"Pure and heartfelt. Well constructed, deftly written and beautiful all the way through. Poetically powerful insight into both animal and human behavior and a satisfying ending. ★★★★★"
—Amazon Reviewer

Broken-hearted Maddie Whitney, aka Mad Girl, is a dog rehabilitator whose significant behavioral issues make her an outcast in the small rural Northern California town of Coyote Run. When Maddie discovers a murdered woman in a field, she impulsively claims that she's an animal psychic to gin up business.

Now the girl who can't make eye contact is the focus of the wrong kind of attention.

Maddie's forced to start a Search and Rescue team with her ex-girlfriend's twin brother, Oliver, a hostile sheriff, or risk losing her beloved former military dog. As she trains Oliver to be a dog handler, their relationship evolves from animosity to respect and more.

Difficult and complicated Maddie makes new friends, faces life-threatening dangers, and tests her ability to function without the protective walls she's built around her.

"The Dog Thief has taken preconceptions of how to portray autism and crafted a genre hopping narrative, as rich and diverse as the spectrum itself! ★★★★★"
—James Sinclair, Autistic & Unapologetic