Scent of Murder

James O. Born. Forge, $25.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7653-7847-7
Dog-lovers will welcome Born's intriguing crime novel, which introduces Palm Beach County, Fla., sheriff's deputy Tim Hallett and his K-9 companion, Rocky. Hallett was a detective until his illegal handling of a criminal suspect, Arnold Ludner, got him fired, even though he probably saved a girl's life. Ludner, now out of jail, is a suspect in an escalating series of attacks, and Hallett, now in the K-9 unit, would love to see him caught. Handlers and dogs—Hallett and his Belgian Malinois, dedicated Claire Perkins and her German Shepherd, Darren Mori (who envies Claire and her attack dog) and his Golden Retriever—all play important roles in the department's search for the perpetrator. In a separate story line, the attacks of a man called Junior increase as the compulsion that drives him intensifies. Born (Burn Zone) does a fine job of detailing the skills of dogs and handlers, though his attribution of thoughts and motives to the dogs may not be to every reader's taste. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/27/2015
Release date: 04/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-4668-6162-6
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