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Dog in the manger : an Eli Paxton mystery
2012
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Originally published in 1995, this appealing first in a light crime series from SF author Resnick (Resnick's Menagerie) introduces hapless Cincinnati PI Eli Paxton. Desperate for work, Eli agrees to track down Baroness, a Weimaraner who won Best in Show at Westminster four months earlier and was recently shipped from Cincinnati to her owner in Arizona, but never arrived. The kennel girl involved in the shipping ends up dead, as do others. Trying to find Baroness leads Eli into a Mexican drug operation at peril to his own life. A breeder himself, Resnick brings firsthand knowledge of show dogs and irrepressible enthusiasm to this tough guy tale along with plenty of Cincinnati local color. The volume concludes with an amusing short story, "Even Butterflies Can Sting," in which Marlowe, the Westie Eli acquires at the end of his adventures, plays a part. Agent: Spectrum Literary. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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A dog is missing. Not just any dog. The number one Weimaraner in the country and current Westminster winner.<br> <br> Down-on-his-luck private eye Eli Paxton is hired to find him. Not exactly an elite assignment, but better than nothing. Maybe it will help him pay his rent. It turns out to be anything but a routine case. People start dying in mysterious ways, a cargo plane goes missing, and someone is taking shots at him. It makes no sense. Even a top show dog isn't worth that much.<br> <br> Now the hunt is on. Paxton needs to find this dog to save his own skin. The trail leads to Arizona, then Mexico, and finally back to his hometown of Cincinnati-- where he finds the startling solution.<br> <br> With a new introduction by the author and including the bonus short story "Even Butterflies Can Sting."
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