The Norman Transcript

January 6, 2013

Author offers spot in book for lost dog


The Associated Press

BROOKLINE, Mass. — There’s a new mystery on Dennis Lehane’s mind, and the best-selling author is offering a special reward: Find his lost dog and get a spot in his next book.

The plot kicked off Christmas Eve, when the crime novelist’s rescue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch didn’t lock all the way.

Since then, Lehane’s family has launched an all-out search. They’ve posted fliers, organized foot searches and used social media to try to bring Tessa back to their home in Brookline, Mass., near Boston.

The 47-year-old author of books including “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone” is offering a monetary reward and has said he’ll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa.

Lehane said Thursday outside his home that he’s surprised by the media attention the story has attracted, and thinks it has something to do with the character offer.

But he said as word of the missing dog spread, his family has heard from people across the country on a “Finding Tessa” Facebook page. They even got an offer of help from a dog psychic in San Francisco.

“No dog since Lassie ever got this attention ... the flip side of the comedy is, who wouldn’t do this for their dog?” he said.

— AP

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