Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte / 350-page paperback published in 2023 in the Penguin Modern Classics Crime & Espionage Series / ISBN 9780241656921
For the unlikely crime-busting duo Leo and Serendipity, a missing dog is only the start of their troubles...
Leo Bloodworth, 'the Bloodhound', is a world-weary L.A. gumshoe with a reputation for finding anything - and a low tolerance of precocious teenagers. Serendipity Dahlquist is a precocious teenager. When the headstrong, roller-skating fourteen-year-old asks Bloodworth to help track down her lost dog Groucho, it leads this oddest of odd couples into the dark criminal underworld of the Mexican mafia, and into more trouble than they'd bargained for.
Dick Lochte's first novel, Sleeping Dog was published to enormous acclaim. He was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times for several decades, and formerly president of both the American Crime Writers League and the Private Eye Writers of America. Born in New Orleans, Lochte now lives on the West Coast.