Of course a dog figures into the story. A dog is abandoned at the dog shelter that he runs with his friend Willie. The note attached to its collar is an odd one, and they soon find out that it is the dog that went missing with a kidnapped child several years ago.
Jill Hickman's adopted son and his dog were kidnapped two and a half years ago, and a tip lead police to her former boyfriend, Keith Wachtel. Keith was found guilty, but the child was never found. When Andy returns the dog to Jill, she asks him to please try to find out what happened to her son.
As Andy follows the clues, he starts to believe in Keith's innocence, and in typical Andy fashion, he begins his quest to have Keith exonerated. The best part of this series is always the characters that surround our hero. His wife Laurie, a former police detective, is always the steadying influence in his life. The rest of the quirky cast make for some interesting reading, and Andy's dry wit keeps me laughing throughout. Of course Andy's dog, Tara, is always a main character in his books, and the reader can have no doubt as to how much Author Rosenfelt loves his own dogs.
The only negative thing about this series is that it takes Rosenfelt a year to give me my next fix. To all of you lucky ones who have not read Collared yet, make sure that it is high on your beach read list and order it today.
Publisher - Minotaur Books
Date of Publication - July 18, 2017