Monday, June 29, 2020
The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton
A serial killer, a rookie police officer, and a trainer of cadaver dogs converge, but it's Vira who is the star of this fast-paced book. Officer Kippy Gimm rescues a golden retriever puppy from death by carbon monoxide poisoning. However, as much as Kippy would like to have the puppy, Mace Reid, a dog trainer, is the one who is given the dog. He's also the one who discovers Vira's unique abilities.
Vira has an uncanny ability to find bodies, but then she attacks a man who is in the crowd watching the police at a crime scene. The order is given to put her down, but Mace is desperate to save the young dog. He breaks into the house where Vira's victim lives. Mace rescues a woman who has been imprisoned there, and saves Vira from her fate. But, he's attacked while in the house, and his attempted killer dies. It's then that he unwittingly makes himself a target for a determined killer. It takes several attempts on Mace's life, and several saves by Vira, before Mace and Kippy realize someone is tracking him. Now the dog trainer is a witness and a participant in the search for a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for years. It's Vira's ability to scent a killer that will send Officer Gimm and Mace Reid into a final confrontation.
While The Finders is called "A Mace Reid K9 Mystery", and Reid is the narrator, Vira, the "K-9" partner, is actually the star of this new series. She has remarkable abilities. Anyone who loves fast-moving mysteries featuring hero dogs will want to try Burton's latest.
Jeffrey B. Burton's website is www.jeffreybburton.com
The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2020. ISBN 9781250244536 (hardcover), 288p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.