The Sound and the Furry

The Sound and the Furry

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In the sixth installment of the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little are handed a hard case in the Big Easy.

When Chet and Bernie happen upon a prison work crew that includes Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal they sent up the river, getting a new case is the last thing they expect. But Frenchie, who comes from an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding relative, his brother Ralph, a reclusive inventor who has gone missing with his houseboat. Though he's tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie decides to set course for the bayous of Louisiana, a trip that will introduce Chet to a world of sights, smells, and tastes that are like nothing he's ever encountered.

Out in bayou country, Chet and Bernie meet the no-good Boutette family and their ancient enemies, the maybe-even-worse Robideaus, and at first it seems as if Ralph's disappearance is connected to a dispute over a load of stolen shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the investigation heads in a dangerous new direction involving the oil business and an impending environmental catastrophe. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph, the more treacherous the job becomes, and soon they're fighting not only Big Oil, but also shadowy black ops figures, a violent biker gang from back home, and Iko-a legendary bayou gator with a seemingly insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, deep under the Gulf, the pressure just keeps building.

With top-notch suspense, humor, and genuine insight into the ways our canine companions think and behave-all set against a rollicking new Louisiana backdrop- The Sound and the Furry will make you howl in delight.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781476703220
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 23, 2017

If you like dogs, well written light fiction, and detective plotting this is a five star book for you. Bernie Little, ex-military, ex-police, is the Little Detective Agency with his dog Chet who is the narrative of the tale. The writing magic is that the words capture what many of us suspect the inner dialogue would be if our furry friend could communicate with us. At the same time, the human side of the story contrasts with the sunny disposition of Chet and the reader can enjoy the darker plotting of detective life. The skillfulness of the writing is perhaps easy to pass over given the doggy perspective but slower reading will increase the appreciation of how good the book is.

Mar 11, 2014

An unusual mystery novel, thoughtfully conceived!

Feb 18, 2014

This might be my favorite one, but realistically it is hard to pick a favorite when all of them are so good. The story is well told, and well developed, while holding true to the narrator. I look forward to reading more.

bookfanatic1979 Oct 09, 2013

Chet is as charming as ever, but even his good-natured obliviousness couldn’t save the plot for me. Part of my problem may simply be that it was too subtle for me, but I thought the end and the villain’s identity were rather too sudden to entirely make sense.


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