THE WRONG DOG
NYC private eye Rachel Alexander -- former dog trainer who works with her pitbull partner, Dashiell -- takes on her strangest case yet in THE WRONG DOG.
Sophie Gordon is an epileptic who lives with Blanche, a bull terrier who has the ability to alert Sophie when a seizure's coming on. Seizure-alert dogs are extremely rare, and the much-loved Blanche has truly saved Sophie, enabling her to work and live a normal life for the past nine years.
Two years ago, a bioengineering firm approached Sophie about cloning Blanche for her alerting ability. She agreed, and received an adorable puppy, Bianca, who is Blanche's replica in every way -- except for seizure alerting. Sophie wants Rachel to find the firm -- which has mysteriously disappeared -- to tell them that the puppies didn't inherit Blanche's ability.
Rachel doubts Bianca's a clone but agrees to look into it. Two days later, Sophie's been murdered and Rachel is attacked. She still doesn't believe the cloning story, but something's going on worth killing for -- and she's got to figure it out before she's the next victim.
This is one of the best P.I. series around -- I love Rachel and Dash! They've got attitude, smarts and compassion in spades. Benjamin, who's been both a dog trainer and a P.I., knows her stuff and spins a fascinating tale. (Nov., 240 pp., $23.95)