Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Atria. Aug. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781476703398. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476703411. M
After finishing up a case in Louisiana (recounted in The Sound and the Furry), partners Chet (dog) and Bernie (human) head east to visit Bernie's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Suzie, who has left Arizona and become a reporter at the Washington Post. When the duo arrives in DC, Suzie introduces them to a friend whom she says is just a source. Bernie isn't so sure, and things get more complicated when the source is found shot dead with a gun that had been in Bernie's glove box (he'd taken it off a perp earlier). Chet and Bernie now have to investigate the murder without stepping on the toes of the DC police or the shadowy government agent who has taken an interest in the case. Once again, Chet narrates as the partners deal with reluctant witnesses, possible conspiracies, a strange bird that Chet seems to be the only one to notice, and the occasional squirrel.
VERDICT Fans of the series will enjoy this latest outing, as will those who enjoy a solid murder mystery/political thriller. Anyone who loves dogs will recognize the authenticity of Chet's original perspective on life and its mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]
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