Jeffrey B. Burton's The Finders marks the beginning of a fast-paced new mystery series featuring a heroic golden retriever cadaver dog named Vira and her handler, Mason Reid.
Mason "Mace" Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection. He trains dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid’s coming off a taxing year—mourning the death of a beloved springer spaniel as well as the dissolution of his marriage. He adopts a rescue dog with a mysterious past—a golden retriever named Vira. And when Reid begins training Vira as a cadaver dog, he comes to realize just how special the newest addition to his family truly is…
Suddenly, Reid and his prize pupil find themselves hurled into a taxing murder case, which will push them to their very limits. Paired with determined Chicago Police Officer Kippy Gimm, Mace must put all his trust in Vira's abilities to thwart a serial killer who has now set his sights on Mace himself.
This suspenseful series launch from Burton (The Chessman) introduces Mason "Mace" Reid, a trainer of cadaver dogs, and his star pupil, golden retriever Vira. The Velvet Choker Killer has haunted the Chicago area for years, until, at the site of his latest crime, Vira attacks and maims Nicky Champine, an apparently innocent bystander, who Mace discovers is the long-wanted murderer. With Champine arrested, it would appear that the killer's reign of terror is over, but he has an unknown partner who has been murdering people undetected for decades. That partner decides Mace must die. Though Vira plays an integral role in the standard issue serial killer plot, it's the nicely fleshed out Mace the reader comes to know and root for as he works to escape the killer's wrath. Burton offers the right balance of humor and seriousness, along with a lead whose love and understanding of dogs will endear him to many, not just dog people. Hopefully, Mace and Vira will be back soon.