Johansen once again blends science and the supernatural into a uniquely gripping tale that plays off the bond between man and animals. In a Johansen novel, the action is always intense and the stakes high, but the emotional temperature of this story makes it a blockbuster. It's one of her best.

Veterinarian and search-and-rescue expert Devon Brady has no idea that doing surgery on a gunshot black Lab named Ned will change her life forever. Jude Marrok has been living under extreme circumstances for years in an attempt to protect his gifted and unique dogs. A ruthless billionaire named Danner will stop at nothing to obtain the secrets they embody.

Whether she likes it or not, Devon is now a part of Marrok's world and a guardian to these extraordinary dogs. But the potential money and power the dogs represent can make it difficult to know who to trust. With all that is at stake, some won't think twice about killing. (ST. MARTIN'S, Oct., 384 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith