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Citizen K-9: K Team #3    by David Rosenfelt order for
Citizen K-9
by David Rosenfelt
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Minotaur, 2022 (2022)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Citizen K-9 follows Animal Instinct as the third (and the best so far IMHO) in David Rosenfelt's K Team series. It's an engaging spinoff from his Andy Carpenter cozies, featuring many of the same characters - Andy himself, former cop Laurie Carpenter, the indomitable Marcus - as well as ex-cop Corey Douglas and ex-police dog Simon Garfunkel.

In a surprising development, Pete Stanton, Homicide Captain of the Paterson PD, hires the K Team, giving them free rein to investigate cold cases. The first they pick is close to home - the disappearance of Chris Vogel and Kim Baskin (both known to Laurie and Corey, but not particularly close to each other) seven years before at their tenth high school reunion.

They go over footage of the reunion and interview old classmates, learning that Chris was a loose cannon who gambled and used drugs. He owed money to a big-time bookmaker, and might have been connected to a murder spree in multiple cities. Solid investigation solves the case but leaves many questions unanswered.

Corey does finally figure it all out, but not before someone very close to him becomes a target. Fortunately Simon remains 'the single greatest dog in the world.'

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