When Jeff Tarrant, a peddler, adopts a huge, scraggily stray dog, little does he know what he’s getting himself in for. Imagine his shock when he finds that the dog’s former owner was murdered, leaving behind a young son, Dan, who, sure that the killer is one of the Whitney family, is determined to hunt down and slay his father’s murderer. Convinced that such a young child shouldn’t be set on killing anyone, Jeff steps in to find the killer and hand him over to the law. Unfortunately, in trying to scare one of the Whitneys, Dan pretends that Jeff is a policeman, putting the Whitneys on the alert and creating a lot of danger for Jeff.
A very interesting book. At first it seemed a little slow, but there’s a real thrilling part toward the end of it. The ending is kind of abrupt, but I’ve noticed that in all the Jim Kjelgaard books I’ve read. (Of course, so far, that’s a whopping four books.) Don’t worry about your heart stopping with the dangerous and tense part. You’ll probably just sigh. “Ah!” you ask. “What sort of sigh?” There’s only one way to find out! Ask someone! (“No, wait. That wasn’t it. Oh, yes. Ahem.”) Read the book!