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    Virginia Lanier(Author)

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Jo Beth Sidden, who raises and trains bloodhounds for search-and-rescue missions in the Okefenokee Swamp, is faced with a web of deceit and betrayal when she is indicted for attempted murder

Lanier's anecdotal debut, melding good-old-boy humor and action-packed adventure, tracks the personal and professional life of Georgia bloodhound trainer Jo Beth Sidden. Working the three counties bordering the Okefenokee Swamp, Jo Beth conducts harrowing searches for missing persons, among them a retarded boy, two fishermen and an elderly man. In between, the outspoken, engaging heroine deals with a mysterious inheritance from her renowned painter father and the vengeful, murderous intentions of her former husband, Bubba. She also finds time to help old friends enmeshed in crime. The latter effort backfires, however, when Bubba is beaten nearly to death and Jo Beth can't give the police an alibi for fear of incriminating herself and a friend. Indicted for attempted murder, she must prove her innocence without divulging where she was or what she was doing. Lanier gives readers a thorough, insider's look at a unique occupation and a detailed view of Southern life near the swamp. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Not a police officer per se, rural Georgia's Jo Beth Sidden, a breeder and trainer of bloodhounds, collects clues in much the same way. Despite-or because of-her efficiency and resourcefulness in tracking missing persons for the police, she appears abrasive and outspoken, qualities that mask her fear of abusive ex-husband Bubba, who began stalking her the moment he left prison. Literate, well-modulated prose, satisfyingly detailed descriptions, elements of Southern decadence, and a leisurely pace punctuated by thrilling moments of action all characterize a very appealing first novel.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 544 pages
  • Virginia Lanier(Author)
  • HarperTorch (July 1, 1996)
  • English
  • 9
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By daydream on October 31, 2012

    ...could fully understand, and be totally amused by, some of the behavioral characteristics Ms. Lanier describes in her prose. Although we've had b'hounds for 22 years, and lived to talk about it, this is the first time I've picked up a Lanier book on the subject. Of course, I couldn't put it down. Tomorrow I go out and buy more. Her style of writing, and some of the detail she can go into, is different from what I've read lately. I felt anticipation, anxiety and amusement at all the right times. It also brought me to tears at one point - I also had a black cat, who slept at my feet for 15 years, begin to sleep on top of my head after the loss of another loved pet, for the rest of her life, purring and licking away my tears. Cats and bloodhounds are the greatest! Ms. Lanier put me in touch again with the country side of life (we are mostly city-slickers). I'm sure my 13&1/2 year-old b'hound, if she could read well, would appreciate this book too.

  • By Kathleen Loughlin on February 2, 2003

    This is an incredible first book of a series, that sadly is behind a couple years. The books are; 1996-Death in Bloodhound Red, 1997-The House on Bloodhound Lane, 1998- A Brace of Bloodhounds, 1999-Blind Bloodhound Justice, 2000-Ten Little Bloodhounds. I'm not sure why we don't have books for 2001 and 2002, but after you read the first book and then run out and buy the next four that continue without dropping the pace and excitement, you'll mourn the gap in the series. Especially using the recommendations, its not that infrequent I get a new author 'can't put me down'er. However this was one of those I read through as fast as I can because of the tension and mystery, and then start right over again to read for the wealth of information and the beauty of the text.I can't think of anything this book doesn't have. There is a strong female protaganist, and one that hard to work her way from the ground up as well (as I did) that I really appreciate. As a now breeder and trainer of bloodhounds, Jo Beth is a complex character with sometimes warring qualitis, but one that acts consistently within the defined pesonality. The tension with the maniacal ex husband catches you quickly, but the mystery picks up and holds you as you go on. Additionally I love a book that provides some other new knowlege and this book is rife with knowlege about 'The South', the Okenofree swamp, and Bloodhounds. I've checked some of what I learned here with a friend who has been in the swamp and the South and it's been checking out. As an animal lover as well, you really get to love the bloodhounds and the knowlege of scent tracking and bloodhounds in particular is wide and varied.Yet Virginia Lanier sneaks the information in without any long boring solioquies. She always manages to get the right amount in to help you appreciate the story and does it in a way that goes with the story, like say explaining something to a new person, and then drives back to the plot before you could get bored. And she makes it fascinating. As I said earlier I was interested enough to talk to people till I found one that had been in the okenofee swamp, and I've got bloodhound research on my list of things to look into as well. As far as the south in concerned, I feel she does a good job of showing the pros and cons, the beauty and surface graciousness on the surface, and the misogeny and the racism underneath.

  • By WIAPilot on June 14, 2004

    "Death in Bloodhound Red" is the first in the Virginia Lanier "Bloodhound Series." It is a great book and so different from most mysteries that I am surprised that I had not heard of the series before.This is a series to buy all at once because once you start reading = you will not want to stop."Death in Bloodhound Red" is difficult to classify even though it is a mystery. It is not a superficially light book and there are parts that will make you laugh and parts that are very somber.Jo Beth Sidden raises and trains bloodhounds and utilizes them for tracking in a small county in Georgia. Her life is rather interesting. Her deceased father became a famous artist when she was a teenager, while most of her childhood was spent in dire poverty. Her childhood though, is in many ways very mysterious.Yet by working continually, Jo Beth has built a kennel and bloodhoumd business. Businesses and law enforcement agencies hire her and her dogs to seek out drugs and criminals.Jo Beth is rather a tough woman because she has had to be. But she is working at addressing the vulnerabilities in her life and this dialogue is reflected as well. She is a very ardent feminist because she has had to confront countless prejuidices in her life of work.Virginia Lanier has topped my list for new authors.

  • By Marilyn Keppel on April 6, 2013

    It's wonderfull reading about a strong, intelligent & flawed woman who loves her dogs as much as life itself. I can only say it saddens my heart that Virginia Lanier has passed away and can no longer provide the continuing story of Jo Beth Sidden who totally rocks! I have the privilege of living with two wonderful Black & Tan Coon Hounds, Ravanfar & Jessie who originated from the Blessed Bloodhound & Foxhound. I get to live vicariously thru Jo Beths' adventures & if you have read Death in Bloodhound Red you MUST read them all, you won't be sorry. I wish someone could take up where Virginia Lanier left off and continue the story of Jo Beth & Bobby Lee................I so miss the adventure.Thank You Virginia Lanier for the wonderful stories

  • By Nancy Bee on March 6, 2017

    A favorite author and series. Sorry she's gone too soon.Don't miss this series if you like southern mysteries.

  • By agnes bonaparte on October 29, 2002

    I don't regret buying this book and will read the rest in the series, I'm sure. One intersting thing about this book was you really don't know what the main plot is until the very end, because there are so many of them. This annoyed me at first, but then I realized it made the book more unpredictable and therefore more interesting. It also read more like someone's real life would be instead of a story that follows a predetermined formula. The main character (Jo Beth) was a little over the top sometimes, but was also funny and strong, which I like. If you are thinking about buying this book, I would definitely say go for it.


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