Friday, February 15, 2013

John Hixon's Gang

Caroline and Luger -- Uzi's photo was unavailable.

The speaker after lunch at the Kiwanis Club was personal security specialist, Joyce Chamberlain. She gave us several suggestions on how to protect ourselves. Some of the suggestions, I’ve never forgotten.  The event at which she spoke occurred over twenty years ago.

Just after the turn of the century, my wife and I moved to an area of town that had endured some vandalism and some break-ins.  We used one of Joyce’s ideas.  We purchased an oversized dog dish and gave it a highly visible location on the front porch. My wife came up with a creative breed of dog, and Uzi, the German-pit-weiler was born.  It’s hard to say for
Our cat, Boris in Uzi's dish.  
sure that Uzi’s clearly labeled dish helped prevent any unwanted visitors, but it certainly scared off the neighbor’s grandson.
In my first book, The Tourist Killer, there were a couple of scenes in which it was revealed that Hixon had several dogs. More recently, in my second novel, The Presidents Club, it is made clear that our favorite ex-FBI agent has three dogs. Of course, one of them is Uzi. For the other two, I wanted one to be a breed that enjoyed a vicious (though not necessarily warranted) reputation so it was a Doberman Pinscher named Luger.  Finally, since Hixon lived out in the mountains, he insisted on a hound.
According to Wikipedia, “Bavarian mountain hounds are calm, quiet, poised, and very attached to their masters and family. When hunting, they are hard, single-minded, and persistent. Courageous, spirited, fast, and agile, they are at ease on a rugged terrain, with a superb nose and powerful hunting instinct.
“The Bavarian Mountain is not suited for city life. It is in regular need of space and exercise and also requires regular brushing. They are not dogs for the casual hunter. Most are owned and used by foresters and game wardens.”
John Hixon’s third canine companion became Caroline, a loyal Bavarian mountain hound to whom he reads.
Together, he refers to them as his “gang.”
Will they come through for him when the chips are down?
Which dog(s) will make it to the last page?
Become a regular reader of this serial novel and find out the answers to these questions and many more.


  1. Let me know as soon as these books are available on Nook!! (knew I shoulda got a Kindle) Love Boris! Lori

  2. Lori,
    Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.
    For the next few months, The Presidents Club will only be available as a serial at the link in the article above. Eventually, it will be offered as both an e-book and a trade paperback.
    We're working on getting The Tourist Killer on Nook soon.
    Thanks so much for your interest!

    1. Yay! I will keep checking. I love what I am reading so far! Lori

  3. Always have and always will love dogs, even though we currently don't have one. :( I will just have to live vicariously through John Hixon's three.
    Can't wait for tomorrow's read!

    1. Martha,
      I that if and when you get another dog, it will be a rescue, as Hixon, Miss Bob, and I did.

  4. What an interesting story about the Bavarian mountain dogs, I'm absolutely crazy about dogs, your description about them is really lovely, a gang of good! :)

    BIA – BRASIL :)

    1. Bia,
      I hope you are enjoying "The Presidents Club." All three dogs will have an important role when all the plot lines converge.
      Watch for it.