When Chet and Bernie happen upon a prison work crew that
includes Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal they sent up the river, getting
a new case is the last thing they expect. But Frenchie, who comes from an old
Louisiana family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding
relative, his brother Ralph, a reclusive inventor who has gone missing with his
houseboat. Though he’s tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in
Alaska, Bernie decides to set course for the bayous of Louisiana, a trip that
will introduce Chet to a world of sights, smells, and tastes that are like
nothing he’s ever encountered.
Out in bayou country, Chet and Bernie meet the no-good
Boutette family and their ancient enemies, the maybe-even-worse Robideaus, and
at first it seems as if Ralph’s disappearance is connected to a dispute over a
load of stolen shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the investigation
heads in a dangerous new direction involving the oil business and an impending
environmental catastrophe. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph, the
more treacherous the job becomes, and soon they’re fighting not only big oil,
but also shadowy black-ops figures, a violent biker gang from back home, and
Iko—a legendary bayou gator with a seemingly insatiable appetite. Meanwhile,
deep under the gulf, the pressure just keeps building.
With top-notch suspense, humor, and genuine insight into the
ways our canine companions think and behave—all set against a rollicking new
Louisiana backdrop. The Sound and the
Furry will make you howl in delight. Download and start listening now!