Ray Midge's wife runs off with her ex-boyfriend, Ray's American Expess card, and his beloved Ford Torino. Ray will stop at nothing to get his car back, with or without his wife. Following a trail of credit card receipts, he tracks the fugitive lovers through 1970s Central America. Along the way he befriends an eccentric con artist named Dr. Reo Symes, whose constant scheming and escalating medical problems may either aid or thwart Ray's mission.
Charles Portis has been called the best American writer you've never heard of, with characters as unique and authentic as they are idiosyncratic. The Dog of the South is perhaps one of the funniest modern adventure stories of American literature, the quest of a witty and resourceful man in search of an honest woman, or at least a reliable car.