A Nose for Justice

A Nose for Justice

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Explosive sabotage and the startling unearthing of a hundred-year-old skeleton on a Nevada ranch thrillingly start off this debut novel in a tail-wagging new series from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.

With the ruins of her high-powered Wall Street job now far in the rearview mirror of her rented silver Camaro, thirty-two-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep's sprawling Wings Ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat, with his suspicious nose to a cracked window, is Mags's beloved wirehaired dachshund, the urbane Baxter. 

Mags was named for her great-aunt, Magdalena-though everyone calls the spry octogenarian rancher Jeep. From piloting planes in World War II to discovering one of America's largest gold deposits, Jeep has enjoyed a lifetime jam-packed with love and adventure, and she's not done yet. At her side-to Baxter's low-down distress-is Jeep's loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual: King sniffs that Baxter is a "fuzzy sausage."
Meanwhile, someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley's pumping station, endangering the water supply near and far. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders, but he doesn't yet know if it's a corporate plot or twisted eco-terrorism. He's also called out to Wings Ranch when human bones are dug up in Jeep's barn; the dead man's ring identifies him as an elite Russian military officer from the late 1800s, apparently knifed to death. In her search to find out whodunit, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep's ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill. 

Mags and Pete have mysteries to solve, among them why they are so drawn to each other. Baxter and King team up when it comes time to protect their humans. And all the while, Jeep Reed, the sassiest wit in the West, has a bold plan for Red Rock Valley in which they all will play a part.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345511812
Branch Call Number: MYS F BRO
Characteristics: xii, 267 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hartman, Laura


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Jun 22, 2015

Could have used some serious editing. Dialogue was stilted and story line was pretty weak. More pontificating than story.

Mar 18, 2013

I did not read this book. It should have been burned. Contains crude language and a homosexual character.

May 11, 2012

Enjoyed the book even though the main human character seems implausibly wealthy. The story of water rights and the problems that can arise from it is current.
The mystery is well written but the ending is sort of a quick fix.
Still enjoyable to read though

Dec 02, 2010

Many characters to keep track of.
Water conservation theme was foremost in Nevada's economy, with no solutions. A definite bias against "developers."


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Apr 16, 2018

Someone is buying up the water rights to the district. Mags and her dog Baxter have come to stay with Great Aunt Jeep Reed and her dog King on a ranch near Reno, Nevada. When updating the barn, they find a 100 year-old buried dead body. While trying to solve that mystery someone is on a killing spree in the present. Of course the dogs talk; to each other and the neighboring wild life (coyotes).

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