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Red Cat
by Peter Spiegelman
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Knopf, 2007 (2007)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I've said it before about other books and meant it ... this book is hard to put down. Red Cat, though, is almost impossible to put down. I went to bed with it and four hours later decided I'd better get some sleep. Resumed reading at 7:00 a.m..

What a book! Ex-cop John March, now a PI in New York City, is hired by his brother David to find a woman. A woman who is stalking him. A woman dabbling in porn and exploiting her numerous partners. When this beautiful woman is found dead, brother David is an immediate suspect. Here's where the plot gets tricky, and demands attention.

Author Peter Spiegelman writes finely tuned novels that work in awesome detail. His characters are everyday people, caught up in complicated situations in which they would rather not be involved. They need help to extricate themselves, and Spiegelman provides that help with a skill that keeps the reader turning pages long after they had intended to stop.

Just one more page doesn't work. A whole chapter must be consumed. And that is still not enough. The very thrilling dénouement leaves one satisfied but still wanting more. Red Cat is a great read.

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