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Monday, July 17, 2017

THE LAWDOG FILES

LawDog had the honor of representing law and order in the Texas town of Bugscuffle as a Sheriff's Deputy, where he became notorious for, among other things, the famous Case of the Pink Gorilla Suit. In THE LAWDOG FILES, he chronicles his official encounters with everything from naked bikers, combative eco-warriors, suicidal drunks, respectful methheads, prison tattoo artists, and creepy children to six-foot chickens and lethal chihuahuas.

THE LAWDOG FILES range from the bittersweet to the explosively hilarious, as LawDog relates his unforgettable experiences in a laconic, self-deprecating manner that is funny in its own right. The book is more than mere entertainment, it is an education in two English dialects, Police and Texas Country. And underlying the humor is an unmistakable sympathy for society's less fortunate - and in most cases, significantly less intelligent - whose encounters with the law are an all-too-frequent affair.

Already a bestseller, THE LAWDOG FILES are available exclusively at Amazon and are free on Kindle Unlimited. I vastly enjoyed these true stories; if you can imagine Garrison Keillor, with a gun, in a small Texas town where all the children are below average, only funnier, more succinct, and without a superiority complex, you just might be able to imagine how LawDog writes. But you will never, ever, be able to anticipate where some of his stories are going.

From the reviews:
  • I have been reading these shorts since the early 2000s on TFL, and it's great to see them finally collected in a single place. By turns hilarious, poignant, and thought provoking they show the life of a deputy sheriff in small town West Texas, and the miscreants one encounters in the course of duty. It's a de facto tribute to all those who wear the badge, day in and day out, and the things and people they have to put up with. Highly recommended!
  • Terrific American humor. LawDog leads the reader on a fantastic and hilarious journey through human psychology, the realities of rural Texas, and the ups and downs of LEO life. Going into the book I was uncertain what to expect. He’s much more than a Sheriff’s Deputy - a humorist of great eloquence and adroitness.
  • Joseph Wambaugh's books are superb because he was an LA cop. LawDog's book is right there in authenticity, tone and hilarity. And just as Wambaugh spins his books in a manner that any non-badge toting, gun-holstering civilian can understand, LawDog doesn't take his readers into the world of quirky and twilight zoned law enforcement--he brings that rarely seen side of law enforcement to the reader and does so with the ease of conversation as though you were sitting around the card table for the weekly poker & cigar night.
  • LawDog is one of the best writers I have ever encountered. I feel like I am sitting around a fire, hearing stories from a favorite uncle. His descriptions are hilarious and his "translations" of colloquialisms are incredibly creative and spot on.
  • About the time I was reading about the "Serving Platter of Doom +3", I was laughing hard enough that I couldn't see the page. If your eyes are dry after reading about Mr. Johnson, you have no soul. I recognized the "two beers" from my own time in law enforcement. All in all, I enjoyed this book far more than I should have, and I suspect you will too. It gives you a mostly unvarnished look at a few moments in the life of a law enforcement officer.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Koanic July 17, 2017 4:44 AM  

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Blogger tweell July 17, 2017 5:01 AM  

Purchased, read and reviewed. It's already listed as a bestseller on Amazon.

Blogger pdwalker July 17, 2017 6:43 AM  

if i may ask, how did you get mixed up with publishing his book?

i've been reading is blog a lot longer than yours. his stories are wonderfully told.

will purchase tonight.

very glad he got the book out and Castalia is publishing it.

Blogger VD July 17, 2017 6:57 AM  

Lawdog is friends with Castalia author Peter Grant, who encouraged me to look at it. I thought the stories were hilarious, leavened by an amount of occasional poignancy that lent them depth, and offered him a contract the next day. LawDog can speak for himself, but I believe he has enjoyed working with us and this will not be his only book with us.

Blogger Jeff Wood July 17, 2017 7:04 AM  

Another feather in the cap of House Castalia.

Blogger Tank July 17, 2017 7:32 AM  

Will there be a hard or soft cover version?

Blogger VD July 17, 2017 7:36 AM  

Paperback.

Blogger WrenchTurner July 17, 2017 7:55 AM  

I remember reading his writing on some forums back in the day. But this book I guarantee this will have your sides splitting. This guy has more crazy stories.

Blogger mushroom July 17, 2017 8:35 AM  

Purchased and downloaded

Anonymous 0007 July 17, 2017 10:12 AM  

Wait until his stories about growing up in Africa get published.

Anonymous Bernard Brandt July 17, 2017 10:22 AM  

I lost touch with 'The LawDog Files' years ago, but I recall that the Dawg was really good reading. Thank you, Vox, for making him more widely available, and for helping me to find him again.

Blogger Dave July 17, 2017 10:28 AM  

Wow already a bestseller. Corriea's gotta be doing a book bomb. Ok, 1-click it is.

Blogger Zundfolge July 17, 2017 10:38 AM  

As someone who's known Lawdog since long before I knew Vox even existed I can't tell you how excited I am that the long wait is over.

Anonymous Meiji_man July 17, 2017 12:12 PM  

Used to read his stories on "The Firing Line" way back in the day. Bringing them to print and a wider audience is an awesome Idea. Bought.

There is a treasure trove of great writing out on the nets. Several great stories that I've spent many hours reading could be mined.
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Blogger Unknown July 18, 2017 6:43 AM  

OldNFO blows coffee across the stack of files he's carrying. ... For the two people still reading my blog, the first LawDog File book is due out in one month. Yes!

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