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Evil Breeding

Evil Breeding

Titel: Evil Breeding
Autoren: Susan Conant
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Praise for Susan Conant’s Dog Lover’s Mysteries
     
    THE BARKER STREET REGULARS
    “Sherlockians especially will enjoy Conant’s latest dog mystery featuring journalist Holly Winter in her most intricate case yet.” — Publishers Weekly
     
    “Dog lore and Sherlockiana will keep Conant’s audience interested.... Recommended.” — Deadly Pleasures
     
    STUD RITES
    “An intimate knowledge of Alaskan malamutes isn’t necessary to appreciate Susan Conant’s Stud Rites.... Conant’s characterizations are dead-on and her descriptions of doggy kitsch—most notably a malamute-shaped lamp trimmed with a dead champion’s fur—are hilarious.” - Los Angeles Times
     
    “Conant’s doggy tales... are head and shoulders above many of the other series in which various domestic pets aid or abet in the solving of crimes.... Should appeal to everyone who is on the right end of a leash.” - The Purloined Letter
     
    BLACK RIBBON
    “A fascinating murder mystery and a very, very funny book... written with a fairness that even Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie would admire.” — Mobile Register
     
    RUFFLY SPEAKING
    “Conant’s dog lover’s series, starring Cambridge freelance dog-magazine reporter Holly Winter and her two malamutes, Rowdy and Kimi, is a real tail-wagger.” - The Washington Post
     
    BLOODLINES
    “Highly recommended for lovers of dogs, people, and all-around good storytelling.” — Mystery News
    “Lively, funny, and absolutely premium, Conant’s readers—with ears up and alert eyes—eagerly await her next.”— Kirkus Reviews
     
    GONE TO THE DOGS
    “Conant infuses her writing with a healthy dose of humor about Holly’s fido-loving friends and other Cambridge clichés. The target of her considerable wit clearly emerges as human nature.” — Publishers Weekly
     
    ANIMAL APPETITE
    “Swift and engrossing.” — Publishers Weekly
    “Invigorating... Conant gives us a cool, merry, and informative look at academic Cambridge.” - Kirkus Reviews
     

ALSO BY SUSAN CONANT
     
    The Barker Street Regulars
    Animal Appetite
    Stud Rites
    Black Ribbon
    Ruffly Speaking
    Bloodlines
    Gone to the Dogs
    Paws Before Dying
    A Bite of Death
    Dead and Doggone
    A New Leash on Death
     

 

This edition contains the complete text of the original hardcover edition.
NOT ONE WORD HAS BEEN OMITTED.
 
EVIL BREEDING
 
A Bantam Book
 
PUBLISHING HISTORY
 
Doubleday hardcover edition published April 1999
Bantam paperback edition / February 2000
All of the characters in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
 
All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1999 by Susan Conant.
Cover art copyright © 1999 by Tristan Elwell.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-11249.
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ISBN 0-553-58052-3
Published simultaneously in the United States and Canada
 
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To my handsome, prancing boy, Frostfield Firestar’s Kobuk, CGC, whose radiant optimism now brightens even the valley of the shadow of death. Take careful note of the route, my sweet dog. One day, you will light the way for me.
     

Acknowledgments
     
    The Alaskan malamute called Tazs, mentioned in this book, is Ch. Foxfire’s Szatahni Tosah, WWPD, WTD, WPD, WLD, WWPDX, CGC. Tazs is owned and adored by Delores Lieske. Thank you, Delores, for letting me borrow this miraculous combination of sweetness, strength, beauty, and charm. I am once again grateful to Chris and Eileen Gabriel for graciously letting me name a

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