Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"Help me understand, currency is a fistful of tears I can afford." Song lyrics
In a story involving a popular detective team, canine narrator, Chet, and his human companion, Bernie have an adventure involving Hollywood film making and babysitting bad boy stars.
The mayor of the Valley, wants to generate income for his community. He and a group of backers persuade Hollywood bad boy, Thad Perry, to film Wild Horseman in the Valley.
With Perry's history of extra curricular activity, one prerequisite is that private eye Bernie Little and his dog Chet, watch over Perry and keep him out of trouble.
As Chet is the narrator, it's entertaining to be aware of his thoughts and senses as he tries to interpret a person's body language or observes actions that people aren't afraid to display in front of a dog.
One scene I particularly enjoyed was where Bernie and Thad decide to box each other. At the conclusion of the match, Thad's assistant asks if he can help him up. Thad is embarrassed by the beating that he took at Bernie's hands and shrugs off his assistant, snarling "...don't look at me as if I'm some kind of candyass." Chet believes that this would be an interesting idea.
This is a well written mystery. There are well placed plot twists and Chet's dog insights to human behavior were insightful as was his relationship with Bernie. Their communications with each other was so precise that there were times when I wasn't sure that I was reading the dog's thoughts.
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