Book One in The Dudley Files – the delightful dog comedy mystery series by Cary Robinson.
A young man nicknamed Careless by his friends (although he claims to have no friends) is coerced, then seduced, into a life partnership with a big golden-colored hound dog named Dudley (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Once Dudley is rescued from the SPCA, their man/dog bromance brings together one’s peculiar appreciation for seemingly obscure details with the other’s supremely talented schnoz. Their warehouse loft neighbors-a sharp-tongued beautiful blonde named E.D. (who has no interest in Careless, but not for a lack of trying on his part) and Sarge (a stammering throwback from the ’60s)-join the pair when road-raged, redneck friend, Birk, learns of a mystery involving their favorite country western singer.
Against the backdrop of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Careless continues to be thoroughly slobbered on by day and spooned every night by the large hound dog (not that there’s anything wrong with that either). Careless, is a fictional character concocted by Dudley, the hound dog, who swears the story is true,…well, mostly true.
If you like dogs, if you like mystery novels, if you like Texas, if you like laughing out loud, then you will surely like Sold Out Without The Holdout!