From Publishers Weekly
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