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Cat Out of Hell (Paperback)

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Do cats have nine lives and what does that really mean? Cat Out of Hell pursues this idea in a most unique way. Part Sherlock Holmes investigation, part gothic tale, a bit of Interview with a Vampire, Cat Out of Hell is a wickedly funny, creepy, can’t put down tale (tail?).  Our story begins at a seaside cottage in England with a cat and a man facing each other across a kitchen table. The cat says “Shall we begin?” This is the story of Roger, who has become immortal by the paw of Captain, killed repeatedly until he becomes the companion Captain has been craving. The Captain, a big black tomcat, can be a bit jealous of others, man and beast, who enter the pairs’ lives. Mysterious deaths occur. Lots of mysterious deaths.  A thriller for both cat lovers and cat haters. Not for those who hate to read of murders of animals (and people). Definitely for those who will enjoy a wickedly funny, sarcastic, scary story full of quirky characters, both human and beast. Two paws up (‘cause I’d fall over if I tried to hold up four). Mewow!

— From Linda's Latest List


Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Lynne Truss (Eats, Shoots & Leaves) is back with a mesmerizing and hilarious tale of cats and murder
For people who both love and hate cats comes the tale of Alec Charlesworth, a librarian who finds himself suddenly alone: he’s lost his job, his beloved wife has just died. Overcome by grief, he searches for clues about her disappearance in a file of interviews between a man called "Wiggy" and a cat, Roger. Who speaks to him.
            It takes a while for Alec to realize he’s not gone mad from grief, that the cat is actually speaking to Wiggy . . . and that much of what we fear about cats is true. They do think they’re smarter than humans, for one thing. And, well, it seems they are! What’s more, they do have nine lives. Or at least this one does – Roger’s older than Methuselah, and his unblinking stare comes from the fact that he’s seen it all.

And he’s got a tale to tell, a tale of shocking local history and dark forces that may link not only the death of Alec’s wife, but also several other local deaths. But will the cat help Alec, or is he one of the dark forces?

In the deft and comedic hands of mega-bestseller Lynne Truss, the story is as entertaining as it is addictive” (The Sunday Telegraph) – an increasingly suspenseful and often hysterically funny adventure that will please cat lovers and haters alike. And afterwards, as one critic noted, “You may never look at a cat in quite the same way again” (The Daily Mail).

About the Author

LYNNE TRUSS is the author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, which spent 45 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list—3 at #1—and was the USA Today Book of the Year 2004, and Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or, Six Good Reasons to Stay at Home and Bolt the Door, which was also a New York Times bestseller. Her children’s book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference spent 7 weeks on the New York Times children’s bestseller list—4 at #1—and was a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book, as well as a Best Book of the Year.

Praise For…

“The creepy scenes are all sandpaper-tongue-in-cheek, but there’s something genuinely spooky about realizing that the purring is coming from inside the house!... If jokes about acerbic pets, library carrels and funerary archaeology are catnip to you, then by all means curl up next to the fire with this diverting comedy."
Washington Post

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“It’s no surprise that when Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation author Truss writes a novel about a talking tabby named Roger, his syntax is simply flawless."
New York Post, Must-Read Books 

“A potent and darkly humorous tale… Cat lovers (or cat haters) and fans of gothic fiction will devour this creepy, paranoia-inducing morsel."
Publishers Weekly

“An unusual mystery for cat lovers and haters alike... A fun format for an equally entertaining quick read."
Library Journal

“Punctuation czar Truss...turns her very special talents to a cat mystery with a twist."
Kirkus Reviews

“A nimble mix of horror, Gothic mystery and dark comedy that will delight fans of authors like Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke... Cat Out of Hell is a brisk, clever, darkly hilarious book that begs to be read in one gut-busting sitting."

“Rich characterizations and the inventive structure of Truss's clever, comic novel all serve to enhance this endearing, insightful and often wicked mystery that ratchets up suspense and intrigue while exploring aspects of mortality."
Shelf Awareness

“One cat at the hole can keep in one thousand mice - this cat can keep in New York City!  Hell's-a-poppin'.”
Rita Mae Brown, bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie mystery series
“A masterpiece of comic writing... A novel as entertaining as it is addictive.”
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
“One of those rare books that actually makes the reader laugh out loud... Impossible not to read in one sitting.”
Sunday Times (UK)
“An incredible tale…You may never look at a cat in quite the same way again.”
Daily Mail (UK)
“A wonderful tale full of parodies, pastiches and paradoxes. Pure joy.”
The Telegraph (UK)
“It is good fun and the perfect lesson in how to use the power of punctuation to your advantage.”
Evening Standard (UK)
“Truss brings an eerie, 19th-century kind of horror into the present-day world.”
The Guardian (UK)
“Tremendous fun.”
SciFi Now

Product Details
ISBN: 9781612195193
ISBN-10: 1612195199
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Pages: 176
Language: English