Two years after being tossed from the detective bureau for using questionable tactics while catching a child molester, deputy Tim Hallett's life is finally on track. Assigned to a special K-9 unit with the best partner in the world, a Belgian Malinois named Rocky, Hallett has finally learned to balance police work with his family life. But that all changes in the heat of a Florida sugarcane field.
While searching for a kidnapper, Rocky locks onto the scent of a predator unlike anyone has ever seen. Or have they? The more Hallett digs, the closer he comes to his old issues when the case that ended his career as a detective appears to be the key to a series of kidnappings.
When the trail turns to murder, Hallett risks everything to catch the killer, even if it means clearing the child molester who drove him to violence and ruined his career. Along the way, Hallett and his partners learn the true meaning of loyalty and courage as their canine companions take police work to a new level and show that instinct means more than training.
Scent of Murder is a gritty police thriller from veteran law enforcement agent and author James O. Born
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Dog-lovers will welcome Born's intriguing crime novel, which introduces Palm Beach County, Fla., sheriff's deputy Tim Hallett and his K-9 companion, Rocky. Hallett was a detective until his illegal handling of a criminal suspect, Arnold Ludner, got him fired, even though he probably saved a girl's life. Ludner, now out of jail, is a suspect in an escalating series of attacks, and Hallett, now in the K-9 unit, would love to see him caught. Handlers and dogs Hallett and his Belgian Malinois, dedicated Claire Perkins and her German Shepherd, Darren Mori (who envies Claire and her attack dog) and his Golden Retriever all play important roles in the department's search for the perpetrator. In a separate story line, the attacks of a man called Junior increase as the compulsion that drives him intensifies. Born (Burn Zone) does a fine job of detailing the skills of dogs and handlers, though his attribution of thoughts and motives to the dogs may not be to every reader's taste.