Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/9/29
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The first book of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, an “enchanting one-of-a-kind novel” (Stephen King) that is “nothing short of masterful” (Los Angeles Times).
Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. With Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales—until the bad guys try to turn the tables and the resourceful duo lands in the paws of peril. Spencer Quinn’s irresistible mystery kicks off a delightful new series that will have readers panting for more.
"Nothing short of masterful.... Sequels are a given, and a must. " -- Los Angeles Times
"A winning debut...that fans of classic mysteries are sure to appreciate." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Stalwart, often mischevious narrator Chet's amusing, perceptive canine take on [the novel's] human characters should appeal to hard-boiled fans and canine fanciers alike." -- Kirkus Reviews
"[Dog On It] will delight dog-loving mystery readers, but the book is also an excellent PI tale, dogs aside....A great sleuth and always upbeat, Chet may well be one of the most appealing new detectives on the block, but Bernie us a close runner-up. Excellent and fully fleshed primary and secondary characters, a consistently doggy view of the world, and a sprightly pace make this a not-to-be-missed debut. Essential for all mystery collections and for dog lovers everywhere." -- Booklist (starred review)
"At last, a dog lover's mystery that portrays dogs as they really are....Quinn's characters are endearing, and his narrative is intriguing, fast-moving, and well written. Even cat lovers will find it entertaining. [Dog On It] is highly recommend." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"[Dog On It] features the most winning narrator I've come across in a long time...[and] manages to ratchet up some real suspense." -- Christian Science Monitor
"I'm not a dog fancier, but I had a great time reading this book....Chet is a hoot -- or should I say a howl." -- Boston Globe
かのスティーブン・キングも”My sincere advice to you is to rush to your nearest bookstore”と絶賛する傑作。
Chet's human, Bernie Little, is a private investigator. He gets hired to find a missing girl, but she turns up before he really gets started. Then she disappears again, seemingly for good.
Chet has all kinds of adventures, both with Bernie and solo, like the night he jumps the fence and ends up in a shelter. He is about to be euthanized when a visiting reporter recognizes him and takes him home.
It's interesting having a dog narrate a mystery; it's actual a quite clever way to reveal certain facts to the reader while still keeping the protagonist in the dark.
Like I said, a fun, easy read. 3.25 stars.
It's a cardinal rule for writers: "1) Don’t kill the dog. You can kill the grandmother by inches or boil the baby, but if you kill the dog, readers will fling your book across the room and never buy or borrow another thing you’ve written." I might add, "Don't torture the dog."
But it all comes out right for Chet and his human. This is not in-depth, edgyh suspense, but it sure was pleasant to read in an afternoon.