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Twice Bitten

by Gerald Hammond

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Some weird twists and highly convoluted what-ifs, most of which end up being simpler than the truth. I really dislike the motivation for the whole mess, but that's because I see it too much in real life. And I was wondering whether the burned carcass described in the first chapter was Mim - no, it's not. Her story is kind of a side story - it only gives the...not bad guy (at least not the major one) - the idiot a reason to approach Cunningham and set off his alarms. ( )
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It was cold on the hill and all the colder for what we had just found.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312242565, Hardcover)

John Cunningham, veteran gun-dog trainer, stumbles into a dog-switching scheme that ends up in blackmail and, eventually, murder.

Mim, one of the litter of pups born at Three Oaks Kennels, is a throwback to Clunie, a champion with a strong and difficult temperament. John's kennel-maid Daffy tries to train the highly strung pup for gunwork, but when the task proves impossible, John agrees to sell Mim to local farmer and businessman Quentin Cove.

So imagine John's surprise when a year later the supposedly gun-shy Mim begins winning at field trials. Perhaps, as Daffy believes, John wrote Mim off too soon? Or is there a more sinister reason for the bitch's sudden success? And what is it that Cove's farm manager, Dougal Webb, has learned about Three Oaks Kennels--information so damning he believes he can try a spot of blackmail? That is until he suddenly disappears...

Sleuth John Cunningham, a retired army man breeding dogs in Scotland, investigates the murder of a farm manager in the neighborhood. The victim was something of a lady's man, as one of Cunningham's lady helpers can testify. A tale of blackmail.

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