BROOKLINE -- 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 find Tessa.
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 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 spread, his family has heard from people across the country on a "Finding Tessa" Facebook page.
The author said he’s been spending about four hours a day searching for the tri-colored female beagle after he finishes writing, and his wife has dedicated about 10 hours a day to the effort.