SOURCE: Ric Browde was not always a writer. He started his career off as a producer of rock music. He includes the bands Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to his credits. Which is probably why his first book is about the same subject.
While I’m dead.. Feed the Dog is based loosely on Browde’s life in a small town in America in 1975. I have to say loosely because if it were all true there would be a few policemen wanting to talk to Mr Browde and maybe a few of those nice people from the Mafia.
Ric’s mother has just tried to kill herself and left several notes for friends and neighbours including one that read “While I’m dead..Feed the Dog.” Which the local police department find highly amusing. Ric starts milking the sympathy for all it is worth and ends up getting back stage tickets for a David Bowie concert, where a grateful groupie helps Ric lose his virginity. Although happy at this, he would have been happier if he’s have been shagging Nina, the girl with the best body in the school.
Now that is where the story could have started to lose its appeal. But due to a quirk of fate, including two dead Latin teachers, a crash involving a car full of nuns, Ric somehow becomes best friends with a Mafia boss. Ric doesn’t join the Mafia, but it doesn’t stop him letting everyone think he has. In fact he will do everything he can in his power to make it sound true, even down to getting his father locked up for being the head of a Mafia family. If it means getting to sleep with Nina, he’d sell his own sisters body.
Which he does.
This book is full of lying, deceit, bags full of money, naked pictures of a certain school girl, Mafia murders, dead Latin teachers, riots at cinemas, numerous efforts at getting laid. And a band called Suckerpunch.
Once you have got past all the Americanisms in this book you’ll find While I’m Dead… Feed the Dog well worth reading.