When Chet and Bernie happen upon a prison work crew that includes Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal they sent up the river, getting a new case is the last thing they expect. But Frenchie, who comes from an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding relative, his brother Ralph, a reclusive inventor who has gone missing with his houseboat. Though he's tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie decides to set course for the bayous of Louisiana, a trip that will introduce Chet to a world of sights, smells, and tastes that are like nothing he's ever encountered. Out in bayou country, Chet and Bernie meet the no-good Boutette family and their ancient enemies, the maybe-even-worse Robideaus, and at first it seems as if Ralph's disappearance is connected to a dispute over a load of stolen shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the investigation heads in a dangerous new direction involving the oil business and an impending environmental catastrophe. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph, the more treacherous the job becomes, and soon they're fighting not only Big Oil, but also shadowy black ops figures, a violent biker gang from back home, and Iko- a legendary bayou gator with a seemingly insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, deep under the Gulf, the pressure just keeps building.
With top-notch suspense, humor, and genuine insight into the ways our canine companions think and behave-all set against a rollicking new Louisiana backdrop. The Sound and the Furry will make you howl in delight.
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Chet's voice, in the sense of the author's "voice" is lovable. The story is a page turner and the balance of suspense and comedy is perfect. Quinn has a terrific way of telling you one thing through his narrator, but showing you quite another. The characters are not just boring beautiful people types that so much popular fiction is littered with. They have depth and humor -- even if the humor is goofy. Quinn is a master story teller, has got his dialogue down, does something innovative with the Sam Spade genre, and Jim Frangione has the voice and intonation that you just KNOW Chet has.
In this story, Chet and Bernie leave Arizona for Louisiana. The one thing that struck me as not quite perfect is that I don't think Frangione had the Louisiana accents right, but maybe he wasn't supposed to.
I've only heard him read Chet's stories and they are all top notch.
This would be sacrilege. Don't even think it.
Chet's puppy needs to come into play in the next book. I know he's peripheral now, but bring him to the forefront.
A Fresh Perspective on a PI Mystery
Have you ever wondered what your dog’s version of your life would be? This mystery of a missing person and the entanglement of the oil industry with the shrimping industry is told through the eyes of Chet, a “hundred pounder plus” police-trained German shepherd who belongs to Bernie Little, P.I. Chet is smart, playful and ever hungry, just as is my dog. Chet sees himself a full partner to Bernie and The Little Detective Agency located in AZ.
This particular mystery takes the pair to Bayou country, LA looking for the reclusive, inventor brother of one of the pair’s old criminals, Frenchie Boutette. A load of shrimp was “heisted” and in the course of tracking this down, Bernie is hit on the head twice and shot in arm, while Chet is dumped in the bayou tangled in a fish net to drown. Fighting hard, he loosens himself from the grip of the net just enough to breathe and swim – all night long with no land in sight. An amazing fight between the heroic dog and a huge crock ensues at dawn before Chet finds safety from a one-eyed manly woman who returns him to Bernie.
The dog’s perspective is humorous and credible. He is totally devoted to pleasing Bernie and utilizing his police training to keep them both safe while dealing with criminal slugs who have no value for life. The dog describes what he sees and perceives with uncanny brilliance and child-like innocence; just enough to help us figure out who may be around the next corner. Sometimes Chet startles himself with a profound thought, he can’t be relied on to decide colors (at least, that’s what Bernie says) and he can’t count past two, but his ability to smell helps the listener pick up the scent even before Bernie does.
If you like mysteries, the twist of this dog’s perspective will make you listen long past your allotted time frame. It is a must have!
Jim Frangione is the best narrator! He has several voices and used varied dialects and pacing. He is a master at differentiating the characters for the listener.