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Product Details

  • Series: Kat Colorado Mysteries
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; Reprint edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553573152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553573152
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kat Colorado, Kijewski's chatty, no-nonsense Sacramento PI, is, like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, flatly unromantic about her profession even as she's tickled pink by it. In this, her sixth case (after Kat Walk), she's often on the road between Sacramento, where she's investigating a suspicious hit-and-run, and Las Vegas, where she's investigating why Hank, her policeman beau, isn't returning her calls. Courtney Dillard, the young woman killed in the apparent hit-and-run, had left her Mormon family and her church because she felt stifled by their views on the role of women. Her mother believes she was murdered, and Kat, inclined to agree, suspects Courtney's former boyfriend. Meanwhile, back in Vegas, Hank (who still hasn't allayed Kat's suspicions of infidelity) becomes obsessed with the case of a serial killer called the Strip Stalker. Kijewski, winner of the Shamus and Anthony awards, sure-handedly builds up suspense, deftly moving Kat between California and Nevada, contrasting the excesses of religion and the excesses of Sin City.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA?Kat Colorado, feisty investigator and girlfriend of Las Vegas cop Hank Parker, becomes embroiled in a family controversy and murder investigation when she discovers a young girl's mangled body, an apparent hit-and-run victim. The girl's mother begs Kat to look into her daughter's death but her religious husband refuses to cooperate. To add to Kat's problem, Hank is involved with a murder investigation of his own. He is pursuing a brutal serial killer and becomes romantically attached to an exotic dancer. Kat's heart is touched by both murders but her sense of humor and fair play remain intact. Kijewski improves her heroine with each novel; Alley Kat Blues is her best effort yet.?Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
Karen Kijewski never fails to entertain me with gutsy, bold characters confronting too-true situations. Patricia Cornwell she is not, but an interesting read nonetheless. Kat Colorado's spunk keeps me coming back for more, eagerly searching for Kat's latest 'project', anxiously awaiting the day when all ends well, and of course, it never does. 'Alley Cat Blues' is set in the familiar stomping grounds of Kat and her sometimes boyfriend, Hank. While Hank, a gritty but soft-hearted cop,is preoccupied with a Las Vegas skirt and a series of murders, Kat desperately tries solve her own hit-and-run case,assist Hank, and salvage their relationship. One or two gaps in the story line, but no major complaints. A definite 'recommend' for mystery lovers, a 'must' for Kijewski fans
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tanya T. Smith on June 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Karen Kijewski is a marvelous author! I've read half of her books and will continue to finish up her Kat Colorado series. Although her portrayal of the Mormon family in this book is extreme and does not reflect all Mormons, obviously, I was intrigued by the accurate portrayal of the victim's struggle between a strict religious upbringing and a more liberal adult acknowledgment of gray areas in many decisions. In this aspect, Kijewski's work is very accurate, and very intriguing. There still are polygamists (though the Mormon church does not associate themselves with them). And, Mormons have a hard time talking about sexual abuse/rape, for sure. If nothing else, read the book for a good mystery, because it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I've read almost all of Kijewski's books and this is my favorite so far. There's a lot going on here -Kat is having personal as well as professional problems. Her boyfriend, Hank, is distant and preoccupied and Kat has been jittery about the relationship all along. I didn't put this book down until I finished it. I hope all readers found this book as absorbing as I did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
I love all of Ms Kijewski's books but I did find her a little hard on the Mormons in this particular book. Having spent the first 20 of my 50+ yrs as a Mormon, most of the things she talks about I have never been exposed too, especially about the men being Gods and having their own Heaven, where did that come from?? First of all, after leaving the Church, my family and friends were sad of course as they would be in any religion, but have always stood by and supported me in whatever I chose to do in life, and still do. As a Mormon female, we were always encouraged to obtain higher education, and strive to be the best at what we do. Don't know what type of Mormons she knew but goodness, you make them out to be worse than some other religions I won't name out of respect. Yes, we were discouraged from smoking and drinking caffinated drinks, but it was our choice to make weather we did or not, because, as we all know now, it's bad for you. OTHER WISE THE PREMISE OF THE BOOK WAS A GOOD ONE AS HER'S ALWAYS ARE. Looking forward to reading the next ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Stokes on December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this author. Victim of the massive TBR pile.

Alley Kat Blues deals with two parallel cases--Kat's and her long-distance boyfriend's (he's a cop in Vegas)--an apparent hit & run that the victim's mother insists can't be, and a serial killer who hits too close to home for Hank.

There are also some real relationship difficulties in this one, honestly dealt with.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was a hard-to-put-down book, exploring both the professional and personal sides of Kat's life. She must solve a heinous murder and resolve a roadblock in her relationship with her cop lover, Hank. Great characters in a compelling story. From other reviews that seemed to concentrate on the Mormon aspects of the plot, it appears that the word went out to Mormons to disparage the book, unfairly so, I believe. "Alley Kat Blues" is a fine addition to a series that gets better with every book. If you like gutsy female PIs and a gripping read, this book's for you.
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Karen Kijewski is an acceptable writer with a clever streak that makes her books seem better than they really are. At the same time, she is overly dramatic, employs too much silly banter and bravado in her dialogue and in her protagonist's thoughts, and often has an agenda. In this book her agenda is exposing how evilly women can be treated by men, particularly men in positions of authority, but also by a loving boyfriend in less obvious ways. She also wants to show how religion puts women down, and while the religious group in this story is truly abusive it feels like Kijewksi might have a hatred for religion in general. She also comes across as despising anyone who doesn't share her views about how to live life, and she makes her main character into a sort of superwoman that may be the author's prototype of how women should be.

Plots really take a back seat in this series, and that is the case in Alley Kat Blues also. The death by car accident of a young woman who walked away from the Mormon Church is the impetus for Kat's investigation. This isn't a bad beginning, but Kijewski simply uses this plot to take aim at religion and religious people, who are all mean, narrow-minded, and moralistic (in Kat's and Kijewki's opinion). Kat is definitely more comfortable with people who don't have a strict moral code, and she definitely believes her own lifestyle and standards are the epitome of morality. I will just add that because we see the story from Kat's head, we also get to see all her negative views of the people she meets along the way, most of whom don't meet her standards for cleverness, attractiveness, etc. We certainly get to see judgmental Kat--which makes me wonder about the author's view of people also.
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