This is the working title of my next book about my cousin's late award winning police dog, Villain, which I have been writing on and off for far too long. Heavy persuasion from writing group leader, Nik, made me drop the lack of time excuse and just write something to get going again.
Service not self 'Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity,
and all the virtues of man without his vices.'
This quote which begins the book is from John Hobhouse's 1808 epitaph to Boatswain, Lord Byron's dog, surely one of the best canine epitaphs ever, especially for a working dog. You sense from Villain's bearing and alert eyes, kept on Graham, his handler, his eagerness to be off on the next job and abandon the obligatory courtesies to even this dog-loving relative.
It's almost two years since I published In Our Fathers' Footsteps (see under BOOKS). My latest book, One Dog and His Cop, about my cousin's police dog,was published 30 November this year (see under BOOKS).