This is book number 2 in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series.
Jeffrey B. Burton's The Keepers is the next installment of the Mace Reid K-9 series, featuring golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid.
Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection—that is, he trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He calls his pack of cadaver dogs The Finders, and his prize pupil is a golden retriever named Vira.
When Mace Reid and Vira are called in to search Washington Park at three o'clock in the morning, what they find has them running for their very lives. The trail of murder and mayhem Mace and CPD Officer Kippy Gimm have been following leads them to uncover treachery and corruption at the highest level, and their discoveries do not bode well for them . . . nor for the Windy City itself.
The Keepers is an exciting, fast-paced mystery filled with courageous dogs you'll want to root for.
Parade’s Best Canine Books Summer 2021
"The fast-paced, action-packed plot builds to a thrilling finale. Burton carefully crafts each dog’s personality, ensuring that they, like the humans, are fully realized characters. Dog lovers are in for a treat."—Publishers Weekly
"The follow-up to The Finders sets a relentless pace. Corrupt politicians, the mob, a brutal killer, and a shocking death combine in a fast-paced story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary dogs."—Library Journal (starred review)
“The Keepers is a celebration of great mystery fiction, complex characters, and a smart and loveable cadaver dog. Riveting, scary, funny, and devious as hell! Highly recommended!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Rage
“Compulsively readable suspense fiction with the best crime-solving duo since Holmes and Watson! Hugely entertaining and not to be missed!”–Tim Waggoner, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Your Turn to Suffer
"Taut and gritty, Burton expertly weaves a narrative that begs, 'just one more page...'"—J.D. Barker, New York Times bestselling author of A Caller's Game
"Welcome to the world of Mason Reid and his golden retriever Elvira. Together they find dead bodies in the most innovative crime fiction series of the 21st century. In their second outing the lovable team is on the trail of murder and corruption. You don’t have to be a dog lover to give this book 'five woofs!'”—Paul Levine, author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Bum Rap
"An entertaining novel and a great addition to the series."—Mystery & Suspense
"In the crowded mystery field, Burton has created a special place that combines brave dogs, a likable protagonist who tries to avoid trouble, and plenty of action."—Pioneer Press
"Jeffrey B. Burton melds nail-biting action and appealing characters in The Keepers, his highly satisfying second novel...Hard-charging action scenes collar the plot's realism, leading to a fast-paced finale. Readers can be assured that each dog survives, and each is a hero."--Shelfawareness
"The Keepers proved to me that The Finders was not a fluke and that the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series will continue to be a must-read series."--Gumshoe Reviews
“Burton has a couple of quite impressive villains and a great showdown at the end. If you love a good page turner check out this series.” --Vick Mickunas, NPR
"Fast-paced and riveting and certainly kept me guessing. The only thing I could wish for is more books in this series." --Dogster Magazine
“Such a fun book . . . A great page turning summer mystery.” —NPR's Radio Pet Lady (Tracie Hotchner) on Dog Talk