( The Dog With The Clue )
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 fiancée Elaine Linden, on sabbatical, works on a PI license. perfect,the FBI can set Maggie up to spy on her boyfriend who might laundering cash in some geriatric mafia scheme in this follow-up to Flash Flood and Rollover.
AUTHOR: SUSAN SLATER
TITLE: HAIR OF THE DOG
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Tens of thousands of monkeys and apes suffer in animal testing labs.If just one of them could speak,what might it say and whose interests would it threaten? Researcher Liane Vinson thinks she can handle her promotion to the primate lab at Pentalon,the world’s biggest and most secretive animal testing facility.Going along to get along,she’ll ignore both the vitriol of animal rights protestors outside the front gates and the cold calculus that her bosses use to distance themselves from their subjects behind closed doors.
But when Liane discovers that one of her favorite apes,a young bonobo called Bea,has shockingly developed the ability to speak,all her doubts awaken doubts about right and wrong,about following the rules,and about sacrificing individuals to the supposedly greater good.She’d spare the unique being the knife if she could,but only Axel Flickinger,Pentagon’s cold-hearted CEO,holds the power of life and death within the closely monitored laboratory.If there’s any chance of rescuing Bea,Liane will need to involve her neighbor,Mickey Ferrone,a rough-hewn veterinarian with his own grievances.Soon,at risk of life and limb,Liana and Mickey must challenge forces almost beyond their comprehension: a malevolent corporation,a venal federal government,and animal rights movement that’s lost its way and all of our assumptions about man’s primacy in nature.
AUTHOR: J. E. FISHMAN
GENRE: Fiction,Medical Thriller