The Lost is the next mystery from author Jeffrey B. Burton starring an extraordinary cadaver dog and her handler.
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.
With the help of Detective Kippy Gimm, Reid and Vira must race against the clock. Nothing is as it appears to be . . . and the red herrings could be lethal.
In Burton's enjoyable third Mace Reid K-9 mystery (after 2021's The Finders), cadaver dog trainer Mace is called to the estate of Kenneth and Calley Druckman on the west side of Lake Michigan, where criminals have apparently broken into their home and stolen jewelry worth a small fortune. In addition, Calley and their five-year-old daughter are missing, presumed kidnapped. Mace's golden retriever, Vira, is tasked with following footprints at the scene believed to belong to the robbers. But Vira keeps returning to the Druckman mansion, leading Mace to suspect that Kenneth may be involved in the crimes. When the battered body of Calley is found nearby, Kenneth's precarious house of cards begins to collapse. Mace, Vira, and Chicago police detective Kippy Gimm, Mace's sweetheart, race to find the truth before someone else is murdered. Once again, Vira displays her unerring ability to sniff out the guilty party and fearlessly defends her humans, though some series fans may grumble that Vira plays a less central role than usual. Even so, the sufficiently complicated plot will keep readers turning the pages. Dog lovers are in for a treat. Agent: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary.