Friday 7 October 2016

Book ~ "Laying Down the Paw" (2015) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner are back-with a vengeance.

When a raging tornado hits Forth Worth, Megan's squad car is flipped over-and her devoted police dog, Brigit, is not amused. But that's not all that's upside-down. The streets are littered with looters-and members of a violent street gang-and no local business is safe. It's time to get back on all fours and see that the job of protecting the public is done.

But Megan, outmanned and outgunned, has no choice but to let the gang members get away. Later, when she learns that one of them is a suspect in an unsolved murder case, Megan is determined to see that justice is served. But will she end up in the doghouse? Her investigation has her and Brigit barking up the wrong tree at every turn. Meanwhile, a killer's on the loose ... who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Megan is a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas.  Her partner is Brigit, a German Shepherd.  The majority of their job is patrolling the streets and responding to calls.  When a body is found brutally murdered in a park, Megan is the first to arrive.  The detective who will be in charge knows how keen Megan is to advance so lets her tag along with the investigation.

Dub is a 15-year-old who has been in and out of juvie and foster homes.  His mother is a drug addict and his father is unknown, though Dub suspects it's the guy who keeps feeding his mom drugs and beating her up.  He currently has a sweet deal living with Wes and Trevor but moves back with his mom because of a sense of guilt.  That puts him in a bad neighbourhood and an even worse crowd.  He does what he has to do to survive.

After a tornado hits, Megan comes across four guys who had just looted a liquor store.  She suspects one of them is tied to the murder in the park and a string of burglaries in the area.

This is the thirteenth book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It's the third in the series ... reading the first one had introduced me to this author and then to her Tara Holloway series.  I liked the writing style ... it was funny and sarcastic at times.  It is written in first person perspective from Megan's point of view and third person perspective from Brigit's point of view (which is funny) and Dub's perspective.  As a head's up, there is some swearing.

I liked Megan.  She's getting more confident as time goes on.  Though I find Brigit funny and likeable, I find it hard to believe that a trained K-9 dog would be as undisciplined as she is at times when she is on the job.  For example, she steals a toy from another dog or eats food given to her by a bad guy rather than being alert to defend Megan.  Seth, Megan's on again boyfriend, is a bit annoying because all he seems to want to do is have a sleepover with her.

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