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The Wrong Dog: A Rachel Alexander & Dash Mystery Hardcover – May 22 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (May 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802733484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802733481
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,791,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Alexander, PI, and Dash, her pit bull, are back again in a fourth outing of this winning series, which does a lot to counteract the negative image of the breed--the four-footed rather than the flat-footed variety. When Sophie Gordon, an epileptic teacher at a school for deaf children, asks Rachel to find Side by Side, the mysterious organization that cloned her faithful companion Blanche, Rachel finds more than she bargained for, not only more than one carbon copy of Sophie's pet, but a litter of trouble.

Sophie loves Bianca, the supposedly cloned animal Side by Side promised her, but Bianca doesn't seem to have inherited the one trait that makes Blanche so valuable and that others suffering from Sophie's disease require: the ability to warn their owner when a seizure's coming. Concerned that whoever gets the other clones won't be able to rely on them for assistance, she sets Rachel on the trail of the veterinarian who supposedly cloned her pet. Then Sophie dies in what turns out to be murder, and although Rachel no longer has a client, she's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Motivated as much by concern for what will happen to Blanche and Bianca now that Sophie's dead, she presses on with her investigation despite her personal misgivings about the implications of cloning and soon finds herself a murder target. This is a smart, carefully paced mystery that has a nice surprise tucked into the conclusion. Rachel's doggy-love seems more important than her feelings for her boyfriend, a dog psychologist, or any other human, but her emotions are entirely believable and likely shared by plenty of others who are owned by their pets. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

In this fifth outing for Greenwich Village PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull, Dashiell, Benjamin continues the vivid prose, breakneck plotting and concern for contemporary issues that brought her the Shamus Award for 1996's This Dog for Hire. When Rachel agrees to meet Sophie Gordon in Washington Square Park, Dash has a ball playing with Sophie's young bullterrier, Bianca. Rachel's afternoon is far less simple, as Sophie's hard-to-swallow tale unfolds: she's an epileptic who lucked into a seizure-alert dogDone who can warn Sophie in time to take medication. Two years earlier, a woman approached Sophie at the park, saying she represented a charity that could clone Sophie's dog, BlancheDbut it had to be kept secret. Sophie would get one puppy and the others would help other epileptics. Bianca is that puppy, and she's the exact image of the aging Blanche, resting on Sophie's lap. But Bianca can't tell when Sophie is about to have a seizureDand Sophie can't find the agency to report that Blanche's lifesaving ability didn't pass to her clone. The day after their meeting, Sophie is murdered and Rachel and Dash are propelled into a dangerous search for her killer with help (or is it?) from Sophie's odd dog-walker. Rachel's New York savvy and big heart are appealing, and there's nothing coy or anthropomorphic about how Benjamin, a dog-trainer herself, portrays animals. There's almost too much action at the end, but overall this is a crackling good story even non-dog-lovers will enjoy. Agent, Brandt and Brandt. Mystery Guild alternate selection. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sophie Gordon was an epileptic. She used a seizure alert dog to tell her when she was going to have a seizure. The dog was getting old, so when someone approached her in the dog park proposing to clone her dog, she jumped at the chance to have a dog just like Blanche. In due time, she received Bianca, who looked exactly like Blanche. One problem, she did not alert. Sophie wanted to find the people who cloned her, to tell them that the alert trait that they were looking for wasn't there. Enter Rachel Alexander, private investigator and former dog trainer. Sophie hires her and Dash the pitbull to find the organization, so she can inform them. Not long after, Sophie is found dead of a seizure, or was it? There are alot of strange circumstances in this case and Rachel is determined to find out why Sophie died and to place Bianca and Blanche.
Each one of Benjamin's books seems to be better than the last. I just couldn't put this book down. It was very exciting in parts, lots of action, and a very satisfying ending.
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Sophie Gordon arranged to meet private investigator Rachel Alexander at the Washington Square Park dog run. There, Sophie explains why she needs a sleuth. The School of the Deaf teacher uses a service dog to help her by alerting her when she is going into a seizure. This allows Sophie the time to insure her safety. Her canine Blanche died, but before she did, the Side by Side agency cloned the dog. However, the canine Sophie received, Bianca, is unable to detect seizures. Sophie worries that the other clones will also fail to perform that task and wants the agency to warn their owners. However, the agency seems to have vanished off the planet.

