THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD CATS by Michael Allen Dymmoch


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 St. Martin's 1991 winner of the ``Best First Malice Domestic Novel'': When compulsive CPA Allen Finley is found in his home dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the only two people who don't believe it's suicide--Finley's psychiatrist, Dr. James (Jack) Caleb, and burned-out Chicago cop John Thinnes--are thrown together in wary intimacy. Thinnes invites Caleb on an unforgettable night in the patrol car with his unenthusiastic partner Ray Crowne; Caleb asks Thinnes's help when he's blackmailed by somebody who doesn't realize he's out of the closet and then is set up on a drug charge; Caleb helps Thinnes prove that some photos threatening to split up his marriage have been faked; and still Thinnes keeps wondering whether Caleb isn't his likeliest suspect.... The mystery that links Finley to such clients as the prominent, dysfunctional Margolis family is merely serviceable--though adroitly spun out--but the tensely nuanced relationship between Caleb and Thinnes makes this pseudonymous debut memorable--and Dymmoch (``the pen name of a woman...driver of a municipal bus'') definitely worth watching.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09332-2
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993


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