Monday, June 9, 2008

Doggone-Gabriella Herkert

Gabriella Herkert
Obsidian, Aug 2008, $6.99
ISBN: 9780451224736

Legal investigator Sara Townley is sent to San Diego to investigate fraud, involving identity theft; Sara is very happy to go there because she has a chance to see her husband Connor McNamara, a Navy SEAL stationed there. A rich recluse Mr. Charles Smiths had $2,000,000 taken from his accounts. Her client, the bank, wants their money back and needs to know how the perpetrator stole it. This happened about the time a persosn claiming to be Charles went on the radio insisting he had amnesia for years. Sara calls this man John Doe.

The client whose money was stolen has lived an unhappy life starting from the moment he saw his parents murdered. To do her job properly, Sara has to speak with the talk show host, the maid who was there when the police was called about the deaths of Charles’ parents and the retired cop who will get the case notes from his partner’s widow. Too bad that two of these people she must see have been murdered recently and a third injured since Sara arrived in Southern California.

The title character is about a dog who seems to show up at critical moments who is owned by John Doe. Unlike her husband Sara feels sorry for John as she does not believe he is a killer let alone dangerous; in fact she partially believes he is the real Charles. Fans will feel CATNAPPED by Gabriella Herkert as DOGGONE it has an eccentric cast including plenty of suspects that make for a five bark mystery; as readers ponder will the real Charles Smith please stand up (alive)?

Harriet Klausner