Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Having been promoted from "Puppy" to "Dog," Beka, now a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, and her former partner head to a neighboring port city to investigate a case of counterfeit coins.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375914690
Characteristics: 551 p. : map ; 23 cm.
Summary: Having been promoted from "Puppy" to "Dog," Beka, now a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, and her former partner head to a neighboring port city to investigate a case of counterfeit coins.


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Mar 15, 2016

There have been many times and places in human history where guilt or innocence were about how much money you had for bribes or how powerful your friends were. I can't argue with the realism of the corruption the main character is investigating, but plenty of innocents face a grim fate in this one. Interesting cast of characters, including multifaceted villains.

Jan 11, 2016

I like this series but I have to say, her romance disappointed me. Dale is not someone I'd expect her to countenance and I found him extremely presumptuous. Given her integrity, her easy acquiescence to his advances seems odd.

Jul 11, 2014

OMG this book was soooooo good!! Tamora Pierce is brilliant~!!!

Aug 20, 2012

I loved the book before and I loved this one. I had no doubts if I would love this book. It was so different from the first one but it was just as good.

lms Apr 28, 2012

Beka Cooper becomes an apprentice "dog" with the nose of a bloodhound in ferreting out criminals in the land of Tortall. A sophisticated, dangerous adventure to read for the older adolescent/teen

Aug 04, 2011

2nd in this series, this story was really amazing! I loved it! I'm not really into police-drama/mystery, but Pierce's writing style, her enchanting characters, the suspense and the action really make this a beautiful read!

MissJen Feb 11, 2011

Two of my favorite genres, police procedural mystery and fantasy, come together in the Beka Cooper series. In this second volume of the trilogy, Beka is now a full-fledged Dog, a member of Tortall's police force. Beka's struggle to find a full-time partner who fits with her intense style of Dog-work is interrupted by the appearance in Corus of a large number of counterfeit coins. Soon, through hard work and a few coincidences, Beka is assigned to the counterfeiting case as well as to the handling of a scent-hound named Achoo. The search leads Beka and her former training Dog Goodwin to Port Caynn where they must play the part of corrupt, lazy Dogs and use all their resources, including Beka's ability to talk to dust spinners and the dead who ride on the backs of pigeons, to uncover who is at the root of the plot.

There's a charming new love interest for Beka and it's nice to get to see her have some fun, but I missed the members of Corus' Court of the Rogue who were introduced to us in the first book (not to mention Pounce!). It will be interesting to see where the third book in the trilogy goes - I actually think Beka could carry an ongoing series, but then I wouldn't get to see what Pierce does with the rest of the Tortall world or her Circle of Magic universe. Really, Pierce just can't write books fast enough for me.

Dec 13, 2010

AMAZING BOOK. great characters, (again) questionably okay plot, could be better. But seriously, Beka + Dale = O_o
yeah... she slept with a guy she knew for like a week. Really?

Sep 19, 2010

This book was well written. Though I don't like the part where she sleeps with the banker... that got me mad... I really hoped that she would get together with Rosto... The book was great... I can't wait for the third book :D

Aug 26, 2010

Yup! Tamora Pierce is an awesome writer. I can't wait until the next book comes out! But I can't believe that it's going to be the last one for this series. T_T

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Mar 15, 2016

I watched him, wishing I had such grace. He arranged himself naturally, as liquid as water. In a woman’s clothes, he was different than he was as a man, yet even more comfortable in his skin. It was the strangest thing.


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