Evil Breeding

Evil Breeding

A Dog Lover's Mystery

Book - 2000
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Dog's Life columnist Holly Winter has just landed a plum contract to write a book on Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge's legendary pre-World War II dog shows. Holly arranges to interview one of the last living participants in those fabulously opulent and exclusive shows: canine fancier B. Robert Motherway.

But there's something decidedly unsettling about the gracious old gent's imposing home with its acres of kennels. His dying wife wails piteously in an upstairs room, his servants are his sullen son and his downtrodden daughter-in-law, and his favorite German shepherd dog has an ill-bred snarl. Meanwhile, Holly's mail is laced with anonymous packages-old photographs, letters in German, and a brochure on pills for listless pooches.

Nothing makes sense until a garroted body is found in a nearby cemetery. Suddenly Holly and her Alaskan malamutes, Rowdy and Kimi, are on a seventy-year-old trail of deception, decadence, and death. And either they unearth the skeletons or join them.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9780553580525
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 18 cm


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Dec 07, 2011

Not up to her usual standard. Very interesting historical research on the connections between wealth dog owners in the US and pre-war Nazi spies in the years leading up to WW2 however. It seems the author found some stunning information about the dog world in the pre-war period and wrote a book about it. However, she forgot that her mystery books need a mystery. Even her main character is very unsympathetic and thin in this book.

BUT I repeat, as a look at the attitudes of wealthy Americans leading up to the war as pro the aims of the Nazis for "improving" the human race, this book provides food for thought and prehaps research of your own.


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