Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Book ~ "Who Let the Dog Out?" (2015) David Rosenfelt

From Goodreads ~ Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend, Willie Miller. So it's frightening when Willie calls him to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building, and there's clearly been a break-in. It turns out that a recently rescued dog, nicknamed Cheyenne since her arrival at the foundation, has been stolen. 

Andy and Willie track the missing dog to a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey, and sure enough, they find the dog ... standing right next to a dead body. The man had been gruesomely murdered mere minutes before Andy and Willie arrived. Could it be a coincidence? Or could the dog theft somehow be connected to the killing? 

 Andy takes Cheyenne safely back to the foundation building and that should be the end of his involvement, but Andy's curiosity - and his desire to keep the dog from further harm - won't let him stop there. 

The cops have just arrested a man named Tommy Infante for the murder but as Andy looks into the circumstances surrounding the break-in and the dog theft, he starts to wonder if Infante might actually be innocent. And when Andy takes Infante on as a client and starts searching in earnest for evidence that will exonerate him, what Andy starts to discover terrifies him. The murder might be just one small cog in a plot with far-reaching implications, and unless Andy can uncover the truth in time, thousands of lives could be in imminent danger.

Andy is a lawyer who would much rather be running his dog rescue with his friend and co-founder, Willy.  One night, a dog named Cheyenne is stolen.  Cheyenne has a GPS attached to her collar and Andy and Willy track her to a house ... only to find her sitting next to a dead body.

Tommy is arrested for the murder and Andy is curious enough to go see him to see why the dog was involved.  Andy ends up representing Tommy.  Then lots of people start getting killed and Andy has to figure out how these murders are tied to Tommy in order to get him off.

In the meantime, Andy's home life has changed.  He's now married to the love of his life, Laurie, and they have adopted a boy named Ricky.

I thought this book was okay.  There are parts I liked but I wasn't crazy about the terrorist part.  I liked the writing style as it was funny, sarcastic and amusing.  It was written in first person perspective in Andy's voice but at times it was also written in third person perspective.  It is the thirteenth in the Andy Carpenter series (I've read them all) and it works as a stand alone (so you don't need to have read the ones before it to know what is going on).

I like Andy.  He loves his dog, Tara, and thinks she's the most wonderful dog in the whole wide world.  And he now has Sebastian, the dog who came with Ricky.  Part of Andy's team is Hike, his associate who is the most depressed and downer person ever, though he wasn't in this book all that much.  Marcus, an investigator with persuasive reasoning skills, and continues to provide protection when it's most needed (which is often) and Andy is a self-professed coward.  Sam is his accountant who is also a computer hack who has his elderly team helping to dig information for Andy.  It's been quite a few books since Sam and Andy song-talked and I miss that.  There were a lot of characters (bad guys) in this book and I had a hard time keeping them all straight.

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