Updated: Sep 17, 2020
The Finders by Jeffery B. Burton is the first in a mystery series and after reading this one, I can’t wait for the next book.
The story of Mace Reid and his specialized cadaver dogs immediately drew me in with the background story of Vira, Mace’s dog with heightened and special intuitive abilities. I love it when an author provides the background of a character (or in this case, an animal) in a concise, but interesting manner such as Burton has done.
I liked Mace’s character right off the bat. He was down to earth, knew his limitations when he was forced to help save himself and others, had a deep love and understanding of dogs and was just an all-around great guy. His flaws were what drew me in because he was realistic and that speaks volumes to me when it comes to enjoying a story.
While reading this book, I was also sucked into the mind of Everyman. Everyman is the serial killer who scoops out his next victim throughout the story when Mace does something that upsets Everyman and who wants to make Mace and his dog Vira his next victims. As a true crime fan, getting into the mind of the killer and understanding how he plotted things out greatly intrigued me and made the story quite interesting.
Additionally I loved Mace’s dogs and their quirky personalities, which added to the story rather than detracted from it and the budding relationship between Mace and Kippy.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
In The Finders, Mason, “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection by training dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid’s coming off a taxing year, mourning the death of a beloved dog and the dissolution of his marriage. He adopts a rescue dog with a mysterious past--a golden retriever named Vira. When Reid begins training Vira as a cadaver dog, he comes to realize just how special the newest addition to his family truly is. Suddenly, Reid and his prize pupil find themselves hurled into a taxing murder case, which will push them to their very limits. Paired with determined Chicago Police Officer Kippy Grimm, Mace must put all his trust in Vira’s abilities to thwart a serial killer who has now set his sights on Mace himself.
Jeffrey B. Burton was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received his BA in Journalism at the University of Minnesota. Novels in Burton's Agent Drew Cady mystery series include: The Chessman, The Lynchpin, and The Eulogist. His short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines. Jeff is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Horror Writers Association. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, an irate Pomeranian named Lucy, and a goofball of a Beagle named Milo.
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