Guardians of the Night
by Alan Russell
4 stars - great pacing, good lead characters, and a dog sidekick
ALR Green - doesn't qualify as a dog mystery, but Sirius the police dog is present a lot
Firsties! Yup, I put this on reserve before the library even bought the book and I got it hot off the presses. Yowza!
Michael Gideon is the one and only detective of the LAPD's special cases unit. He works the cases too weird to fall under any other jurisdictions. His partner is Sirius, a German Shepherd and police dog.
In this, the second book in the series, Gideon is called in when a homeless man reports that he witnessed the murder of an angel. His story sounds fantastic, but Gideon determines there is some truth to his tale and is determined to get to the bottom of things.
At the same time, Gideon is trying to track down the "reluctant hero" who intervened in a school shooting just in time to save everybody and then vanished.
The plot is rich and full of some interesting characters. The pacing is exquisite and makes for a real page turner (as in stay up too late reading kind of thing).
Don't worry if you didn't read the first book. This one is better and the author provides enough information about what happened before so that you won't feel left out.
Sirius has some key scenes and he's a great dog and good friend to Gideon. I hope there will be more books in this series.
I do have two nits:
- Gideon's romantic interest, Lisbeth, is not given much attention. Her character is flat and it leaves one wondering what Gideon sees in her. Their interactions are superficial and awkwardly written compared to the rest of the book.
- I wish Gideon wouldn't leave Sirius in the car so much. Yes, he does crack open the windows, but it's LA in the summer and really too hot to leave the poor guy in the vehicle.