That Dog Won't Hunt

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Orca Book Publishers, Oct 1, 2010 - Fiction - 128 pages
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Cowboy drifter Rick Cooper is on the run in the California desert when he meets Gladys Ryan, an eccentric widow who offers him a ride in her classic 1970 Mustang. Before long she convinces him to accompany her to Northern Ontario to help refurbish her hunting lodge, promising him a share of the upcoming season's profits and hinting at more. The offer is too good to pass up. Rick takes to life in the bush, working hard to make the lodge successful. In his free hours he hunts birds, reluctantly taking Bucky, Gladys' ancient golden retriever along with him. But when the lucrative season comes to an end, Gladys refuses to share the profits, instead offering the hired man a few thousand dollars in wages. In the middle of a drinking bout, an argument ensues. Rick shoves Gladys and she falls and hits her head and dies. He takes her body into the remote bush and disposes of her trademark Mustang, telling anyone who asks that she has gone off on her annual snowbird vacation. No one seems suspicious and it looks like the perfect crime. Rick seems to have it all figured out...except what to do with Bucky...
 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
24
Chapter Four
34
Chapter Five
56
Chapter Six
64
Chapter Seven
71
Chapter Eight
80
Chapter Nine
88
Chapter Ten
101
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About the author (2010)

Lou Allin is the author of the Arthur Ellis award-nominated Belle Palmer mysteries set in Northern Ontario. Formerly an English teacher, Lou holds a PhD. in English literature. She is the BC and Yukon vice-president for the Crime Writers of Canada. Lou lives on Vancouver Island with her border collies and minipoodle, and has a long history of working her dogs into her novels.

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