Poisoned Pen Press
On Sale: September 6, 2011
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Mystery Private Eye | Thriller P.I.
Something terrifying is happening to the dogs in the
mountain community of Mason County, Virginia. Pets are
vanishing mysteriously and "Missing Dog" posters cover the
waiting room walls at Dr. Rachel Goddard's veterinary
clinic. A pack of feral canines roams at night, attacking
livestock in a desperate search for food. Now a prominent
physician, Gordon Hall, has been found dead in his yard, his
throat torn open. Sheriff's Department investigator Tom
Bridger believes the killing was premeditated murder, with a
trained attack dog as the weapon.
Are these seemingly coincidental events related somehow? Tom
thinks they are, and he suspects they're connected to the
resurgence of an old problem: illegal dog-fighting.
Dr. Hall's son insists that the feral dogs killed his
father, and he organizes a group of men to find and shoot
the animals. Rachel and her friend Holly Turner make enemies
by trying to rescue the dogs and move them to the sanctuary
Holly has created. Tom, in love with Rachel and worried
about her safety, must divide his time between the feral dog
problem, the search for the dog-fighting operation, and the
hunt for Gordon Hall's killer.
Does one of Hall's five children-three adopted, all
emotionally starved by their parents-hold the key to his
murder? Why is the youngest Hall child so frightened that
she begs Rachel, a stranger, for help? Tom and Rachel face
two killers, one human and one canine, and discover a more
complex web of lies and brutality than they ever imagined.
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