Some men are pups and others are hounds, but they all bite in the end.
Cheryl Greene doesn’t ask much of life: a smile and a kind word are gifts in her world of splintered families and big talking men. But when Cheryl is cast from her home, pregnant and alone, just making it through each day becomes a fight to survive. Committed to giving her son the security she never had, Cheryl must navigate a reality where women are cheap, opportunities scarce, and violence is the law of the land.
With steely optimism, the young mother grits her teeth through the punches, the hunger, and the loneliness. But it’s the disappointment and betrayal that cut deepest, and Cheryl must continue to trust in love, or give up on the future she’s fought so hard for.
Dec 23, 2015
I met this author at the National Book Club Conference 2015. This book started slow but now I think it is so on the mark. Lloyd L. Johnson's treatment of the abusive relationship merry-go-round is excellent. In the beginning I felt the plot and character development was lagging a bit. But about half way through the novel I found myself becoming increasingly interested in the characters. The plot winds creatively through and around abuse cycles families often find themselves in. Cheryl Greene's experience in her family of origin make her a perfect candidate to live a life quite similar to her mother's who is also an abuse victim. I like that the author has several subplots that include sexuality, abuse, infidelity, rape, etc. without it being too much. He expertly weaves these issues together without boring or overwhelming the main story line. My rating changed from a 3 to a 5 by the end of the novel. I would recommend this one.
Apr 24, 2015
I was pleasantly surprised. I was thinking that it would be the typical urban/street lit book. However, it is a book that is about the story and its characters. Enjoyable and worth the read.
Mar 12, 2015
The Dog Catcher by Lloyd Johnson was a page-turner. It was hard for me to put this book down. I love that the story gives a background from her early childhood, her parent's relationship, her issues with self and relationship; it addresses homosexuality, abusive relationships, mental instabilities, and a host of other issues. Cheryl's issues can and are those of many ladies today. I love the twists, the turns, the letdowns and the wins. I have recommended this book to my family, friends and book clubs. Great job! I'm looking forward to reading some of Mr. Lloyd Johnson's other work.
Feb 20, 2015
Damn, is it one issue you didn't touch on in this book? Domestic violence, rape, homosexuality, AIDS, suicide, teen pregnancy, racism, hate crimes, gambling, abandonment, bullying, alcoholism, infidelity, hypocrisy. Did I miss anything? What I don't understand is why Cheryl took so much credit and found so much fault with herself for what happened to Plez? He deserved that and more.
Jun 11, 2014
Once I started reading this, it was practically impossible to put down. The characters come alive, baggage and all. No sugary substance here, it tells things as they are.
Lloyd is a Minnesota native, currently living in Connecticut. He is the author of The Dog Catcher, Tricks for a Trade and is currently writing his third book, The Best Possible Angle. He has dabbled in the creative arts since elementary school, but rediscovered his passion for writing in 2004, and has been working on his craft ever since.Read More...
TRICKS FOR A TRADE
2nd edition available now.
(New) THE BEST POSSIBLE ANGLE
So far So Good...
Okay, so the Book Expo America event wasn't what I expected. I thought the environment would be conducive for networking.