The House on Bloodhound Lane
Somewhere deep beneath the earth in the woods of Southeast Georgia, a man is buried. Alive. With food and water, and the terrible knowledge of who it was that did this to him. Praying for rescue but accepting death, he waits...Jo Beth Sidden is preparing for the first seminar at the facility where she breeds bloodhounds and teaches them to track. Nervous over the expansion of her business, she begins to regret the resolutions she made for her thirtieth birthday. Giving up smoking may be a good idea in theory, but with six law enforcement officers arriving shortly for a week-long course on using the bloodhounds Jo Beth has trained for them, a familiar vice would surely be soothing.Despite living through the morning from hell, Jo Beth won't let herself panic - until she learns that her ex-husband is out on parole. He has already attacked her twice, and Jo Beth knows it's just a matter of time before round three begins.And there's one more thing keeping her up nights - a high-profile kidnapping that was hushed up for so long that the trail might now be too cold, even for her expert hounds. Fearing the worst, but knowing she's the best, Jo Beth is drawn into the rescue attempt of her career. Her only hope lies with the best friend any woman could have: a droopy-eared, drooling, one-year-old, bind-from-birth bloodhound, the only creature on this earth smart enough to save her life and the day.
- Hardback | 341 pages
- 162.56 x 241.3 x 35.56mm | 612.35g
- 01 Aug 1996
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
As if turning 30 isn't traumatic enough, feisty Jo Beth Sidden of Basla City, Georgia, has invested the $70,000 she inherited from her father into the business of putting 57 bloodhounds through six months of rigorous training. Six of those well-prepared hounds will go to work for law-enforcement masters. Meanwhile, Jo Beth has enough on her plate for a veritable smorgasbord during the nine eventful days of this serial-like novel. First and worst, her brutal wife-beating ex-husband Bubba has been released from prison. She was in the hospital for six months after his last rampage, which is why Jo Beth has security gates around her compound. Next, she helps her friend Sheri find a buried treasure of $100,000, left by Sheri's would-be father-in-law. And in between the pieces of Jo Beth's tell-all first-person narration there's the story of a man who's been kidnapped by his three sons and stuffed into a large container. You can figure that Jo Beth and her very talented if blind hound Bobby Lee will sniff out that man. She'll also rescue Mary Ann, a young woman who's been kidnapped by religious nutcase Preston Little; persuade a deputy not to grow and sell marijuana; and meet up with Chief Jonathan Webber of the Eppley Police Department, who takes a real shine to Jo Beth - and vice versa. A meandering, episodic second from Lanier (Death in Bloodhound Red, not reviewed), with an amiable Brett Butler - like narrator and a cliffhanger of an ending. (Kirkus Reviews)