The debut novel from Canadian author Patrick Lane, Red Dog, Red Dog tells the story of two brothers in ‘50s British Columbia, and the violence that has marked their troubled domestic life.
When a family party goes hideously wrong, a spiral of chaotic events are set in motion, pushing both men to the brink.
The novel is played out against a foreboding rural landscape that is already deeply cinematic in feel, whilst the violent, tragic story seems a good fit for John Hillcoat, director of similarly stark films like
As for the cast, Jeremy Renner and Josh Brolin would make for a compelling big-screen double-act.
“Sergeant Stanley arrested Eddy, Harry having slipped away into the crowd. Richard Smythe, the town’s judge, sent him down to Boyco, the boy’s correctional school in Vancouver, despite Eddy being a year too young. Stanley wanted to teach Eddy a lesson.
So did Father. Eddy never forgot Sergeant Stanley arresting him or the year that followed in that prison. There was something dead in Eddy’s head when he came back from the coast.
The boy he’d been was no longer there, and in his place was someone gone past feeling, who thought nothing of pain, his own or anyone else’s. Even Father stepped sideways when Eddy walked behind him.”