The Dead Years

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Book 1 of A Chicago K-9 thriller
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 07 Mar 2024

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A serial killer, dormant for years, reawakens after viewing a Netflix docuseries depicting his string of homicides. The killer is not happy with his portrayal and no one in the cast and crew is safe! The first instalment of a gripping new thriller series set in Chicago and featuring a young sibling sleuth-duo and their working dogs.

Siblings Cory and Crystal Pratt are still trying to get their lives together after a tragic accident which killed their parents years ago. The only thing that distracts them now is their jobs. With Crystal working as a newly minted detective at the Chicago Police Department and Cory owning a dog training academy with two human remains detection dogs of his own, their professional paths cross every now and then.

Crime, and especially murder, in Chicago is nothing new, but when a string of killings happen that seem to be connected to a Netflix docuseries and its cast and crew, Cory and Crystal are called in to stop the number of bodies from piling any higher.

But when the siblings start poking around the killer's business, the killer sets their sights on the pair . . . and particularly on Cory and his dogs! Will they be able to escape the fury of the serial killer or become the newest victims?

This fast-paced thriller, with insight into a serial killer's mind, is a perfect up-all-night binge-read, and a great choice if you love spirited detectives, great action - and very good dogs!

A serial killer, dormant for years, reawakens after viewing a Netflix docuseries depicting his string of homicides. The killer is not happy with his portrayal and no one in the cast and crew is safe!...

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Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House for allowing me to read an ARC of this title. This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I like how it flowed and each chapter was from a different character's perspective. Sometimes it took me a paragraph or two to figure out who's narrative I was reading though. I know what I read was an ARC but there were a lot of words in italics that I am not sure why they were so. Anyway, that is small potatoes-overall the story was great and I really enjoyed it!

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I enjoyed this mystery and the relationship between brother and sister. It had me fooled as to who was the father of the killer. I also enjoyed Alice and Rex the human remains detection dogs. I hope this is the start of a series because liked Cory and Crystal.

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Thank you Netgalley and Severn House for the chance to read an ARC of The dead years by Jeffrey B. Burton. I discovered this author when I started reading his Mace Reid K-9 mystery series. The dead years is the beginning of a new K-9 series featuring Siblings Cory (owner of a dog training academy) and Crystal Pratt (CPD detective). Chapters are written from a different character's perspective, including the killer, which I really enjoyed. Totally loved the dogs, Alice and Rex, just as much as Mace Reid's K-9's!

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