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Not the best of Wilson’s canine stories.

Wilson (A Man of His Own, 2013, etc.) again goes to the dogs to explore fractured lives, this time adding crime to the mix. 

The dog is nameless and spends half the book roaming feral in the woods near Harmony Farms, Massachusetts. Symbolism, no doubt, for Cooper Harrison and Natalie Everett, romantic protagonists, are each foundering in emotional loss. Cooper’s on PTSD medical leave from the Boston police department after a madman’s explosion that killed his police K-9, Argos,the perfect work dog and companion. Ex–Wall Streeter Natalie has retreated to Second Hope Farm, a horse-rescue operation, to cope with her husband Marcus’ death. The nameless dog was peppered by an ill-tempered duck hunter, the town’s bigwig, and it's Cooper’s job to corral it, having signed on as temporary animal control officer. Cooper at first doesn’t want the job back in the place where he’s known as the the town drunk’s kid: Bull Harrison, "a lumbering shaggy dog of a man, " came back from Vietnam and took to the bottle in a ramshackle house on Poor Farm Road. Worse, Cooper’s estranged brother is just out of Walpole Prison. Cooper’s "spent far too many years of my professional career working to put people like my brother behind bars." Now he’s rounding up Cutie Pie, a pet donkey. It’s Lifetime movie material—easily readable, emotion-wracked drama about love lost and found—with one-size-fits-all characters like bachelor farmer/surrogate uncle Deke, crazy cat lady Polly and goth-chick shelter assistant Jenny. The feral dog is tamed, Bull falls off the wagon and climbs back on with Cooper’s help, and the rich guy gets his comeuppance.

Not the best of Wilson’s canine stories.

Pub Date: March 24, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-01434-4

Page Count: 352

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: Jan. 7, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2015

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Wacky plot keeps the pages turning and enduring schmaltzy romantic sequences.

Sisters work together to solve a child-abandonment case.

Ellie and Julia Cates have never been close. Julia is shy and brainy; Ellie gets by on charm and looks. Their differences must be tossed aside when a traumatized young girl wanders in from the forest into their hometown in Washington. The sisters’ professional skills are put to the test. Julia is a world-renowned child psychologist who has lost her edge. She is reeling from a case that went publicly sour. Though she was cleared of all wrongdoing, Julia’s name was tarnished, forcing her to shutter her Beverly Hills practice. Ellie Barton is the local police chief in Rain Valley, who’s never faced a tougher case. This is her chance to prove she is more than just a fading homecoming queen, but a scarcity of clues and a reluctant victim make locating the girl’s parents nearly impossible. Ellie places an SOS call to her sister; she needs an expert to rehabilitate this wild-child who has been living outside of civilization for years. Confronted with her professional demons, Julia once again has the opportunity to display her talents and salvage her reputation. Hannah (The Things We Do for Love, 2004, etc.) is at her best when writing from the girl’s perspective. The feral wolf-child keeps the reader interested long after the other, transparent characters have grown tiresome. Hannah’s torturously over-written romance passages are stale, but there are surprises in store as the sisters set about unearthing Alice’s past and creating a home for her.

Wacky plot keeps the pages turning and enduring schmaltzy romantic sequences.

Pub Date: March 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-345-46752-3

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Ballantine

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2005

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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