The XK9 “Bones” Trilogy

The XK9 “Bones” Trilogy

The XK9 “Bones” Trilogy answers the question:

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 uplifted sapient beings? 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?

The First Two Books in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy are Available Now!

The covers of “What’s Bred in the Bone” and “A Bone to Pick,” by Jan S. Gephardt.
Cover art © 2019 and 2020 by Jody A. Lee.

What’s Bred in the Bone

Why teach a dog to speak if no one will listen to him?

XK9 Rex was bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be the most capable police dog money could buy. He even has a collar-mounted vocalizer. But then a catastrophic explosion on a space dock sidelines his human partner . . . Read More

A Bone to Pick

Too valuable to kill? Oh, but that was then.

XK9 Rex was bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be the most perfect law enforcement canine ever created. Transmondian spymaster Col. Wisniewski thought he could turn him into the most perfect weapon, but Rex had other plans . . . Read More

Bone of Contention: coming in 2024!

Dogs are people too! . . . Right?

XK9 Rex and his Packmates are bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced dogs, created to be the most perfect law enforcement tools ever made. They’re so smart, Rana Station has officially recognized them as uplifted sapient beings. But the rest of the universe isn’t so sure . . . Read More