By John D. MacDonald
(Originally released in 1954. This version has an advent by means of Dean Koontz.)
A tv famous person wilting less than the limelight. An adman with a stiff higher lip. A emerging long island artist. A determined housewife. All are sufferers of a merciless puppet master—and now, in John D. MacDonald’s riveting whodunit, considered one of them is a killer.
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Because she didn’t have a reward, she crouched, held him in place to pet and praise. “You might as well stay if you’ve got the time. ” She released the pup, picked him up to cuddle. ” “Thirty for a thirty-minute group session. ” “We’ll make it work. It’s an eight-week course. You’re two behind. I’ll juggle in two individual sessions to bring him up to speed. ” Simon shrugged. ” “Considerably. ” Still carrying the puppy, she walked to the house. ” She spared him a glance. “That’s not what I do.
Since she had another long day ahead of her, what was the harm in an extra boost of sugar? As she debated, she drank the coffee and watched her dogs play outside. She never got tired of watching them. And wasn’t she lucky she could make a reasonable living in the company of dogs, and do something important? She thought of a little boy, warm and safe, and a father weeping with relief with his arms around a very good dog. Now that very good dog pranced around the yard with a stick in his mouth, as proud of that find—or nearly—as he’d been with the kid.
She lowered it so he could reach, and when his puppy teeth latched on, she released. Bogart’s tug lifted the puppy off the ground and he wiggled and clung like a furry fish on the line. Determined, she mused, and was pleased when Bogart dipped down so the pup hit the ground, then adjusted his pull for the smaller dog. “Peck, Newman, get the balls. ” Like their packmate, Peck and Newman dashed off. They came back with yellow tennis balls, spat them at Fiona’s feet. “Newman, Peck! ” She heaved the balls in quick succession so both dogs gave chase.