Dog Eat Dog is the 23rd entry in the Andy Carpenter dog-oriented legal thriller series. And it’s a humdinger!
A man on the street is beating his pug. Andy, his wife Laurie and their son Ricky are across the street walking their two dogs, Tara and Sebastian. Laurie rushes across the street but gets to the scene after a stranger intervenes. The dog beater punches the stranger, who in turn, beats the man to the ground. Andy says it was self-defense to the police. But the rescuer, now introduced as Matt, is still taken into custody along with the dog beater. Andy volunteers to be Matt’s lawyer. However, Matt is now accused of a double murder in Maine. He was caught by police based on blood found on the murder scene two years ago when Matt sent his DNA to a family-locating DNA site. The website found his long-lost sister and a double homicide charge. For the ever-trying-to-retire Andy, it is a blow to his lack of career plans.
I come to this series for the mysteries and Andy’s courtroom antics. But I stay for the genuine characters, who I miss a bit between books. Dog Eat Dog is an excellent series entry. Don’t miss it. 5 stars!
Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.