Dog Fight by Michael J. Malone


About the book:

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Kenny O’Neill, a villain with a conscience, returns in a hard-hitting thriller of exploitation, corruption and criminal gangs. When Kenny’s cousin, Ian, comes to the aid of a fellow ex-squaddie in a heap of trouble, he gets caught up in the vicious underground fight scene, where callous criminals prey on the vulnerable, damaged and homeless. With Ian in too deep to escape, Kenny has no option other than to infiltrate the gang for the sake of his family. Kenny is an experienced MMA fighter, as tough as they come, but has he found himself in the one fight he can never win?

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About the author:

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Michael Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe.

He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Don’t ask.

BLOOD TEARS, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge:Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he added a “J” to his name to differentiate it from the work of his talented U.S. namesake.

He is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website and his blog, May Contain Nuts can be found at

He can be found on twitter – @michaelJmalone1


My thoughts:

Dog Fight is a Scottish crime/gangland thriller that follows Kenny O’Neill and his cousin Ian. Ian gets into a spot of bother after trying to help out his friend Dom and he doesn’t bank on the hassle that he gets in the aftermath.

Ian gets dragged into the world of underground fighting. Basically beating the living daylights out of an opponent until they can’t take anymore. When Kenny finds out where Ian has disappeared off to, he has little option left but to try and find a way into the fights to see if he can reach his cousin.

What follows is a dark and gritty tale of violence and retribution. The elements of the gangland culture that are woven into the novel make for interesting reading. Power and greed also play a large part in Dog Fight, in many different ways.

I don’t usually read books that have a gangland type theme as I’m not the biggest fan of them. That being said, Dog Fight is a decent read. It has some shady characters, and more than one story going on. I think if you enjoy the likes of Martina Cole et al, then you would enjoy Dog Fight immensely.


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