Collared by David Rosenfelt
(An Andy Carpenter Novel)

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Rosenfelt’s matchless gift for feather-light exposition that hurtles along without ever feeling rushed or foggy allows him to keep the complications coming until nearly the end. It’s only the denouement that feels as if a lesser ghostwriter, perhaps an obliging pooch, had taken over.
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Lawyer Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn’t that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog’s embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog. He is the “DNA dog.”

Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman was a single mother of an adopted baby. Her baby and dog were kidnapped in broad daylight in Eastside Park, and they haven’t been seen since. A tip came in that ID’d a former boyfriend of Hickman’s, Keith Wachtel, as the kidnapper. A search of his house showed no sign of the child but did uncover more incriminating evidence, and the clincher that generated Wachtel’s arrest was some dog hair, notable since Wachtel did not have a dog. DNA tests showed conclusively that the hair belonged to Hickman’s dog. Wachtel was convicted of kidnapping, but the dog and baby were never found.

Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light, and the search for the child renewed. Goaded by his wife’s desire to help a friend and fellow mother and Andy’s desire to make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy and his team enter the case. But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected, in David Rosenfelt's Collared.

 

About David Rosenfelt

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David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award--nominated author of nine Andy Carpenter novels, most recently One Dog Night, and three previous stand-alones. He and his wife recently moved to Maine with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they have rescued and rehabilitated over the years.
 
Published July 18, 2017 by Minotaur Books. 333 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 02 2017

Rosenfelt’s matchless gift for feather-light exposition that hurtles along without ever feeling rushed or foggy allows him to keep the complications coming until nearly the end. It’s only the denouement that feels as if a lesser ghostwriter, perhaps an obliging pooch, had taken over.

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Above average
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Jul 18 2017

In the end it’s the dogs that matter. A Rosenfelt book that is lacking a shot of a lovable animal on its jacket or a description of its pranks in Chapter One is lacking as far as his readers are concerned, and that is as it should be.

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