Reviews of Bird Dog (1997)
Review by michael a draper (2015-11-10)
Most of us have preconceptions of dealing with a car salesman and with "Bird Dog," the actions of one car salesman definitely takes a downward step.
Harold Dodge is familiar with the tricks of a car dealer. He has worked in that industry and written a book about it. although his present job is as an engineer.
He's an overweight man who has a problem with his image. However, he's flattered when a pretty co-worker named Marianna asks for his help. She purchased a car from a dealer and traded in her own car for it. After reading the contract and what was supposed to be included in the purchase price, she feels that she was taken advantage of. Now she wants to reverse the transaction.
When Harold and Marianna get to the return to the dealership, her car is no longer on the lot. The flashy salesman wonders is Harold might be an investigator from the DMV so is careful and asks them to let him research it and return again.
Marianne tries to finish the transaction and returns on her own to unwind the sale. However during this time, she unwittingly takes a document that would incriminate the man who runs the dealership.
During this time, the central office of the dealership sends representatives to examine the operation and take steps in removing the shady manager.
Reed describes the action well as the criminals vie for power and attempt to bluff their way out of the predicament This allows the reader to see the hypocrisy and conniving that goes on..
Harold's heart is won by Marianne and he puts himself in danger in working with the unscrupulous salesman.
The action at the auto dealership and the situations that the characters find themselves in reminded me of the writing of the great Elmore Leonard.
I was drawn to the story and seeing the action unfold even though I wasn't drawn to any of the characters.
(This review refers to the expression titled “Bird Dog”.)