Author : Pierce, Tamora

ISBN : 037581468X

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When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.

This is Book 1 of The Legend of Beka Cooper and is a "prequel" story about an ancestor of many of this author's other books' characters.