From Publishers Weekly
In the seventh spare and elegant Rachel Alexander mystery from Shamus-winner Benjamin (This Dog for Hire
, etc.), the Greenwich Village PI finds to her surprise that she's been named executor of the will of a barely known neighbor. New York City cop Tim O'Fallon shared less than a sentence with Rachel during a post-9/11 support group, where her astute side-pup, Dashiell, provided pet therapy. She remembers a brooding man who seemed little helped by Dash's talents. Rachel takes O'Fallon's accidental shooting at face value until she views the scene. Her sharp instincts, bested only by those of her hardworking dog, are aroused when she reads a cryptic note from the deceased's sister. The apathy of O'Fallon's siblings causes Alexander to look deeper into a scarring family tragedy. O'Fallon's partner, Det. Michael Brody, quietly adds steam to the story; he's one of many genuine, quirky characters who contribute to the effortless believability of this page-turner. Benjamin's expert sleight-of-hand storytelling transforms the heart of New York into an intimate village. Her quiet observations and understated prose aptly evoke the atmosphere of the recovering metropolis. Even die-hard mystery readers will keep guessing until the end.
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PI Rachel Alexander is stunned to find she has been named the executor of police officer Timothy O'Fallon's estate, since she only knew the suicide victim from a series of post-9/11 pet-therapy sessions she worked with her pit bull, Dashiell. While she tries to understand O'Fallon's reasons for choosing her, Rachel begins to settle the dead man's affairs; delving into his past, however, leads her to question whether his death was really caused by suicide. Soon she has launched her own murder investigation. Numerous suspects are available, as O'Fallon had opened his home to various men who had been in trouble. Set firmly in post-9/11 New York City, this fifth in a popular series combines the appeal of its heroine--Rachel is a loner in the tradition of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone--with an absorbing plot and a cast of quirky secondary characters, including, of course, Rachel's inseparable companion, her dog, Dash. Fans of Lanier's bloodhound series will appreciate the pet-therapy and the victim recovery training details. Sue O'BrienCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved