Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell in their riskiest case yet.
When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time. He and his sturdiest search-and-rescue dog, Bolo, get to work immediately, but the scene is rife with danger: continued rainfall prevents the rescue teams from stabilizing the land; toxic household substances spread by the crushing slide fill the area with hazardous waste; and the detritus and debris are treacherous for both man and dog to navigate. But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge—secrets someone would kill to protect. For this is no ordinary rescue mission. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what’s left of it.
Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead beforethe landslide—killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O’Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder that may involve not only the government facility, but decades-old medical experiments that are the subject of current congressional hearings. As more bodies are found under even more unusual circumstances, they come ever closer to exposing the truth—but with unknown forces working against them, Maggie, Creed, and the dogs are running out of time.
This is a great new series, and if you missed any of the previous books, with Maggie or Creed, you are fine, as Kava gives you enough of their background, so you understand the feelings between the characters, yet leaves enough missing, so that you want to go read the previous books! this book is part mystery, part political thriller, and police procedural. You'll be hooked from chapter one, with this roller coaster read- I read it in 2 sittings, only because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer to finish it in one! Kava does an excellent job of bringing the dogs in as their own characters to help round out the story line. It will be interesting to see where he leads O'Dell, Creed and the dogs next, as part of the mystery was left unsolved! Don't miss this great new entry into the Maggie O'Dell series!
About the Author:
Alex Kava is the New York Times–bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Breaking Creed as well as the internationally bestselling mystery series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell. Her novels have been published in more than twenty countries around the world. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.