In his sixth mystery, attorney Andy Carpenter wins one for dog lovers everywhere when he saves a golden retriever from an unjust extermination. Andy is thrilled about Reggie's narrow escape from death, but the situation becomes more complicated when he learns that Reggie was thought to have died five years earlier, the night his owner, Richard Evans, murdered his fiancee and attempted suicide. This case seemed clear-cut, resulting in a life sentence for Richard, but Reggie's reappearance raises long buried questions about the crime, questions that Andy is determined to answer.
This novel has a good combination of action and mystery, taking the reader from fight scenes in a dark alley to puzzles in the court room with barely enough time to draw breath. But Play Dead's strongest point is the humor--Andy's wry wit makes the novel, and the story is worth the read just for his snarky narration.