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The Lost by Jeffrey B Burton
Series: Mace Reid K-9 Mysteries #3
Published by Minotaur Books on June 28, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Glencoe, Illinois: A home invasion turned kidnapping at the mansion of billionaire financier Kenneth J. Druckman brings Mason “Mace” Reid and his cadaver dog, Vira, to this wealthy northern suburb of Chicago. Druckman was assaulted, left behind while his wife and young daughter were taken for ransom.
Brought to the scene by the FBI, Reid specializes in human remains detection, and Vira is the star of his pack of cadaver dogs he’s dubbed The Finders. After Vira finds the dead body of the mother, former supermodel Calley Kurtz, everyone is on high alert to find Druckman’s missing daughter before the five-year-old disappears forever. But the trail Vira finds on the property’s dense woodlands leads right back to Druckman himself.
I am a fan of K-9 books, so I discovered this Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series. The dogs here are mostly HRD or cadaver dogs. They mostly aren’t trained to take down bad guys or protect people. We see some of their personalities but Vira is the most often one to accompany Mace. He works with the FBI this time, although Kippy is also on the case. I enjoyed reading even with a few issues I had.
The mystery was kind of boring really. It was obvious who the bad guys were. There was more than one bad guy. The FBI / police were on to some of it but some was surprising to them. But what they knew, they needed evidence to prove. The kidnapping of a child did provide some suspense. The police procedures were pretty good but they weren’t quite good with their strategies.
The personal relationships and daily life of the main characters were also routine without much new or showing too much growth. So I felt overall The Lost needed more development of characters to add more interest and layers. In the three books I have read in the series, Mace is a nice guy, good with dogs, but his police skills are bumbling. Kippy has to up the bar when she is with him and luckily, she is competent.
I did enjoy Vira’s part. She was highly skilled and accurate. She also did some work to protect and provide comfort in her intuitive way without it being her trained skills. She’s a smart one.
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