The Rescue (Hardcover)
Dog-lovers rejoice! Through this Southern California-based cinematic thriller, T. Jefferson Parker explores the unbreakable bonds between dog and human partners. Throw in the DEA, the Mexican Mafia and one kick-ass journalist who’’ll stop at nothing to keep her stories factual, believable and inspiring. Oh, by the way the dog’s name is Joe.
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The Rescue is a gripping thriller that explores the strength of the human-animal bond and how far we will go to protect what we love by three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker.
While reporting on a Tijuana animal shelter, journalist Bettina Blazak falls in love with one of her story’s subjects—an adorable Mexican street dog who is being treated for a mysterious gunshot wound. Bettina impulsively adopts the dog, who she names Felix after the veterinarian who saved him.
In investigating Felix’s past, Bettina discovers that his life is nothing like what she assumed. For one thing, he’s not a Mexican street dog at all. A former DEA drug-sniffing dog, Felix has led a very colorful, dangerous, and profitable life. With Bettina’s story going viral, some interesting people are looking for Felix, making him a target—again.
Bettina soon finds herself drawn into a deadly criminal underworld from which she and her beloved dog may not return.
Other Forge Books by T. Jefferson Parker:
A Thousand Steps
"Readers will love Joe...for lovers of quality crime fiction; Parker never disappoints." —Library Journal (starred review)
"Stunning...Another fine effort from the talented Parker."—Booklist (starred review)
"T. Jefferson Parker is a marvel. I’ve been reading him with delight and admiration for years. The Rescue again shows that he hits the high water mark for crime fiction every time out. Graceful prose, nuanced characters, an emotional thread woven through each scene tying it to a propulsive plot. Whether he’s writing about cartels or PD, street dogs or reluctant heroines, he gets to the authentic and the compelling." —Gregg Hurwitz, the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Horse
“Parker’s The Rescue ain’t no street mutt of a book, but rather a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show blue-ribbon, pure pedigree of a novel with claws sharpened and fangs bared. Fass!" —Craig Johnson, bestselling author of the Longmire mystery series
"The author is a quiet master who delivers all the action and emotion a reader might wish." —The Wall Street Journal