What do you do if you’re an aerospace giant denied funding for a predator drone you’ve spent years designing, and you want to ensure that Congress provides funds for your top-secret project targeting China? If you’re Groepping-Sprunt, you tell your lobbyist, Walter “Bird” McIntyre, to plant false stories in the media about the imminent threat that China poses to the United States. Of course, there’s always a chance that officials in Washington and Beijing might take those stories too seriously, and the two countries move closer and closer to full-scale war. That’s the premise of Christopher Buckley’s ingenious new satire, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? Among the far-fetched plot elements are an attempt by Chinese operatives to poison the Dalai Lama. As if that would ever happen.
My full review appears at Bookreporter.com.