Scent of the Missing

  • by Susannah Charleson
  • Narrated by Susannah Charleson
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.
Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle’s adventures and the complex relationship they forge as they help in the pursuit and recovery of people who have fallen prey to crime, misadventure, or catastrophe: a missing teenager, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering in the cold, signs of the crew amid the debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster.


What the Critics Say

“Riveting….All dog lovers should read this book.” (Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human)
“In this celebration of the human-animal bond, a fascinating woman has written eloquently about her fascinating colleague, Puzzle. I loved this book.” (Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs)


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Customer Reviews

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This was one of those books I couldn't wait to get back to every time I had to stop listening. I was sad when I had reached the end. This is definitely one I'll listen to again.
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- #24 fan


This story was great. I really appreciated the perspective from the inside. I respect all trainers, handlers, and of course, the rescue animals. I love the bond that forms. Very happy to have listened to this story.
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- Deborah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.