Synopses & Reviews
In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times
bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nations capital.
Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinns writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.
Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernies girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, a crack reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. Shes working on a big story she cant talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest.
Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.
As Harry Truman famously quipped, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Too bad he didnt get to meet Chet!
"Bestseller Quinn's subpar seventh Chet and Bernie mystery (after 2013's The Sound and the Furry) takes Bernie Little, head of the Little Detective Agency, and his canine partner, Chet, from Arizona to Washington, D.C., where Bernie hopes to mend relations with his significant other, Suzie Sanchez, now a reporter at the Washington Post. After Suzie stumbles across the corpse of Eben St. John, a mysterious British consultant who fancies her, the cops tag Bernie as the prime suspect because the PI's fingerprints are on the murder weapon. St. John's murder may be connected with the possible presidential campaign of a respected retired general, but the politics of the race are as sketchy as the details of the whodunit plot. Still, dog lovers will enjoy Chet's original, offbeat narration, which makes the most of the limits of his understanding of humans. Author tour. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“A doggone clever detective duo… always a hoot. This onesalts a doggedly determined investigation with plenty of laughs”. Kirkus Reviews
“Both smart and funny”
“Dog lovers willenjoy Chets original, offbeat narration.” Publishers Weekly
“Both smart and funny” Booklist
About the Author
Spencer Quinn is the author of six previous Chet and Bernie mystery novels: Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, A Fistful of Collars, and The Sound and the Furry. He lives on Cape Cod with his dogs Audrey and Pearl. When not keeping them out of mischief, he is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie mystery. Keep up with him—and with Chet and Bernie—by visiting ChetTheDog.com.