Not to long after that meeting, Sophie dies conspicuously from a seizure. Rachel wonders about the questionable coincidence that her new client should die shortly after she tells the sleuth her tale, especially because Sophie was very careful with her ailment. Rachel feels obligated to find the Side by Side people and accompanied by Dash begins to make inquiries without yet realizing the danger she places herself and Dash in at the hands of unscrupulous individuals.

THE WRONG DOG is an exciting mystery filled with intelligence, humor, and a dash of Manhattan. The enjoyable yet educating story line is fun to read as the plot centers on cloning, disabilities, and an exhilarating investigation by one of the better female detectives as well as one of the better animal detectives in a current series. Fans will want to read Carol Lea Benjamin's other well-written canine tales.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on Feb. 18 2002
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Sophie Gordon, a woman with epilepsy who teaches the deaf has a wonderful pet therapy/aide dog. Her dog is alert to whenever she has a seizure. She loves and depends on her dog.
Enter P.I. Rachel Gordon and her sidekick, Dash. Dash has the trademark anvil shaped head that distinguishes the English bull terrier from the pit bull. Rachel and her anvil headed dog crack the case and yet you wonder -- is Sophie's dog really a clone?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent work Nov. 7 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sophie Gordon arranged to meet private investigator Rachel Alexander at the Washington Square Park dog run. There, Sophie explains why she needs a sleuth. The School of the Deaf teacher uses a service dog to help her by alerting her when she is going into a seizure. This allows Sophie the time to insure her safety. Her canine Blanche died, but before she did, the Side by Side agency cloned the dog. However, the canine Sophie received, Bianca, is unable to detect seizures. Sophie worries that the other clones will also fail to perform that task and wants the agency to warn their owners. However, the agency seems to have vanished off the planet.

Not to long after that meeting, Sophie dies conspicuously from a seizure. Rachel wonders about the questionable coincidence that her new client should die shortly after she tells the sleuth her tale, especially because Sophie was very careful with her ailment. Rachel feels obligated to find the Side by Side people and accompanied by Dash begins to make inquiries without yet realizing the danger she places herself and Dash in at the hands of unscrupulous individuals.

THE WRONG DOG is an exciting mystery filled with intelligence, humor, and a dash of Manhattan. The enjoyable yet educating story line is fun to read as the plot centers on cloning, disabilities, and an exhilarating investigation by one of the better female detectives as well as one of the better animal detectives in a current series. Fans will want to read Carol Lea Benjamin's other well-written canine tales.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Was Bianca really a clone of Blanche? Dec 14 2001
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sophie Gordon was an epileptic. She used a seizure alert dog to tell her when she was going to have a seizure. The dog was getting old, so when someone approached her in the dog park proposing to clone her dog, she jumped at the chance to have a dog just like Blanche. In due time, she received Bianca, who looked exactly like Blanche. One problem, she did not alert. Sophie wanted to find the people who cloned her, to tell them that the alert trait that they were looking for wasn't there. Enter Rachel Alexander, private investigator and former dog trainer. Sophie hires her and Dash the pitbull to find the organization, so she can inform them. Not long after, Sophie is found dead of a seizure, or was it? There are alot of strange circumstances in this case and Rachel is determined to find out why Sophie died and to place Bianca and Blanche.
Each one of Benjamin's books seems to be better than the last. I just couldn't put this book down. It was very exciting in parts, lots of action, and a very satisfying ending.
Can't Do Better Then This Feb. 1 2013
By Carol L. Iingraham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story keeps you on your toes. If you can keep all the dogs stright in the story it will be a wonder. I've written about Rachel Alexxander and Dash before and she never disapoints in her delivery. See other reviews I've written about her jauts with this dog. If you like logic and fast pase then this is a book for you.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dash is an English Bull Terrier Feb. 18 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sophie Gordon, a woman with epilepsy who teaches the deaf has a wonderful pet therapy/aide dog. Her dog is alert to whenever she has a seizure. She loves and depends on her dog.
Enter P.I. Rachel Gordon and her sidekick, Dash. Dash has the trademark anvil shaped head that distinguishes the English bull terrier from the pit bull. Rachel and her anvil headed dog crack the case and yet you wonder -- is Sophie's dog really a clone?


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