Lone Wolf (F.B.I. K-9l)
by Sara Driscoll
Review by Mel Jacob
Kensington Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: 9781496704412
Date: 29 November 2016
Lone Wolf begins with the tracking of the killer of a young girl by two FBI K-9 agents and their dogs. The keen noses of the two dogs are tested, but they track the killer to his home. After this, they are called to an explosion of a government facility. The dogs work to locate survivors and bodies from wreckage of the destroyed building. When a reporter gets a letter hinting at a murderous campaign against the federal government, a desperate search begins to find those responsible before more deaths occur.
Megan "Meg" Jennings and her search dog Hawk form a top-rated team in the FBI K-9 unit. Searching for the victims of the latest series of vengeful bombings requires all Meg's intelligence, skill, and patience as well as asking the same of her dog Hawk. After the first bombing, a reporter receives a note claiming responsibility and promising more of the same. The paper is hesitant to publish the note, but does so and gives the letter to the FBI.
A second blast occurs in a tax office. The bomber is not satisfied with the newspaper coverage and sends the reporter another letter demanding he be given credit and his pictures of the scenes be featured in the paper.
The narrative shifts between Meg, the FBI, the reporter, and the bomber as more sites are bombed and more innocent people are killed. The FBI starts checking old complaint files at the various agencies bombed. Gradually clues are amassed and profiles of potential suspects are updated.
A budding romance between the reporter and Meg is encouraged by their joint concern to locate the bomber. Sharing information helps uncover different aspects of the bomber that may lead to stopping him.
The non-stop narrative piles up victims and continued threats. Driscoll keeps the pressure on all parties. The killer must be stopped before he commits the ultimate strike. Meanwhile, the bomber plots his most ambitious target.
The mystery focuses on discovering who the bomber is and why he has chosen specific agencies as his victims. One important, but unexplored lose end is where and how he obtained military grade materials to inflict the maximum damage.
Sara Driscoll is the pseudonym for the writing team of Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlann. They also wrote four mysteries in the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries series as Jen J. Danna with Ann Vanderlann. Lone Wolf is the first of their new series FBI K 9 with Sara Driscoll as their pseudonym. The debut bodes well for the future novels.