Available May 24th
She thought she’d never trust again…
After losing her military K-9, former marine Maya Thompson swears she’ll never work with dogs again. But when she returns home to Colorado and accepts a job with U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, fate brings K-9 Juniper into her life just as another tragedy unfolds.
Juniper, a beautiful two-year-old Malinois, isn’t the only new addition to Maya’s life. Josh Colten, the local deputy sheriff, insists on helping with her new case. Handsome and mysterious, he’s all anyone in town can talk about, but Maya can’t let herself like him, let alone trust him.
When Maya’s grandfather goes missing amid a growing drug war, Maya must put her faith in Josh, and her own battered instincts, to find him. But there’s a web of secrets tying her grandfather to the tragedy that brought Juniper into her life—secrets someone would kill to keep hidden.
—Author Margaret Mizushima
—Author Baron R. Birtcher
“Chasing Justice is an exciting debut with a terrific new crime fighting duo—U.S. Forest Service Officer Maya Thompson and her K-9 partner Juniper. An experienced drug dog handler herself, Kathleen Donnelly delivers an authentic thriller with plenty of outdoor action. A must read for dog lovers and crime fiction lovers alike.”
—Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, including Hanging Falls
“Debut author Kathleen Donnelly has crafted a textured and compelling first novel in Chasing Justice, the story of returning Afghanistan veteran, Maya Thompson. The narrative opens as Thompson returns home to her rural small town, to complete her training as a US Forest Service law enforcement officer, where she is forced to confront her personal demons, and the emotional scars left by the losses she suffered in wartime, most particularly the tragic death of her K-9 partner. As compassionate as she is competent, Maya is thrown into the investigation of a shocking case that makes her question everything (and everyone) she once thought she knew. The author’s extensive experience as a K-9 trainer lends a palpable level of realism to every page, and her sure and confident voice as a storyteller propels a narrative that makes Chasing Justice a genuine joy to read. I look forward to more from Kathleen Donnelly, and this compelling new series.”
—Baron R. Birtcher, multi-award-winning author of Rain Dogs