Unscrupulous bankers, abandoned homes, and a cold-blooded killer on the loose: Mags Rogers and her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter, digg up the dirt in the second scintillating novel in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brownâ€™s delightful new series featuring some doggedly determined canine sleuths and their intrepid human companions.Settling into ranch life outside Reno, Nevada, with her gregarious great-aunt Jeep Reed and Jeepâ€™s German Shepherd, King, former Wall Street trader Mags doesnâ€™t miss the cutthroat world of investment bankingâ€”because its destructive tentacles have reached westward to the Silver State. The foreclosure crisis has taken a huge bite out of the local real estate market, where rows of homes sit unsold and forsakenâ€”but not empty.A group of squatters, including desperate single mothers with children, are living under the radar in the houses on Renoâ€™s Yolanda Streetâ€”without water or electricity. Big-hearted real estate broker Babs Gallagher enlists Jeep and Mags to start a community outreach program, but that means going up against uncaring utility companies, corrupt officials, ruthless politiciansâ€”and a merciless murderer. When a former banker is found brutally slain in one of the abandoned homes, the notion of â€ścutthroat business practicesâ€ť takes on a whole new meaning.Baxter, King, and some other canine detectives leave no bone of contention buried as they help their human charges untangle a string of murders rooted deep in the heart of Red Rock Valleyâ€™s prominent citizenry. Though Reno deputyâ€”and Magsâ€™s unofficial significant otherâ€”Pete Meadows uncovers evidence of blackmail, shady real estate ventures, and rumors of lost treasure, the killer seems to hold all the cards in a city of gambling and sin. Luckily, Mags, Jeep, and Babs still have a few tricks up their sleeves. As nefarious sexploits and backroom backstabbing reverberate throughout the county, the dogs are officially off the leashâ€”and on the hunt for a killer. Along the way, they encounter curious coyotes, human kindness and treachery, and a long-buried stash of riches.
Mystery & Thrillers, Thrillers, Suspense,