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
“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."
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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."
“An unusual mystery for cat lovers and haters alike... A fun format for an equally entertaining quick read."
“Punctuation czar Truss...turns her very special talents to a cat mystery with a twist."
“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."
“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)