Cat and Mouse

William Campbell Gault, Author St. Martin's Press $12.95 (168p) ISBN 978-0-312-01398-1
Since 1952, Gault (Don't Cry for Me et al.) has won an Edgar, a Shamus and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, but he may not pick up many new fans with his latest Brock Callahan mystery. Callahan, ex-Los Angeles Ram and ex-private eye, is living in comfortable retirement in California. Someone tosses a dead cat, its throat cut, onto his front lawn. A couple of local burglaries in his affluent seaside town suggest, to Callahan, restive teenagers. When his young private-eye protege Corey Raleigh investigates a lead on the mutilated cat, he's almost framed for murder. Callahan researches his files for clues and through his own sleuthing comes up with a suspect: a tinhorn gambler out to avenge a brother sent to jail by Callahan. Turbo, the gambler, leads Callahan on a paper chase, killing two people along the way to a lethal confrontation. The usual characters are here""liberated'' wife Jan, independent housekeeper/cook Mrs. Casey et al.and Callahan's still a very good guy, but the story is slight, and Callahan's final meeting with the killer is foolhardy. (March)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Ebook - 168 pages - 978-1-4532-7338-8
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