The Barbary Dogs

A Max Bravo Mystery (Volume 2)

Cynthia Robinson

Minotaur Books

 “A lot of fun, full of unexpected depths and twists.”

--Josh Bazell, bestselling author of Beat the Reaper on The Dog Park Club


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 in Cynthia Robinson's The Barbary Dogs.


Praise for The Barbary Dogs

Praise for The Barbary Dogs


“Fans of…supernatural escapades and dogs will enjoy Robinson’s second mystery…A rollicking romp.”

--Publishers Weekly


Praise for The Dog Park Club


“An amusing dark comedy with charismatic characters and a story that seems ripped from the headlines but turns out to be far more interesting than the truth.”

--Kirkus Reviews (starred)


“Compelling and readable, this offbeat debut will appeal to all lovers of dog mysteries.”



“That rarest of gems, a comic tour de force that steals your heart.”

--David Corbett, author of The Devil’s Redhead


“Beautifully written, The Dog Park Club will make you laugh out loud and then break your heart; Max Bravo is one of the most original and appealing protagonists to appear in years.”

--Jeremy Duns, author of Free Agent


“This is a wry, darkly comic, terminally knowing novel, which can't quite hide the yearning at its heart.”

--David Gates, author of Jernigan

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 OpiumMagazine.com and the First Thrills anthology. Nominated for the Best New American Voices Award, she lives in San Francisco.
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Available Formats and Book Details

The Barbary Dogs

A Max Bravo Mystery

Cynthia Robinson



Minotaur Books