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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series comes a thrilling novel featuring LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Maggie.

Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed Scott James' partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. And they’re about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: identifying the men who murdered Stephanie. But what they find could ultimately break them both.

One of Booklist's 10 Best Crime Fiction Books of the Year

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 24, 2012 – Expect the expected in this stand-alone crime thriller from Shamus Award winner Crais (The Two Minute Rule). Maggie, a weapon-detecting German shepherd who was seriously traumatized in Afghanistan after an IED killed her human partner and she was shot by a sniper, is struggling as a new member of the LAPD K-9 Platoon. LAPD officer Scott James who was traumatized after unidentified gunmen killed his partner, Stephanie Anders, and seriously wounded him makes it his mission to get past Maggie s defenses to make her functional again. An attractive female detective assists James after his own return to form enables him to take a more active role in investigating who gunned down Anders. Dog lovers who believe the animals are superior to humans in every way will find this lukewarm tale of redemption inspiring. Fans of Crais s sharp-edged Elvis Cole novels will find less to admire. Author tour.

Customer Reviews


By boysmumas

Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I'm not a dog person but Maggie captured my heart. I cried through the first chapter when Maggie lost Pete. But loved every moment when Maggie met Scott. What a great story and I hope we see more books about these 2 amazing characters. You won't be sorry you bought this novel.

Calling All Animal Lovers

I could not put this book down. You immediately fall in love with Maggie, the German Shepard in the book.

All animal lovers should read this book.

Great mystery, filled with suspense and emotion

Crais' novels are always outstanding, and so I find myself counting the days until another of his books is published.

This time around, I was struck by Crais' use of multiple POVs...with incredible character development embedded in plot, rather than the other way around. For once, a writer of tough suspense novels has reached the heart of the protagonists' hearts. And I do intend that bit of redundancy.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jan 22, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
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