"Highly descriptive passages and the way we are given insight into the mind of Ned and Kate remind me of Chandler and his world-weary detective heroes. . . . Not a book to skip through but one to be enjoyed and savoured." —Eurocrime
"[A] well-balanced combination of instruction, mystification and action . . . a very promising debut." —Literary Review
"Gripping." —Dog Today
When beloved movie star Sir Tommy Best drowns after falling through a hole in a rickety pier, all of Britain mourns. Long blind, Tommy was always guided by his talented work dog, Suzy, so it's puzzling that she wasn't on the scene when he died. Suspecting foul play, DCI Ned Bale investigates, relying on dog handler Kate Baker to work with Suzy. Ned and his team pore through the clues and, using technology and forensic evidence, begin to glean why Best would have been at the docks. Concurrently, Kate tracks down Nick Parsons, who had trained Suzy. Nick, blind and living off the grid, agrees to teach Ned to "play" blind to solve the case. But if Ned is going to pull off his own bit of dramatic role-playing, what is to keep him from dying on the docks, too? VERDICT In this striking debut from a former documentary filmmaker, Lewis's premise of using the dog to solve the murder raises moral questions and will haunt readers long afterward.