cover image Breaking Creed

Breaking Creed

Alex Kava. Putnam, $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-399-17076-8

Bestseller Kava introduces Ryder Creed, who has started his own search-dog business after serving in a K9 unit in the Marines, in this superior introduction to a new thriller series. In the Gulf of Mexico, off Pensacola, Fla., Creed and his team inspect a commercial fishing vessel, which the authorities suspect is being used to smuggle drugs. Unexpectedly, one of Creed’s dogs uncovers human cargo hidden in the hold—five filthy children who appear to be Americans. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell, the star of the author’s other series (Stranded, etc.), tries to identify a floater found in the Potomac with marks of torture. O’Dell and Creed later unite in Alabama to search the property of another murder victim, who may have been tied to stakes in the ground atop a mound of fire ants. Romance fans will enjoy following how the attraction between O’Dell and Creed plays out. Dog lovers will also find a lot to like. Author tour. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media. (Jan.)