Wow! Loved The Drop by Dennis Lehane. I had just finished another good (but really long) book so I picked this short book (around 200 pages) to read next and read it straight through. What a great story! Bob, a quiet guy who has a steady job and lives alone, is walking home from work and hears whimpering coming from a trash can. After emptying out the stuff on top, he discovers a hurt pit bull puppy, and although he knows nothing about dogs, he gives his heart to the puppy and decides to keep it. His new friend Nadia helps him take care of it, and the puppy flourishes. Unfortunately, not too long afterwards, a thug named Eric shows up at Bob’s house and says the puppy is his, and even though Eric abused it, no one else is allowed to have it. There are other elements to this story: Chechnyan mobsters, Bob’s boss’ criminal aspirations, and Eric’s criminal life, but of course I honed in on the animal part. Happily, the dog does not die, and almost everyone in the story underestimates Bob. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those who do not think they have enough of an attention span to read longer novels.