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Officer Pete Murphy's eleven-year-old son, Joel, is feeling invisible. His parents barely seem to notice him—unless they're having another fight about his "behavioral problems"—and his older sister, McKenna, has lately disappeared into the strange and frightening world of teenagerdom. About the only friend Joel has left is Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry Butch O'Hare—a.k.a. Butchie, his father's German Shepherd "partner" on K-9 patrol, and the one creature on Earth who's never too busy to listen to Joel's problems.
When Joel and Butchie follow McKenna to a backyard party attended by a group of neighborhood gangbangers, the smell of marijuana kicks the dog's police instincts into overdrive. Butchie springs into action, causing the accidental shooting of a partygoer. Soon Joel and Butchie are on the run.
Edgar® award winner Theresa Schwegel returns with her most dramatic and emotional novel to date, a family epic that combines the hard-boiled grit of her acclaimed police thrillers with the intimate portrait of a young boy trying to follow his heart in an often heartless city.
"For all the dog books currently in vogue, it's hard to beat this one for canine verisimilitude or talent. Butchie is a fully credible character, and he's arguably a lot more human than some of the book's other players...The dog elevates a fairly conventional detective story into something much more lovable."
—The New York Times (read the full review)
"[a] nail-biter from Edgar-winner Schwegel.... The reader will empathize with everyone from Pete, who has his heart in the right place but makes several wrong turns, to Butch, who never speaks yet says volumes."
"Theresa Schwegel returns with another powerhouse of a crime novel, and it is her finest work to date. The Good Boy is a vivid, nuanced, and emotional tale told in prose that crackles with electricity..."
—Bestselling author Michael Koryta
"The Good Boy is a terrific piece of crime writing—propulsive action paired with the authentic sounds of a city on the make. Theresa Schwegel's ear for dialogue is pitch-perfect... An essential read."
—Bestselling author Gillian Flynn