Monday, January 13, 2014

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Terrier dogs are small, wiry, and fearless. Bred to dig for and control rodents; once they have a scent, nothing can stop a terrier from catching its prey. This is Beka Cooper.

Beka is a new recruit in the Provost’s Guard—the local law enforcement—assigned to the Lower City. As a rookie, she has been paired with two of the best senior guards on the force, Clara Goodwin and Matthias Tunstall.

Beka proved her talents for catching criminals at the age of eight, when she tailed and reported a dangerous man who beat her mother and robbed her family. Unfortunately, Beka is shy. Incredibly and painfully shy. And that’s a problem when you’re enforcing the law on one of the toughest beats in Corus. Beka works hard to overcome her shyness, and when the chips are down she shows herself to be the terrier she really is.

But Beka’s beat is about to become even tougher. Children are being murdered; men are going missing; and it’s left to Beka to sort things out. Fortunately, she has friends on her side in both the criminal and law-enforcing worlds, and they’re willing to help however they can.

Tamora Pierce weaves yet another masterful story with a strong female protagonist with Terrier, the first book in the Beka Cooper trilogy. If you enjoy Tamora Pierce’s Terrier, try First Test from her series Protector of the Small. These series and more are available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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