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Death Scent
S. V. Wolf

Black Rose Writing
April 26, 2012 / ISBN 978-1612961019

Reviewed by Beverly J. Rowe

A serial killer story with a difference. I expected a straightforward murder mystery, but this story was much more.

Titan is a cadaver dog who communicates with his Native American master, and assists the deceased to find their way "across the Great Divide." The dog's supernatural abilities lead him to the dead, and permit him to communicate with Shawnee, his trainer, and also with the spirits of the dead. The Shawnee folklore and the maturing of their young Death Dog make a thrilling story, though I had to suspend reality and embrace the fantasy. I enjoyed S. V. Wolf's powerful and compelling characterization, the chilling winter weather descriptions, and the obscure clues the killer left for them to try to sort out.

The identity of the killer does not come as a surprise, rather part of the story is told from his viewpoint as he captures and kills innocent women. He has killed several young women; after hours of extreme brutal torture, he hangs them in such a manner that they strangle themselves as he watches.

The chase is electrifying as members of the Shawnee Nation, the FBI, and the local law enforcement try to unravel the clues left by the killer, and try to anticipate his next crime.

This is S. V. Wolf's debut novel and I feel sure we can expect further adventures of Titan, the Death Dog.

Reviewed 2012