- Series: A Gideon and Sirius Novel (Book 3)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 14, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503935523
- ISBN-13: 978-1503935525
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Hailed as being “one of the best writers in the mystery field today” by Publishers Weekly, Alan Russell is the bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Guardians of the Night, Burning Man, St. Nick, Shame, Multiple Wounds, and Exposure. “He has a gift for dialogue,” raves the New York Times, while the Boston Globe calls his work “complex and genuinely suspenseful.” His books have earned him a Lefty award for best comedic mystery, a USA Today Critics’ Choice Award, two San Diego Book Awards for best mystery novel, and the Odin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the San Diego Writers/Editor Guild. A California native, Russell still resides in the Golden State with his wife and three children.
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Heather Moreland adopted a bloodhound that had been rejected many times. She put a lot of effort into building trust and making Angie a loyal companion. When she senses an intruder in her home, she pushes Angie out of a window, both to protect the dog and to possibly bring help.
Retired Detective Langston Walker, who’s son was murdered, facilitates a support group for family members who have lost someone to violent crime. He invites Gideon to attend a meeting as guest speaker. Gideon and Sirius have both gone through a life-changing trauma, and their story of survival and coping could be inspiring to the members.
Later that night, Gideon and Sirius discover an injured dog hobbling into their neighborhood. They take her to a vet, who determines through an implanted microchip, that the dog belongs to Heather, who has been missing for several days. Shortly thereafter Detective Walker dies during a mountain hike, apparently of natural causes.
The rest of the story involves pursuing the truth of both of these situations. The reader also gets to eavesdrop on the humorous banter between Gideon and his girlfriend Lisbet, bringing a bit of lightness to an otherwise dark story. Set mostly in the Los Angeles area, Russell vividly describes the many varied neighborhoods of this sprawling urban area.
I recommend this series, as well as many of Russell’s earlier book.
This one starts with Heather Moreland being awakened in her bedroom by her barking dog Angie. Someone is in her house and she thinks its her husband Emilio. A man she was getting ready to divorce. A man she had a restraining order against.
Heather adopted Angie from the pound. Angie had been adopted twice and returned. If she was returned for a third time she would be euthanized.
Angie was owned by uncaring people. She was left tied out and neighborhood kids threw rocks at her. She lost an eye to a rock. She wasn't fed or given water on any regular basis. She was basically forgotten in the yard till her uncaring owners dumped her at the pound. Angie isn't friendly or trusting of humans.
Heather adopted her anyway and it took a year before Angie trusted her enough to wag her tail and act like a normal dog. Of course the first six months were the worst. Angie tore up everything in the house while Heather was at work. Now Heather and Angie are partners.
Heather had grown up in a house where her father beat her mother daily. A mother who had mental health issues. Her Father finally killed her mother and landed in jail. Both Heather and her brother landed in foster care. At age eighteen Heather was on her own and her brother overdosed on drugs and died. Heather was alone.
Heather was dyslexic and learning was hard for her but she made it through college and got a job with Disney Studio's. A very good job with loads of responsibility. She met and married Emilio which she soon found was a mistake. A mistake she's doing her best to rectify.
Right now Heather doesn't want Angie hurt so she gets her bedroom window open and pushs Angie out after removing her collar and tracker. The collar she drops on the floor and the tracker she attaches to her pajama top. Then she turns to face the door. She is tased and drugged using a cloth and chloroform. She will become a missing person.
Detective Michael Gideon and his German Shepherd K-9 partner Sirius are on the way to a meeting. The meeting is with the 187 Club which is comprised of the families of those who have been murdered. Gideon is the guest speaker because of his history with the Weatherman.
Retired Detective Langston Walker heads up the group. A group he founded when his youngest son was killed in a drive by shooting. He was the unintended victim of gang warfare. Its a club Walker feels is badly needed.
After the meeting Walker and Gideon have dinner. Walker is a man Gideon likes a lot.
Several days later Gideon is awakened by Sirius pawing at him and whining. He can hear coyote's but in his neighborhood that's nothing unusual. Sirius wants out so Michael gets up and heads out with his dog. Sirius heads off towards the sound of Coyotes, coyote's who are leaving hurriedly after hearing Sirius coming.
This is when Gideon finds a dog. A Bloodhound mix. A dog who he figures was struck by a car. The pads of her feed are worn and bloody. This dog has come a long way as her mangled pads show. Gideon will get her to the vet and try to find her owner. He does find out her name. Angie.
So begins another great Gideon and Sirius read.
This one has Gideon, Sirius, Angie, an Angie's who's nose is the key to the case, something Gideon doesn't figure out until its almost to late. Lisbet, Heather, Seth, Walker, Cruz, Reyes the Burbank Detective who gets the case of the missing Heather Moreland, Dr. Barron who is Cruz's therapist, a bunker Heather finds herself in, rape, abuse, a captor playing games with Heather, Walker who dies on a trailhead, a Gideon who suspects his death was anything but accidental, James Rhodes a member of the 187 Club, a man who isn't what he appears to be, murder, attempted murder, Savannah Walker who gives Gideon permission to go through her husbands papers, a Gideon looking for a clue to Walker death, a truck that's run into Gideon's parked vehicle, a man who tries to cover a dazed Gideon with gasoline, a Sirius who damned near takes off that mans arm, a Lisbet who has to come to get Sirius away so EMT's can take care of an unconscious Gideon, a Gideon waking up and finally putting two and two together, a Gideon and Sirius along with a driver who pick up Angie, and Angie who's nose leads the way and Michael Gideon and Sirius getting there in the nick of time, getting the bad guy and saving a life.
Five Stars and then some. As a lifelong owner of German Shepherds Sirius really rocks. I've done Shutzhund, obedience and herding with these noble dogs. If you get a good one you have the best dog on the planet bar none.