Product Description With the help of her treasured bloodhounds, hard-nosed sleuth Jo Beth Siddon scopes a ring of marijuana growers and follows a dangerous trail that takes her through the swamps of the Okefenokee. By the author of Death in Bloodhound Red. From School Library Journal YA. Jo Beth Siddon owns and operates a kennel, raising and training bloodhounds and also using them to find lost persons, criminals, and, sometimes, victims. Calling on her knowledge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its surroundings, the woman and her dogs find an abducted child and the abductor, solve a murder, sniff out a fire bomb, lead a successful drug raid, and kill an alligator attacking puppies. Jo Beth's superhuman accomplishments are balanced with human error, bad habits, and her own unhappy love life. Lanier quickly establishes the characters in spite of the sometimes frenetic pace of the story. Dialogue may take some getting used to by those unfamiliar with Southern culture, but it does not detract from the pleasure of the story. Descriptions of the area's heat and humidity and its beautiful flora and fauna conjure up evocative images. Tying subplots together, Lanier keeps readers' interest from the first words to the last with nonstop action. Her strong female protagonist sets out to make life work and succeeds despite frequent setbacks and hostility from several of the "good ole boys." Teens who enjoy this, the third book in the series, will want to try Lanier's other novels as well as stories by Margaret Maron (her mentor), Sharyn McCrumb, and Carolyn G. Hart, who also specialize in strong female protagonists.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. About the Author Virginia Lanier lives with her husband on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, in Echols County, Georgia. She is the award-winning author of The House on Bloodhound Lane, Death in Bloodhound Red, and A Brace of Bloodhounds. She is a member of the American Bloodhound Club and Sisters in Crime.