According to Kent Anderson, “that winter, broke
and jobless, out of sheer terror” he wrote the first complete draft of Sympathy for the Devil.
Shortly thereafter, he obtained a teaching job in El Paso at the University of Texas and rewrote the book several times during
his four-year stay on the border. He is also the author of Night Dogs and Liquor,
Guns and Ammo: The Collected Short Fiction and Non-Fiction of Kent Anderson.
According to the book description of Night
Dogs, “The North Precinct of Portland, Oregon, is home to two kinds of cops: sergeants and lieutenants
who've screwed up somewhere else, and patrolmen who thrive on the action on the Avenue. Officer Hanson is the second kind,
a veteran who has traded his Bronze Star for a badge. War is what Hanson knows, and in this battle for Portland's meanest
streets, he's fighting not so much for the law as for his own code of justice. Hanson is a man who seems to fear nothing--except
his own memories. And it is his past that could destroy him now: An enemy in the department is determined to bring
him down by digging into his war record and resurrecting the darkest agonies of that nightmare time. And Hanson himself
risks everything--his career, his equilibrium, even his life--when the only other survivor of his Special Forces unit comes
back into his life. Doc Dawson is a drug dealer and a killer...but he's the one man Hanson can trust.