Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times
bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie
de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion.
Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie
run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped
send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old Louisiana family full of
black sheep, Frenchie needs Bernie and Chet’s help in locating his
brother, Ralph, who has disappeared with his houseboat. But before they
can head off to the bayou, Bernie is attacked by a member of a strange
gang called the Queiros. And though he’s tempted to take another job
(with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie and Chet set course for Louisiana.
A reclusive inventor, Ralph is
the sole law-abiding member of his family. Full of black sheep, the
Boutette family has a long running feud with the no-good Robideaus and
at first it seems as if Ralph’s disappearance is connected to a dispute
over a load of heisted shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the
investigation heads in a new and dangerous direction and what was a
simple disappearance gets complicated as a conspiracy involving the oil
business is uncovered. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph,
the more dangerous the job becomes and soon they’re fighting not only
Big Oil, but also shadowy black ops figures, the Quieros, and Iko—a
gator with an insatiable appetite.
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