian. But here's a series where all the reverse true. Sam Russo is funny, sad, honest, real, and very colorful. His dog Jane could have a book of her own. As for Mrs. Willingford, well, all I can say, I've give a lot to have one a Mrs. Willingford in my life. There are real mysteries, not one I so far solved on my own. And [...]


  • It only gets better. Sam, who doesn't like dogs, has a dog he got stuck with from his first case. And what a dog. The best dog I've ever read about. Beats Asta (from Nick and Nora Charles) by a mile. And he has Mrs. Willingford. Mrs. Willingford is one tough dame, tougher than Sam will ever be. Now with the three of them, I'm enchanted. Oh, about the mystery. Great fun being in the middle of a Broadway show, Harvey no less, with Himmy Stewart!


  • This is the second of a series I'll be following as long as they keep coming. Good solid funny mysteries and terrific characters. I open the page each time eager to fall back into their world. I'm hooked.


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