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That Others May Live by Sara Driscoll
Series: FBI K-9 #8
Published by Kensington Books on November 28, 2023
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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FBI handler Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue K-9 partner, Hawk, race to find survivors after a building collapses, and find that the stakes are higher than ever before.
There are situations that fill even the most seasoned FBI K-9 handlers with shock and horror. Meg Jennings is preparing for another work day when she gets words of a catastrophic scene in downtown Washington, D.C. Part of a twelve-story condo building has collapsed, and the rest of the structure could soon follow. Every search-and-rescue worker and K-9 team is needed on-site immediately to find survivors—and assess the casualties.
Putting aside her fears for her firefighter fiancé, who’s already inside the unstable building, Meg turns to the task at hand. If anyone is still alive within the rubble, she and Hawk, working alongside other K-9 teams, must find them. Every hour, every moment counts—and a wrong move could trigger a deadly chain reaction for those buried beneath. But beyond the present danger is a deeper threat, as evidence indicates that this wasn’t a random tragedy, but an act of domestic terrorism. And identifying the culprit and motivation, in time to stop another attack, means taking on an enemy with terrifying skills—and nothing left to lose.
I’ve loved reading this FBI K-9 series. It’s one of the better ones for realistic work where the dogs are key in the story and do actual training and work. There is the police work the characters are doing with the dogs. The personal relationship of the teams, their friends and family is well developed.
In this investigation, a building has collapsed not 15 minutes from where Meg lives and only a few blocks from the White House. She is there with her K-9 Hawk, not 30 minutes after the collapse to hunt for survivors. Her fiancé, Todd a firefighter and paramedic, is also on shift. While Meg and Hawk search the piles and debris, Todd and his team are inside the part of the building standing to try to get everyone out safely.
The totality of the devastation is heartbreaking to the teams and the dogs who find few live survivors. The work is physically and emotionally exhausting but so important. McCord, the journalist, comes with Meg the first day to the command center. He starts looking at the how / why it collapsed. He gets construction plans and consults a structural engineering expert. This eventually leads to the facts of how destructive false conspiracy theories are.
The realistic details and complexity of the case with police and rescue issues and structural engineering and construction details are amazing. That Others May Live is not focused on romance. There are romantic details and the day to day support of good partnership and support circle of friends and family. The strength of the police procedural with its mystery and strong search and rescue depictions are appreciated.
The time setting is the week before Christmas and Meg is planning her wedding to Todd. So while the event is grim, the excellent characters have heartwarming moments. And the dogs are the best, too.
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