Joe Box, a Southern-bred, rough-hewn Cincinnati private investigator, is in for some big changes. Joe's just become a Christian, and not a moment too soon, as he finds himself facing the challenge of a lifetime. Joe's trying to track down and catch a seemingly inhuman killer, and this time it's personal——the shooter's after guys he served with in Vietnam.
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I don't usually read Christian fiction. Not because I'm an atheist or agnostic or any other 'a' word that would make my Southern Baptist parents turn over in their graves, but because I like my fiction quite a bit more true-to-life than is usually allowed for by the unrealistic restrictions most Christian publishers place upon their authors. So I was thrilled to find that Joe Box--John Robinson's rough-edged detective in UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES--is as real as... well, as Joe himself might say, as real as a slap upside the head from your mama when you're not paying attention. Joe is a multi-dimensional character who takes you with him just as deftly when he revisits 30-year-old memories of Vietnam as when you follow him breathlessly through the investigation into who is killing all his former platoon buddies. And for all Joe's lingering hard-nosed habits, ever-present and steadily growing is an inner peace and unmistakable contentment that come from Joe's still-new relationship with God that allows him to face the madman who wants to destroy all that Joe loves. Imperfect Christians are much better examples for non-believers than any holier-than-thou pontificator with nary a flaw, bad habit, or tarnished spot on his halo. Joe Box is a real Christian who is learning to live with his faith--warts and all. Readers of all kinds will both like him and identify with him, and I can't wait to join him in his next adventure.
In the middle of the night Cincinnati private investigator Joe Box receives call from a frantic Little Bit, who says someone is trying to kill the survivors of their Nam platoon. Joe is shocked to hear from a guy he had not spoken with in three decades while also trying to calm the guy down saying it is nonsense. Joe hangs up, but the next day Little Bit¿s wife calls saying he was electrocuted. Joe is stunned because he knew how afraid of electricity Little Bit was............................ Joe thinks that too much coincidence is involved as Little Bit had mentioned two other deaths in the last two weeks. With the help of librarian Mrs. Brake, he learns that three other members of his platoon of ten are also dead. As he flashbacks to his time in Nam, he wonders how to stop a killing machine who has made each death seem like suicide or accident before this invincible killer murders he or the other survivors.......................... This is an exhilarating thriller that modernizes Christie¿s AND THEN THERE WAS NONE by using a Nam platoon as the victims thirty years after they completed their tour of duty. Joe is an intriguing private sleuth who has found strength in God which has given him a reason to live although he still mourns the loss of his beloved who died one year into their marriage years ago. His supportive girlfriend Angela Swain helps, but the tale belongs to the cat and mouse game and the insightful flashbacks to a search mission to kill Charlie the sniper............................ Harriet Klausner