What could go wrong?

It’s career day at the Cleveland, Ohio, all-girls’ school St. Catherine’s, and Jazz Ramsey—the school’s admin assistant and avocational cadaver-dog trainer—has been volunteered by her boss to demonstrate how cadaver dogs work. Jazz borrows Gus, a friend’s trained dog, then hides the bait (a human tooth and a metacarpal bone) on the school’s unused fourth floor.

After the girls make their way up the stairs to the space, she gives Gus the command to find. Puzzled when Gus alerts to an area she knows she didn’t bait, Jazz investigates, nervous about what she might find.

“Not a squirrel. Not a raccoon. Not a dead rat. Gus knew better than to signal on an animal. Gus had been trained to detect only one scent. Human death.”

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Tucked into a space behind the door Gus is sitting…

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