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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards - Lilian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
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Jim Qwilleran is a prizewinning reporter who's been on the skids but is now coming back with a job as feature writer (mostly on the art scene) for the Daily Fluxion. George Bonifield Mountclemens, the paper's credentialed art critic, writes almost invariably scathing, hurtful reviews of local... show more
Jim Qwilleran is a prizewinning reporter who's been on the skids but is now coming back with a job as feature writer (mostly on the art scene) for the Daily Fluxion. George Bonifield Mountclemens, the paper's credentialed art critic, writes almost invariably scathing, hurtful reviews of local shows; delivers his pieces by messenger; lives with his all-knowing cat Koko in a lushly furnished house in a moldering neighborhood, and has a raft of enemies all over town.

He offers the newcomer a tiny apartment in his building at a nominal rent, and Qwilleran grabs it, surmising the deal will involve lots of cat-sitting. Meanwhile, a gallery whose artists get happier treatment from Mountclemens is owned by Earl Lambreth. The acerbic critic has praised paintings there by a reclusive Italian named Scrano; the junk assemblages of Nino, who calls himself a ``Thingist,'' as well as works by Lambreth's attractive wife Zoe.

It's Zoe who, one night past closing, finds her husband stabbed to death in the vandalized gallery. Days later, Qwilleran, guided by an insistent Koko, finds Mountclemens's knifed corpse on the patio behind his house. It takes a while to put the meandering pieces together and to uncover an overriding motive behind the mayhem, but the best things here are Qwilleran's low-keyed charisma and the author's well-aimed, often funny barbs at the pretensions of the contemporary art world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399142864 (039914286X)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
Series: Cat Who... (#1)
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Meandering Em's
Meandering Em's rated it
2.5 Started Out Great, But Had a Terrible Ending
I had originally read this book in 2002. A few weeks ago, I was volunteering at a book sale. There was a temporary pause in the activity and I picked up a copy of this book since I knew the author had created a light, easy to read series. I quickly got re-introduced to Jim Qwilleran and enjoyed a ...
Garfield
Garfield rated it
3.0 The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
Book one, Qwilleran meets his first cat Koko. If you're a, "Cat Who" fan, you'll enjoy the first of it's series. Qwilleran's second cat, Yum-Yum, shows up in a later book.
Garfield
Garfield rated it
3.0 The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
George Guidall's voice is perfect for this series! Book one, Qwilleran meets his first cat Koko. If you're a, "Cat Who" fan, you'll enjoy the first of it's series. Qwilleran's second cat, Yum-Yum, shows up in a later book.
Garfield
Garfield rated it
3.0 The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
Book one, Qwilleran meets his first cat Koko. If you're a, "Cat Who" fan, you'll enjoy the first of it's series. Qwilleran's second cat, Yum-Yum, shows up in a later book.
Crime-on-thrill
Crime-on-thrill rated it
Lilian jackson Braun, the American crime novelist whose mysteries featured the protagonist Jim Qwilleran(W coming after Q, and not U) along with the Siamese duo of Koko and Yum Yum published her first book in the year 1966, which was THE CAT WHO COULD READ BACKWARDS. She followed it with two more bo...
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