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Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre." Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn's writing "major league prose." Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.
Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernie's girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, a crack reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. She's working on a big story she can't talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest.
Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.
As Harry Truman famously quipped, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." Too bad he didn't get to meet Chet
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller Quinn’s subpar seventh Chet and Bernie mystery (after 2013’s The Sound and the Furry) takes Bernie Little, head of the Little Detective Agency, and his canine partner, Chet, from Arizona to Washington, D.C., where Bernie hopes to mend relations with his significant other, Suzie Sanchez, now a reporter at the Washington Post. After Suzie stumbles across the corpse of Eben St. John, a mysterious British consultant who fancies her, the cops tag Bernie as the prime suspect because the PI’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon. St. John’s murder may be connected with the possible presidential campaign of a respected retired general, but the politics of the race are as sketchy as the details of the whodunit plot. Still, dog lovers will enjoy Chet’s original, offbeat narration, which makes the most of the limits of his understanding of humans. Author tour. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (Aug.)