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Bloodhound in Blue: The True Tales of Police Dog JJ and His Two-Legged Partner [Kindle Edition]

Adam David Russ
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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He was born in rural Missouri, and it was immediately clear that he was different from the rest. He caught his first criminal when he was just two years old. By his sixth birthday, he had located burglars, rapists, drug dealers, missing children, and murderers—including Utah’s most wanted criminal. Known to friends as JJ, to law enforcement as Michael Serio’s partner, and by captured criminals as “that damned dog,” Jessie Jr. was an exceptionally talented bloodhound, baying like a sea lion that had swallowed a fog horn. Before JJ, few police departments in the West used bloodhounds, and none in Utah. But just when JJ finally convinced naysayers, he and Officer Serio ran into something worse than resistance: the despair of failure amid high hope. JJ had been tracking Brian David Mitchell, the man who abducted Elizabeth Smart, when he was pulled off the track. Elizabeth later told investigators that on the day she was kidnapped she heard a dog baying in the woods behind her. In almost nine years of service, JJ helped apprehend nearly 300 criminal suspects in the Salt Lake City area. Here is his remarkable story, fleas and all.



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A San Francisco Book Review Five-Star Review

"Moving on several interweaving levels, like the finely told tale it is. ... Russ [has a] finesse in wording. ... This story is refreshing, portraying the decent intensity of a good officer. ... You come away from this book with a sense of having been there, of having slobber on your clothes."
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"With a whiff of humor, a scent of adventure, and a partnership for the ages, Bloodhound in Blue shows what a good dog can do when given the chance to follow his instincts--and his nose."
Jim Gorant, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lost Dogs and Wallace
 

"Combines the best of animal lore with police procedurals ... Adam David Russ describes JJ so vividly that you'll feel as though you've been by this dog's side, cheering him on as he sniffs his way toward the status of canine legend."
Brenda Miller, Pushcart Prize-winning author of Blessing of the Animals and Listening against the Stone
 

"Deeply engaging, Bloodhound in Blue is an inspiring lesson in hope and dedication packed with solid depth and bursting with panache around every corner."
Seattle Kennel Club

"An amazing story."
--KUTV News
 

"Full of action ... [and] adrenaline-producing stories involving Serio and JJ apprehending criminals ... Bloodhound in Blue is a well-researched book that ... can delight dog-lovers, crime-novel enthusiasts, and everyone in between."
--Deseret News 

"Moving."
--Davis Enterprise
 

"Shows what a fantastically great dog can do to help the police locate criminals. Humorous, filled with adventure . . . Great book to read."
―American Dog Magazine

About the Author

Adam David Russ is assistant editor of the Blue Moon Literary & Art Review. His short stories have appeared in Paradigm, The Battered Suitcase, and the collection All in the Game. They have garnered awards from Writer's Digest, The Baltimore Review, and New Millennium Writings and have been performed at Stories on Stage. He lives with his wife and son in Northern California.

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  • File Size: 1532 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (July 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMI8S8S
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great JJ. July 12, 2013
By K.C.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having also been very familiar with the subjects of this book, I may be somewhat biased, but still highly recommend this book to just about anyone. It is a beautifully written book about one very determined, talented Police Officer and his one of kind dog, the also determined, regal, sensitive, and amazingly talented, JJ.

Adam Russ has captured the personalities perfectly. The descriptions of the tracks and captures of "bad guys" and locating the missing are spot on. I was there for some of the successes, and some of the failures, (it's a true story after all) and they were truly something to watch. JJ hot on a track, nose to ground, baying to the City he was coming was a remarkable sight.

Russ also begins each chapter with a description of the features of the Bloodhound along with some history with origins of the Bloodhound and describing why they are so beneficial in police work which adds to making this a special read. I was so happy to see this story written. This was one dog that deserved his own book.

This is a great tribute to a very special creature, five years gone now, but will always be remembered by many. And a great accolade to a very tenacious Police Officer, whose strength in character and support of a loving family and friends made it all possible.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Allen C
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Once I picked up this book, I could not finish it until the end. The book has a well blended mixture of stories about "JJ" a Bloodhound who was owned and handled by Officer Mike Serio. It tells the story of how Mike and JJ beat the odds, by not only becoming the best tracking team in an urban environment, but the challenges he faced getting there.

There are several 'stories' out there about bloodhounds doing phenomenal things, but most are just that, stories. The pitfalls and successes documented in this book are backed by real life finds and criminal arrests (over 300 of them!).

