Shoot the Dog

Shoot the Dog by Brad Smith

A couple of self-important movie producers make rancher Virgil Cain an offer he can’t refuse, in Brad Smith’s “Shoot the Dog.” They’ll give him $500 a day to rent his work horses, and another $500 for Virgil to be on set as the wrangler. Not that Virgil wants to hang around a movie set, but his taxes are coming due soon. Readers who enjoy Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey will enjoy the not-quite-right characters who make up the movie crew.