Before 49 Buddhas, there was Wolf.
Johnny Wolfe carries his dog Sindra in a vial that he keeps in his pocket. He carries her out of loyalty. He carries her out of guilt. He carries her because there are no more dogs in this world, and he needs to connect with her feral nature, so that he might take her inside himself and feel her animal wildness.
Johnny’s life is in shambles. His sales career at Bulldog Enterprises is on the blink. On his way to work one day, he witnesses a colleague being killed by a dog. But with dogs now extinct, how is this possible? Can he believe what’s he’s seeing? Going through his colleague’s dead body, Johnny discovers the man is carrying a rather sizeable sales order. Needing a sale, and figuring “he’s dead, I’m not”, Johnny decides to place the order as his own.
Except he can’t figure out what product the colleague was selling. And as he gets closer to understanding, Johnny realizes it has something to do with why the dogs are returning, and why they’re so angry, and why they are focusing their anger on him.
What folks are saying about Wolf
With intrigue, horror, and, yes, humor, Jim Ringel spins a classic boy and his dog tale unlike any you’ve read before. Ringel manages to provide a rollicking adventure filled with danger and suspense, while giving us insight into what it means to be human in a sometimes inhuman world.
Gary Schanbacher, author of Crossing Purgatory & Migration Patterns
In Jim Ringel’s moody noir, the dogs are all dead and society is drifting feral. Blood, howling and fangs tear open a story that is intense but reflective and constantly surprising.
Mike Cooper, author of Silas Cade Series
A Hell so horrible that I’d never even considered it: a world without dogs.
Benjamin Whitmer, author of Cry Father