FICTION

Cat Out of Hell

Melville House. Mar. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781612194424. $24.95. F
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When retired librarian and recent widower Alec Charlesworth receives a bizarre manuscript from a distant acquaintance, he questions its veracity even as he is lured into a tale of murderous, decades-old, talking cats and their devilish master. Alec is quickly overwhelmed by events as his allies are picked off one by one by a nightmarish feline called The Captain. With time running out and the body count rising, Alec must find a way to end the reign of the Cat Master and avenge his wife's death before he and his little dog Watson join the victims of the cats from hell.
VERDICT Best-selling author Truss (Eats, Shoots & Leaves) has penned an unusual mystery for cat lovers and haters alike. Voiced by two different, yet equally enigmatic narrators, as well as a talking cat, the tale passes among the personalities through letters, transcripts, and emails. A fun format for an equally entertaining quick read.

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