Having had the pleasure of knowing JJ and following his tail, reading the book was quite emotional, to say the least. I will probably read it many times over my lifetime. Mike and JJ (RIP) are a true inspiration to us all, regardless of what obstacles we may face in life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament to Initiative, Courage, and Tenacity August 4, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Adam Russ has written more than a warm and fuzzy dog story. His Bloodhound in Blue is a testament to the initiative, courage, and tenacity of police officer Mike Serio and his canine partner, JJ, in overcoming bureaucratic resistance to enlisting the skills of a well-trained tracker.

You'll enjoy the author's wry sense of humor as he relates the misadventures of Salt Lake City's more intellectually challenged criminals and their efforts to evade capture by a goofy, good-natured klutz who needs help getting over fences. Even more, you'll be touched by the confidence and trust both man and dog develop for each other as they become an unbeatable team.

Bloodhound in Blue has all the elements of any good story: adventure, suspense, danger, laughter, and tears. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO YOU WANT TO GO TO WORK? ----- Go Find! July 23, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Responding to the question, "Do you want to go to work?" - and the command ,"Go find!", JJ goes into action sniffing, tracing, tracking, following the scent of suspects, finds them, corners them, bays incessantly, slobbering on them, holding them until his human handler and friend, police officer Serio and the police team arrive to take the suspect into custody. JJ is a loveable hounddog, raised,groomed, taught and trained by Officer Serio. This book is an engrossing, riveting,alternately tense and laughable account of JJ's journey from puppy to acceptance into the K9 squad of the Salt Lake City police force. Yes, K9 squad. Like any neophyte entering the workplace, JJ had to prove that he had the necessary skill, determination and fortitude to do the job. His performance with Officer Serio brings about the creation of a Bloodhound program and today's current use of Bloodhounds and German Shepards working together as one formidable K9 squad. A hard fought battle and win for Officer Serio, a triumph for JJ and a suspects worst nightmare. As one suspect so aptly put it, on page 218, "I would have gotten away except for that d---- dog!"

Photos are included of JJ with his human family, Officer Serio, his wife Lisa and their baby, Mikaela - and of JJ's visit to Shriners Hospital for children where he comforted and charmed children propelling them into uncontrollable giggles. Regrettably JJ was taken off the Elizabeth Smart missing person abduction initial trail search. JJ was hot on her trail, following her scent. She heard him baying from a distance, coming up that arduous dangerous, unforgiving mountain terrain, behind her and her abductors. But JJ was called back, not permitted to continue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting from cover to cover! July 23, 2013
By Molmac
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What a delight! The writing is crisp, clean, and fast-paced. Russ leads you right alongside JJ as he lurches around corners, gets hoisted over fences, and sniffs under bushes looking for the bad buys. I did not take a breath for the last 50 pages. If only a book, and a dog, did not have to end. I was ready to keep reading about and cheering for JJ, the ultimate underdog. Go bloodhounds!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nosey Dog
Great Book
Published 12 days ago by Terry North
5.0 out of 5 stars HAD to get this book after readking Elizabeth Smart's "My Story."
JJ was the dog set on Elizabeth's trail, but she was not found that day. I won't spoil alert the reasons why not, but I really wanted to know why. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LYNN
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like dogs, you'll enjoy this book
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting to see how this young policeman learned how to teach the dog to track and how he managed to get him accepted for police work.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodhound in blue
This story just grabbed hold and didn't let go. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who is a dog lover.
Published 2 months ago by Coffeedrinker
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloodhounds, what an asset!
I learned so much about bloodhounds. Every police department should invest in a bloodhound as part of their K9 unit.
Published 3 months ago by Roberta Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodhound in Blue
An excellent read. Lots of good information about dogs that work with the police and fired departments. Don't pass it up.
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Friary
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Informative
It is not an epic tale. It is not great literature. It is a heartwarming true story about a terrific dog and his influence on a community, a police department and particularly on... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Monica K
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved it - heartwarming. Wasn't a dull moment on it. Made me laugh and made me cry. Great book for dog lovers
Published 4 months ago by Emory
5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF POLICE WORK
Whether dogs are an interest or not, this is a great read. A true and moving history of a family and its life's work.
Published 5 months ago by Alison K. Diamond
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I loved finding out about the way Bloodhounds are so superior in tracking. The part about Elizabeth Smart was fascinating. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

Adam David Russ is assistant editor of the Blue Moon Literary & Art Review. His short stories have appeared in Paradigm, The Battered Suitcase, and the collection All in the Game. They have garnered awards from Writer's Digest, The Baltimore Review, and New Millennium Writings and have been performed at Stories on Stage. A former military brat, Peace Corps volunteer, economist, and mathematics teacher, Adam is currently working on his next narrative nonfiction book. He lives in Northern California with his wife and son.

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