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

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

by Carol Lea Benjamin

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061983238
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Rachel Alexander and Dash Series , #8
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 169,077
File size: 681 KB

About 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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Without a Word (Rachel Alexander and Dash Series #8) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the dogs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
unexpected plot twists, believable characters, and compassionate, smart, methodical, world - savvy main character. Love these books and this is no exception.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it will be a good book
Gusto1953 More than 1 year ago
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.