Without a Word (Rachel Alexander and Dash Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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Private investigator Rachel Alexander and her pit bull Dashiell return in this stylish, dark, emotionally complex seventh mystery from former detective and noted dog trainer Carol Lea Benjamin.

When a distraught father approaches private investigator Rachel Alexander in a New York City park, asking her to help find his missing wife, Rachel accepts––reluctantly. After all, the chances of finding a woman who disappeared without a trace––and without a word––five years earlier are ...

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Without a Word (Rachel Alexander and Dash Series #8)

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Overview

Private investigator Rachel Alexander and her pit bull Dashiell return in this stylish, dark, emotionally complex seventh mystery from former detective and noted dog trainer Carol Lea Benjamin.

When a distraught father approaches private investigator Rachel Alexander in a New York City park, asking her to help find his missing wife, Rachel accepts––reluctantly. After all, the chances of finding a woman who disappeared without a trace––and without a word––five years earlier are slim. But it's the missing woman's daughter who touches her most deeply––a troubled young girl whose mother's disappearance has rendered her mute. The child is also suspected of the murder of her doctor, a rich neurologist who was brutally stabbed one night while he was alone in his office. Rachel knows the disturbed girl can't be a murderer, but her investigation reveals that against all odds, it could be someone from her past. And against a backdrop of betrayal, neglect, and a city at times as lonely and frightening as a child's worst nightmares, Rachel's involvement in the case uncovers issues more complex, and more heartbreaking, than she's ever seen––problems that someone was willing to die, or even kill, for.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull Dashiell are at it again, this time involved in a dark and emotionally complex seventh case. Dog trainer and former detective Benjamin lives in New York City. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A new task for Dash the sleuthing pit bull, who's asked to fetch a missing wife. Sally Spector went out five years ago to walk Roy, her Border Collie, and vanished. Now her daughter Madison, who hasn't spoken ever since, is suspected of killing her doctor after he gave her a botox injection that caused a drooping eyelid. Sally's husband Leon Spector hopes Sally's return will encourage Madison to speak again. So he asks Rachel Alexander, walking Dash in Washington Square Park, for help. Though Sally's abandonment left both Leon and Madison with deep psychological scars, Dash's past as a therapy dog helps Rachel (Fall Guy, 2004, etc.) establish a connection with them while she digs up some surprising facts about Madison's biological father, who never knew she existed, and her late doctor, who had a secret life. Rachel reopens the cold case by talking to Madison's father and to an actor who still lives in the Spectors' apartment house. Meantime, she tries to solve the doctor's murder with grudging help from Ms. Peach, his receptionist. When the doctor's mistress is listed as a victim of suicide, alarm bells ring. Fans will wag their tails for the empathetic characters and all-too-plausible plot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061983238
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Rachel Alexander and Dash Series , #8
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 374,412
  • File size: 651 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Lea Benjamin is a noted author about, and trainer of, dogs. Her award-winning books on dog behavior and training include Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog, Second-Hand Dog, and Dog Training in Ten Minutes. A former detective, Benjamin blends her knowledge of dogs with her real-life experiences to create the Rachel Alexander mystery series. Recently honored by the International Association of Canine Professionals with election to their Hall of Fame, she lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and three dogs, Dexter, Flash, and Peep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Withoyt a world

    I think it will be a good book

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    There's something to be said for silence.

    What would you do if your mother walked out of your life when you're just a kid? Wear her clothes - even though they're way too big. Stop talking. Stop writing. Kill your therapist? Rachel has to find out if her client killed her therapist, but only after finding out what happened to the mother. See how dogs provide clues and follow Rachel and Dash around New York.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    remarkable private investigative tale

    Five years two months and eleven day ago, Sally Spector was walking Roy the family pet when she vanished. Her daughter Madison has not spoken since her mother disappeared and is the prime suspect of murdering her doctor for causing a drooping eyelid. Though hurt by his wife¿s abandonment, Leon is more worried over his daughter he concludes that Madison needs to see that her mother is okay if she is to start to heal. --- In Manhattan¿s Washington Square Park, Leon sees Rachel Alexander walking her pit bull Dashiel a former therapy dog. He asks for her help in finding his missing wife and mother to his shell shocked daughter. Seeing father and daughter wear deep psychological wounds from the abandonment, Rachel agrees to help starting with Dashiel offering friendship to the distraught girl. As Rachel investigates the disappearance and the homicide, she soon learns that the doctor's mistress apparently committed suicide. Rachel knows this is too coincidental to be happenchance she wonders who connects a mute frightened girl, her doctor, and his mistress for that missing link is the killer. --- WITHOUT A WORD is a remarkable private investigative tale because the prime cast members seem genuine and the events quite plausible. The hearts of readers will go out to the silent sad little murder suspect who as Rachel digs deeper into the case it seems increasingly likely she committed the homicide though the sleuth¿s gut and Dash¿s opinion evidence by his actions towards Madison speak otherwise. Fans will be fully entertained as Rachel works the missing mommy inquiry for a fee and the murder investigation pro bono for a little girl who has touched her soul. --- Harriet Klausner

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