Animal rights meet designer drugs in frigid Cambridge, Mass.
Freelance writer Theda Krakow (Cattery Row, 2006, etc.) covers the club scene for the local newspaper. Her latest assignment is a new band who have just rented a hall for their first big gig. Theda and her cat Musetta share an apartment when she’s not with her boyfriend Bill, a homicide cop currently on crutches. After an acquaintance of hers is killed in a hit-and-run, Theda starts asking questions. Gail Womynfriend, a member of a radical animal-rights group, had been violating the group’s precepts by trying to rescue feral cats from a sparsely populated factory building whose prime location had drawn the attention of a local builder. Theda worries that her friend Tess, who had a car accident the night of Gail’s death, may be involved. When Theda and her friend Bunny are slipped a designer drug during dinner at a club, it’s clear that her questions have hit a nerve. There are almost too many suspects: musicians Theda panned; drug makers who didn’t like her questions; animal activists; even the builders struggling to keep a low profile. When Musetta goes missing and Theda gets a call from the catnappers, she must put all the pieces together to save her beloved pet.
A fast-paced look at the Boston music scene and a delight for cat fanciers.