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No Going Back Hardcover – May 1, 2010

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Book 1 of 3 in the Daniel Whelan Series

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Starred Review. This stellar first in a new series from British author Stacey (Cut Throat) introduces Daniel Whelan, a 28-year-old former police officer, and his retired police dog, Taz. Daniel has left his wife and his eight-year-old son, Drew, to begin a new life in Devon, working as a delivery man for a farm supply company. When two sisters, 15-year-old Katya and 12-year-old Elena Reynolds, go missing on Dartmoor, Daniel can't refuse joining in the hunt. A glove of Elena's provides a scent for Taz, a German shepherd, to follow. That the girls' father, judging from his accent, might be Eastern European provides a possible clue to their fate. Meanwhile, Daniel must deal with the effect his separation has had on Drew as well as the consequences of his dismissal from the police force. Vivid descriptions of Devon complement a compelling mystery, which builds to a dramatic conclusion. Even nondog lovers will eagerly await the next installment featuring Taz and his handler. (June)
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Mystery author Stacey’s new series features 28-year-old ex-cop Daniel Whelan and his retired police dog, Taz. After Taz finds a lost child and is featured on the front page, Daniel gets a call asking for help in locating a missing teenager and her sister. He is able to locate the younger girl, but the terror on her face and the strangeness of her “father” and “uncle” make him suspicious. Putting his job as a lorry driver on the line, Daniel, with Taz’s help, begins to investigate, unable to resist the lure of an unsolved crime. Daniel’s own secret past makes it next to impossible for him to cooperate with the local police, and things get even more complicated when Daniel learns that the local police may be corrupt. In this tense and fast-moving story, Daniel is assisted by his sympathetic boss and two local horse trainers after the older girl shows up looking for work as a stable hand. With lots of potential as a series, this is recommended for most crime collections. --Jessica Moyer

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727868837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727868831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on July 12, 2010
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There are plenty of protagonists who are ex-cops turned PIs. On the other hand, there is but one former handler of police dogs who was forced off the force and now drives a truck delivering animal feed. Throw in a horsey atmosphere, a la Dick Francis, and you have the makings of a first-rate British mystery, which
"No Going Back" certainly is.

Daniel Whelan, a ten-year veteran of the police force, was frozen out by his fellow workers after he disclosed detrimental information about the loss of evidence. He not only lost his job, but his marriage as well, and is also separated from his eight-year-old son. His only constant companion is Taz, a German shepherd retired as a police dog after being injured. Sort of a Rin Tin Tin and Lassie all rolled up into one, Taz is a super-dog in the grand tradition, and of course plays a major role in the novel.

Daniel is called one day by a distraught "father" who asks him to bring his dog to locate his missing daughters, lost on the moor. Reluctantly, he helps, finding the younger of the two sisters before giving up the hunt. Not satisfied, Daniel returns the next day, locating the other missing girl, but, frightened, she runs off. Somehow, they ultimately reconnect, and gradually Dan gets some information from the girl leading to a thrilling plot, with lots of danger to all.

A very enjoyable read, and recommended.
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Lyndon Stacey brings her strong characters and descriptive settings to this new series. In addition to the suspense generated by the human characters, there is always that frisson of fear that Daniel's dog will come to harm. An excellent read.
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By Aussie on March 4, 2012
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Well Written .Well put together.Always a good read,Lyndon Stacey is an excellent author,I have read all of this authors books an d have not been dissapointed.
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By Bill Andrew on December 25, 2014
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Enjoyed it very much, looking forward to reading the other two Lyndon Stacey books i have.
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