I started to read this book one morning before we went garage saling. When I got back to the book, I found my brother-in-law reading it. D’aww…
Caesar is a beautiful dog – a black and tan Alsatian – and his handler, Constable Barry Trent couldn’t be prouder of him. It’s true that Caesar was once considered too sharp for police work (police dogs need to be friendly towards unoffending civilians), but he has far and away the best nose in the canine force. Criminals fear him.
One day, after training Caesar in a farmer’s field, Barry receives a troubling call. Dead sheep have been found in a field not far from where he and Caesar were working. And again, a few days later, dead sheep are found in Barry’s neighbourhood! It just can’t be Caesar who is responsible for these deaths – he is too well-trained and loveable for that!
Can Barry prove Caesar’s innocence – especially as he himself begins to doubt it?
I’ve read lots of dog / pet stories. But I don’t think I’ve ever read one about a police dog. I’m just sitting here racking my brains thinking I MUST have read one, but I can’t think of any. It really makes for an amazing read.
Here is a dog that has been trained not to jump or sit or roll over, but to track, stalk, and attack. When on the job he is indistractable and fiercely intuitive. When off the job, he’s a little love muffin.
As the story progressed and Caesar’s guilt became more and more certain [and the date of his death was scheduled *gulp*], I got more and more worried that Caesar would be the martyr who dies only to be discovered innocent several hours after his death. I almost couldn’t bear to finish the story, but I’m glad I did because it ends splendidly. :)
Barry lies a few times to protect Caesar. Of course, these lies are discovered and make the case against Caesar stronger. *sighs*
Conclusion. Lovers of big, brave dogs doing exciting adventurous things will enjoy this story.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret