Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Culberson County, far West Texas
“Captain Kelly Bonham? Here he is,” said the SUV’s driver, punctuating his words full stop by slamming the vehicle’s door. “Your rescue dog.”
Yeah. Right. Bonnie rubbed her hands on her fatigue pants. Silly, to feel nervous over a dog. It wasn’t like she’d accepted a blind date or anything outrageous. Dogs generally liked her and the more she saw of dogs, the more she preferred them to every single man she knew. But still her palms itched, as if she’d done something stupid and expected to regret it.
Through the tinted side windows, all she could see was a dark outline, sitting stiffly upright in the rear seat. It seemed to be staring at her. Sure, great. Make me even more nervous.
The driver trudged around the SUV’s front, a Texas Rangers ball cap tugged down crookedly over his eyes. His lopsided grin tucked up his cheek on one side, leaving the other side of his face serious, and he set a clipboard and two stuffed file folders on the hood in passing.
“His name’s Pojo,” the driver said. “That’s Papa Oscar Juliet Oscar. He’s a registered German Shepherd, but not suitable for showing.” He popped open the rear door and held it for her with a flourish.
Bonnie wiped her hands again and leaned over.
Without looking away, he yawned, showing off an impressive collection of huge, glistening teeth, a dark mouth, an amazingly long tongue. His jaws stretched so wide, her head started to spin at the cavernous space opening before her. Then he snapped his jaws closed, teeth clacking.
And looked away. As if she no longer existed.
Oh, crap. Had she ever made a mistake.
Pojo's handler was killed in action in Afghanistan, with the dog watching. He's a bomb sniffer, not an attack dog, but no less dangerous for that. In Shakedown, Bonnie must learn what makes this bad boy tick, shaking it down with a dog who has more teeth than the law allows… before that bomb goes off.
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