Craig Holt reading from Hard Dog to Kill
Join us for an evening with Craig Holt, author of the new book, Hard Dog to Kill. Friday, September 28 at 6pm.
In Hard Dog to Kill, Stan Mullens is an American mercenary in the Congo who sees himself as a good guy with a bad job. Stan’s self-assigned mission to protect his long-time brother-in-arms, Frank, takes a serious hit when their boss sends them on an unsupported mission into the jungle to track and kill Tonde Chiora, a former company employee accused of stealing vital company mining technology.
As their mission takes them deep into the violent heart of the Congo, Stan soon discovers that his victim hasn’t done anything to warrant being murdered. And as he struggles to survive the jungle, his enemies, and Frank’s random acts of violent stupidity, he finds himself increasingly drawn in by the innocence and optimism of the man he is supposed to kill. With his enemies closing in and his friendship with Frank falling apart, Stan has to make a dangerous choice between his old loyalties and his new friends. Maybe hardest of all, he has to make peace with the realization that despite what he’s told himself all these years, he is not one of the good guys.
“This darkly comic debut has more plot twists and traps than the Congo River, and memorable characters who lingered in my mind for weeks. It’s smart, relentless, violent, and curiously introspective.”
—Beth Jusino, author of Choosing Higher Ground: Working and Living in the Values Economy
Craig Holt is the author of three books, four screenplays, and many short stories. When he is not writing, he is reading. By day he is a professional in Seattle’s world-renowned coffee industry. Previously, he was an expedition leader for an eco-tourism company, and between the two jobs, he has been lucky enough to visit more than seventy countries, with stops on all seven continents. He has participated in many sports throughout his life—including football, wrestling, rugby, soccer, and Taekwondo. He has completed marathons, iron-distance triathlons, and ultra-marathons. Craig lives in Seattle with his incredible wife and kids, in an old house full of books.