Leave No Trace

Kensington. (FBI K-9 Novel, Bk. 5). Dec. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781496722492. $26. M
Driscoll’s fifth entry in her “FBI K-9” series (following No Man’s Land) begins with Meg Jennings and her black lab Hawk and their partners Brian and his German shepherd Lacey on their way to Georgia to track a killer. Someone has been killing people in the rural northwest part of the state with a bow and arrow and then disappearing into the trees. After a fruitless search, the team relocates to the area from their Washington, DC, base to get an earlier start if there is another murder. Working with the local FBI agent in charge and a reporter, the investigators link the killings to a proposed new TVA dam that will flood a local valley and displace its residents. An additional complication is that the descendants of Cherokee who were driven from the area in the 19th century are planning a suit to reclaim their ancestral lands. A growing list of suspects and a quickening pace of killings make this a tense and fast-paced investigation for both the human and canine investigators.
VERDICT Fans of the series and fans of dog-focused mysteries will enjoy this outing with plenty of details of the workings of search dog teams as well as lots of local and historical color.
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