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Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman was a single mother of an adopted baby. Her baby and dog were kidnapped in broad daylight in Eastside Park, and they haven't been seen since. A tip came in that ID'd a former boyfriend of Hickman's, Keith Wachtel, as the kidnapper. A search of his house showed no sign of the child but did uncover more incriminating evidence, and the clincher that generated Wachtel's arrest was some dog hair, notable since Wachtel did not have a dog. DNA tests showed conclusively that the hair belonged to Hickman's dog. Wachtel was convicted of kidnapping, but the dog and baby were never found.
Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light and the search for the child renewed. Goaded by his wife's desire to help a friend and fellow mother and Andy's desire to make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy and his team enter the case. But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected.
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By Kathi on 08-04-17
Boy, this series just gets better and better!
Grover Gardner is the *perfect* narrator for this delightful series, in which Andy Carpenter (an attorney so wealthy, he would prefer not to even have to work--so chooses which cases to take, in order to spend more time with his wife, child and beloved dogs Tara and Sebastian). In this case, he decides to defend Keith Wachtel, whom he believes to be falsely imprisoned for the kidnapping of a child, and now in jail.
David Rosenfelt has just the right touch with his combination of good plot, touch of humor and sometimes amusing sarcasm, and cast of characters that work really well together. Unlike many books in series, these can usually be read out of order without spoiling the rest--and I appreciate that about them, too. As usual, here are several good suspects, a good story that works through all the clues in patient fashion, and as ever--some of the best narration around. Ironically, I don't think I'd enjoy Grover Gardner's voice for every book. But for this series, I can't think of anyone better. Enjoy!
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