The Barbary Dogs

A Max Bravo Mystery (Volume 2)

Cynthia Robinson

Minotaur Books

Opera singer extraordinaire Max Bravo is back in this sequel to THE DOG PARK CLUB that explores both mysterious disappearances and misleading appearances.

Max Bravo is ready for some rest and relaxation. But when an old friend takes a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge, Max realizes that rest and relaxation simply aren't in the cards. The jumper, Frank Kelly, was a failed writer and an accomplished hothead. Max acquires Frank's journal, and is soon following the dead man through a foggy landscape of artistic manias and romantic intrigues. Along the way, he encounters a motley crew of  crackpots, bohemians, and wily ghosts that refuse to be buried in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast past. Fans of quirky, literary mysteries will love this second dose of Max Bravo and his outrageous adventures.


Praise for The Barbary Dogs

“This esoteric tale, peopled with dozens of quirky characters, draws you in and spits you out dazed and delighted with the journey.”
— Kirkus’ Review – The World’s Toughest Reviewers

"This quirky and offbeat novel may well appeal to fans of Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files, also a little wacky and set in San Francisco."
—   Jessica Moyer, Booklist

" . . . a rollicking romp through the caverns of Max's roller-coaster mind. Those seeking a conventional whodunit should look elsewhere."
— Publishers' Weekly

“The serpentine story line has more wonderful curves than Lombard Street as Max, accompanied by Dixie and the ghosts, provides an intriguing tour of San Francisco.” 
— Harriet Klausner, Genre-Go-Round

“Somewhere in the authorial firmament, Raymond Chandler is attempting to steal this passage for his latest celestial novel:
‘Blashky introduced me to Miss Vicky.  She leaned her forearms onto the bar, framing her bounteous breasts in the strong embrace of her bare arms.  A man could lose his motel keys in that cleavage.’
Robinson's stylistics and Max's theatrics—equally bravura—make for a most exotic port of call in a mystery that defies categorical gravity, quite alike a perpendicular cable-car ride."
— David Marshall James, Yahoo Shine

In the Press

THE BARBARY DOGS by Cynthia RobinsonKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE BARBARY DOGS . An unlikely and unwilling amateur sleuth is forced to dig into the past to save his future.
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  • Cynthia Robinson

  • CYNTHIA ROBINSON’s stories have appeared in Opium.com and the First Thrills anthology. Nominated for the Best New American Voices Award, she lives in San Francisco. The Barbary Galahad is her second novel with Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books; the first, The Dog Park Club, was published in July 2010.
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The Barbary Dogs

A Max Bravo Mystery

Cynthia Robinson



Minotaur Books