This suspenseful action thriller tells the story of K-9 Maggie and her handler, Scott James, LAPD. As much as any character in the story, it is Maggie who is the hero of the novel.
Maggie was with her first handler, Pete, at the start of the story. They are on patrol in Afghanistan when Pete is killed and Maggie wounded. Maggie is so determined to remain with her handler's body that Marines have to put something over her eyes to avoid her snapping at them.
At a later time, we witness a shootout in Los Angeles when Los Angeles police officer Scott James is wounded and his partner, Stephanie, killed.
After a period of recuperation Scott returns to duty and joins the K-9 unit. He is teamed with Maggie who is suffering from PTSD. Since Scott also has symptoms of that malady, he can empathise with the canine.
Both Scott and Maggie have a period of adjusting to each other. What is unique and heartwarming is that we experience both points of view. The thoughts of Maggie as she becomes devoted to Scott as her Alpha, is a wonderful reading experience.
With Scott back at work, he can't forget the shooting and his former partner's death. He studies the case records and tries to find evidence that hadn't been uncovered. As he does this, Maggie's sense of smell is an asset prior detectives didn't have.
There are many levels of the story. On one hand , we see the faith and friendship between Scott and Maggie. We also come to admire Scott's determination to find the people responsible for Stephanie's death.
There are a number of twists and surprises and the explosive conclusion is one that would have the readers jumping up and shouting, "YES!"
If Police Officer Scott James had done something different that evening his partner Stephanie Anders would still be alive. But, she isn't because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time as Scott James was looking for a very specific noodle place a Rampart Robbery detective had raved about. Nine months later, she is still dead, the suspects involved in a brutal murder are still running free, and Police Officer Scott James is haunted by terrible physical pain and horrific nightmares. … more