Meet the XK9s in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy and the prequel novella!

The covers for "The Other Side of Fear," "What's Bred in the Bone," and "A Bone to Pick," all by Jan S. Gephardt.
Cover credits: artwork for The Other Side of Fear is ©2020 by Lucy A. Synk. Cover paintings for What’s Bred in the Bone and A Bone to Pick are ©2019 and ©2020 respectively, by Jody A. Lee.

The Other Side of Fear

Available now! A prequel novella, set before the events in The XK9 “Bones” Trilogy.

The cover of The Other Side of Fear by Jan S. Gephardt as an ebook and as a trade paperback.
Cover artwork ©2020 by Lucy A. Synk.

Officer Pam Gómez has big dreams, a doubtful boyfriend, and a tiny flat. But she’s headed for XK9 training on Planet Chayko. Can big dreams and a giant dog take her to The Other Side of Fear?

The XK9 “Bones” Trilogy

Can a pack of uplifted police dogs find a home among the stars . . . or will their creators hound them to extinction?

The XK9s are super-smart dogs, bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be cutting edge law enforcement tools. But do smart and verbal equal sapient? In the star systems of the Alliance of the Peoples, that’s a legal distinction with potentially deadly consequences for XK9 Rex and his Pack of canine super-sleuths.

When Rex, his Pack, and their human allies on Rana Habitat Space Station tackle a grisly mass-murder case, more than an interstellar pleasure ship blows wide open. Now the people behind the XK9 Project, and their sponsors in the system-dominating Transmondian government, are desperate. They’ll do all they can to erase the evidence of their international conspiracy, before inspectors from the powerful Alliance of the Peoples can investigate.

Will Rex and his Pack run down the perps and defend their sapience claim? Or will their enemies destroy them?

What’s Bred in the Bone – Book 1

Available now! XK9 Rex is a dog who thinks too much . . . and it could get him killed.

Representations of the cover for What's Bred in the Bone by Jan S. Gephardt as both ebook and trade paperback.
Cover artwork ©2019 by Jody A. Lee.

Rex and his Packmates were bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be cutting edge law enforcement tools, both smart and verbal. But there’s smart . . . and then there’s sapient. In the star systems of the Alliance of the Peoples, that’s a legal distinction with potentially deadly consequences for Rex and his Pack.

Sold to a police department on an in-system space station, Rex trails a pair of murder suspects. But his rookie mistake in microgravity, plus a catastrophic spaceship explosion, nearly kill his partner Charlie.

With Charlie in a coma, Rex is sidelined. But his keen senses picked up a vital clue about the exploded ship. The investigation needs to know. Rex must get the humans to listen to him somehow, even if it means breaking protocol.

But the protocol hides an ugly truth: XK9s are more than forensic tools with cold noses and wagging tails. When Rex takes his independent hike to HQ, he blows open an international conspiracy.

A Bone to Pick – Book 2

Available Now! XK9 Rex is a dog who knows too much. Now his past is gunning for him.

"A Bone to Pick" is widely available, in ebook and trade paperback formats.
Cover artwork ©2020 by Jody A. Lee.

Rex and his Packmates are so smart they’re considered uplifted sapient beings on Rana Habitat Space Station. But before he came to Rana Station, the planet-based Transmondian Intelligence Service tried to make Rex their tool.

Instead, he tried to kill the spymaster, Col. Jackson Wisniewski. The man was forced to give him back to the XK9 Project, but he never stopped wanting Rex dead. Now Wisniewski’s agents bide their time. They watch for openings. They test the Ranans’ defenses, and they wait for their chance to strike

Rex may be the Leader of the Pack on Rana, but his past is still gunning for him.

Bone of Contention – Book 3, Set for release in 2024!

XK9 Rex is a dog who dreams too big. Now he may lose everything.

Rex and the Pack have begun to enjoy the freedom and autonomy that Ranans believe are their right. But Rex and the Pack have work to do. They’re hot on the trail of a murderous gang that explodes spaceships in the Black Void of space—along with all the souls onboard.

Inspectors from the far-flung Alliance of the Peoples are on their way to Rana, to test the XK9s’ sapience claim. But their creators, the XK9 Project rejects it. And the system-dominating Transmondian Government that sponsored the Project and helped them sell XK9s all over the system, will do anything they must, to disprove that claim.

Even if it means destroying every single XK9 before the Alliance’s representatives arrive.