In the Wolf's Lair (Hardcover)

A Beastly Crimes Book

By Anna Starobinets, Jane Bugaeva (Translator), Marie Muravski (Illustrator)

Dover Publications, 9780486827629, 112pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

Life in the Far Woods tends to be tranquil because the animal denizens are strictly forbidden to kill (or eat ) one another. An elderly detective, Chief Badger, oversees the community and solves its petty crimes, from stolen pine cones to plucked tail feathers. His restless assistant, Badgercat, longs for some excitement -- a desperate crime, a beastly crime The brash youngster's hopes are realized when some croaking frogs reveal the shocking news of Rabbit's murder. Wolf appears to be the most likely culprit, because -- duh -- he's a lone wolf without an alibi, but Badger refuses to jump to conclusions. With the help of Vulture the crime scene investigator, Mouse the psychologist, brave witness Beetlebug Buck, and other curious creatures, the woodland detectives set out to discover the truth.
Newly translated from the original Russian, this fancifully illustrated volume is the first of a Beastly Crimes Books to come from this imaginative mystery series geared toward middle-grade readers. Look for the sequel, A Predator's Rights, also available from Dover Publications.


About the Author

Anna Starobinets is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. Best known as a writer of dystopian and metaphysical stories, she is also a successful children's author. Her previous titles include Catlantis, translated from Russian into English by Jane Bugaeva, and praised by Kirkus Reviews as "a trippy, silly tale of cat magic, folklore, and love....Bugaeva's punny translation will make this a fine read-aloud. A must for those seeking culturally diverse literary experiences."