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No man's land / Sara Driscoll.

By: Driscoll, Sara.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Driscoll, Sara. F.B.I. K-9 novel: 4.Publisher: New York, New York : Kensington Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019Copyright date: ©2019Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.Description: 296 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781496722478; 1496722477.Other title: No mans land.Subject(s): United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- Officials and employees -- Fiction | Police dogs -- Fiction | Search dogs -- Fiction | Labrador retriever -- Fiction | Human-animal relationships -- Fiction | Serial murders -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Older people -- Crimes against -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: "Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog are on the trail of a killer hiding where others fear to tread... For Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building is an exciting way to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI's Human Scent Evidence Team. But deep in the echoing rooms of an abandoned asylum, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim couldn't have made her way into the derelict building on her own. Before forty-eight hours pass, Meg learns of three more cases of elders found dead in neglected urban structures. There's not enough evidence to link the deaths--yet. But Meg scents a pattern, and when she gets word of another senior gone missing, she and Hawk don't hesitate. Meg is sure a murderer is hunting the elderly, and she can prove it if she can just find a connection. It will take the expert coordination of her whole team, along with help from Clay McCord and Todd Webb, to uncover the means, let alone a motive. And to stop someone who has operated in the dark for so long, Meg will need to risk more than she has to give."-- Provided by publisher.
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For Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building is an exciting way to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI's Human Scent Evidence Team. But deep in the echoing rooms of an abandoned asylum, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim couldn't have made her way into the derelict building on her own. Before forty-eight hours pass, Meg learns of more cases of elders found dead in neglected urban structures.

There's not enough evidence to link the deaths-yet. But Meg scents a pattern, and when she gets word of another senior gone missing, she and Hawk don't hesitate. Meg is sure a murderer is hunting the elderly, and she can prove it if she can just find a connection. It will take the expert coordination of her whole team, along with help from Clay McCord and Todd Webb, to uncover the means, let alone a motive. And to stop someone who has operated in the dark for so long, Meg will need to risk more than she has to give . . .

Sequel to: Storm rising.

"Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog are on the trail of a killer hiding where others fear to tread... For Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building is an exciting way to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI's Human Scent Evidence Team. But deep in the echoing rooms of an abandoned asylum, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim couldn't have made her way into the derelict building on her own. Before forty-eight hours pass, Meg learns of three more cases of elders found dead in neglected urban structures. There's not enough evidence to link the deaths--yet. But Meg scents a pattern, and when she gets word of another senior gone missing, she and Hawk don't hesitate. Meg is sure a murderer is hunting the elderly, and she can prove it if she can just find a connection. It will take the expert coordination of her whole team, along with help from Clay McCord and Todd Webb, to uncover the means, let alone a motive. And to stop someone who has operated in the dark for so long, Meg will need to risk more than she has to give."-- Provided by publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Perilous adventures inside derelict buildings add texture and excitement to Driscoll's solid fourth FBI K-9 novel featuring search-and-rescue expert Meg Jennings and her Labrador retriever, Hawk (after 2018's Lone Wolf). Meg teams with EMT Todd Webb and Washington Post reporter Clay McCord to unmask a serial killer preying on the elderly. Clues lead Meg and Hawk into the world of extreme urban exploration called urbexing. Driscoll's narrative power is at its best when the K-9 duo chase the killer through claustrophobic locations, though the pacing is undermined at times by heavy exposition. Dialogue strains when Meg's team tries to connect urbexing with the victims' illegal annuity policies and Tamil ritual killings. Logic is also an issue, as it's never clear why the killer goes to such elaborate lengths to take elderly patients into the bowels of deserted buildings when he could kill them in their nursing homes. This will appeal to dog lovers and those who enjoy PG-rated action. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Dec.)

Booklist Review

This is the sort of crime novel that gives readers a little bit of everything: it's a thriller, a procedural, and a detective story and a good yarn, too, featuring a smart heroine blessedly free of problems with boss, coworkers, alcohol, or the opposite sex. Meg Jennings works for the FBI's Human Scent Evidence Team; we meet her and her partner, a playful but fundamentally serious Labrador named Hawk, as they wander through an abandoned building. The two are learning about ""urbexing,"" defined as exploration of abandoned man-made structures. The whole novel, in fact, is a teaching experience. As Hawk senses a corpse, we watch the masterful pup moving through a ""scent cone."" As the bodies start to accumulate, and the narrative builds to its tense finale, we learn of the odd financial instrument behind the killings and understand why it's banned in the U.S. All this is brought off in functional, unornamented language, with a fine, forward pulse.--Don Crinklaw Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

When FBI agent Meg Jennings and her K-9, Hawk, explore the ruins of an old hospital, they think they're just practicing their skillsuntil the discovery of an elderly woman's body leads to something more serious and sinister.Meg and her firefighter friends are enjoying urban exploring, an activity in which people enter and explore old, deserted, and dangerous sites. Meg, as a member of the Human Scent Evidence Team, thinks the outing will hone Hawk's skills, and Hawk does indeed help find the elderly woman's body. But when more elderly people are found in other deserted locations, Meg, with the help of her colleagues as well as a reporter, will continue to put herself at risk to uncover the truth. The novel's premise and cast of characters could have made this a gripping book. But the author (Storm Rising, 2018, etc.) lacks the talent to bring the characters to life. When sharing background information about sites they're exploring, for example, Driscoll's characters speak in dialogue that sounds more like a brochure ("Bethlehem Steel was once an industry giant...") than the way people really talk. There are many examples of urban exploration ("urbex") lingo for those who might be interested.When the only intriguing parts of a novel are the scenes involving a dog's abilities, it is perhaps time to track down another book. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.