It sounds like some work and mostly play when United Life and Casualty sends its investigator Dan Mahoney to Florida.Five greyhounds all heavily insured were lost in a fire at the Daytona dog track. So simple.Five dogs dead by smoke inhalation,bagged,tagged,and cremated.Papers all in order. Ashes in specialty urns on the desk of Dixie Halifax,track and casino co-owner.
In jail,a young employee charged with arson to cover a murder he’s blamed for committing.Then the body of kennel owner Jackson Sanchez is found face down in a pool of blood,a knife stuck in his back.But Sanchez didn’t die from a knife wound.Someone has carved thief on his forehead.The blood pooled underneath his body isn’t his.Should Dan be looking for a second corpse? And the one man who can answer questions,the track vet,dies in a motorcycle accident.Working this case is not as complicated for Dan as having his mother Maggie move into the FBI s favorite mob slob haven in nearby Palm Coast,while his fiancee Elaine Linden,on sabbatical,works on a PI license.Perfect the FBI can set Maggie up to spy on her boyfriend who may be laundering cash in some geriatric mafia scheme in this follow-up to Flash Flood and Rollover.
AUTHOR: SUSAN SLATER
TITLE: HAIR OF THE DOG