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Bluetick Revenge
by Mark Cohen
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Mysterious Press, 2005 (2005)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Bluetick Revenge opens as Private Investigator Pepper Keane dognaps a bluetick coonhound from Thaddeus Bugg, a known drug dealer with an attitude. The apprehension of the dog, Prince, is part of a deal for the drug dealer's wife to testify against her husband.

Keane ends up babysitting both wife and coonhound while federal marshals build their case. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Pepper finds himself more and more embroiled in something he'd rather walk away from. Bugg hires him to find his errant wife and, incidentally, the vast amount of money she strolled off with. The wife runs from the PI and her husband. Pepper ends up having to pacify: Bugg's followers, the Sons of Satan; skinheads he's offended; the feds who think he's responsible for the wife's disappearance; and his Uncle Ray who is a whole book unto himself.

Unfortunately for Pepper, he has several soft spots and tries to do right by everyone. Which makes the plot even more compelling. I found myself cheering on the good guys and booing the baddies. There's never a dull page and the dialogue is priceless - Bluetick Revenge is a great read.

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