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Detective London is tracks Kelli Rocha (wanted for assault) as a large German Shepherd, her partner Detective Dale catching up shortly after Kelli is cornered in an alley, and though Kelli pulls a knife, she eventually surrenders and is taken away with two other officers in a squad car.
I skipped over Kelli getting put into the back of the squad car, and some chat between the officers.
As soon as they were alone, Dale turned to really look at her partner for the first time since she’d entered the alley. Not a quick glance, but a searching stare. London’s German Shepherd Shift, which Dale had seen before, was a dark version of black-and-tan, with the black saddle bleeding across the neck and part of the way down the legs.
At first, Dale had been worried that she could confuse her partner with the other Narcotics dogs, but that wasn’t likely based on size alone.
For a real dog, that stare would have been a challenge, but London simply gazed back, waiting as Dale studied her.
“You might as well change behind the dumpster; it’s the most private we’re going to get around here.” Dale waved her hand at the metal box, her nose wrinkled in distaste. Even she could smell the foul odors wafting from the plastic trash bags.
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Four Feet and a Badge is my NaNoWriMo story.
In 1952, an event moved two and a half million people from one version of the Earth to another, a quarter of them Shifters (able to change their shape). It’s now 2015, and those people have married and had children. The Static (non-Shifters) fit in fine, but the Shifters often have to prove their worth.
Detective Amy London works in Seattle’s Narcotics Section, Shifting to four feet to sniff out drugs and chase down suspects. But she can be a little impulsive–like when she bit her previous partner, earning her a new one, strict, by-the-book Detective Janice Dale.
Dale tries to rein in her partner’s wilder behavior, not always with much success. And a new group of cocaine suppliers is muscling in on the city, and they’re leaving bodies behind. London and Dale will have to work through their differences to bring these dealers down, before the body count rises.