The Keepers

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mace Reid K-9 Mysteries, Bk. 2). Jun. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781250244567. $26.99. M
Mason “Mace” Reid has a pack of cadaver dogs, but Vira is special. The young golden retriever not only finds bodies, but also latches onto the scent of the killer. Mace and Vira have just helped Chicago police officers Kippy Gimm and Dave Wabiszewski bring in the killer of a musician, when he and Vira are sent to Washington Park. Special Prosecutor Peter Feist hadn’t come home after asking the police to clear the park at 11:30 p.m. Vira finds his body, but also alerts and growls when the police superintendent and his chauffeur arrive at the scene. When the chauffeur confronts him at Feist’s funeral, Mace is scared; he and his friends realize they’re trapped in the dirtiest type of Chicago politics. After another murder, Mace and Kippy have a target on their backs, as they and the dogs search for evidence to turn over to the FBI. Mace knows he’s no hero, but his dogs are.
VERDICT The follow-up to The Finders sets a relentless pace. Corrupt politicians, the mob, a brutal killer, and a shocking death combine in a fast-paced story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary dogs. For fans of Paula Munier’s or Susan Furlong’s books featuring dogs.
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