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Starred Review. Det. Max Crusher McNash, a fearless bull terrier in the slaughter unit of the San Bernardo police dog force, must overcome his distrust of special agent Cassius Lap, a very Zen Siamese of the FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation), in their pursuit of a serial killer cat targeting dogs in this off-the-leash hard-boiled satire from the pseudonymous Kane. The fur begins flying when two rottweilers are torn apart. Later victims include a retriever attending a museum shindig, movie star Jack Russell Crowe and a newshound. Crusher and Cassius deal with gangsta hounds as well as visit Kathattan, an island where dogs are unwelcome, and Cattica Correctional Facility, where convicted murderer Quentin Riossiti, a debonair psycho cat, offers his help for a price. Billed as a well-known Australian author, Kane offers plenty of tongue-in-muzzle insights into bestial behavior, political chicanery and assorted foxy topics. (July)
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*Starred Review* In a world inhabited entirely by animals, Max “Crusher” McNab is a bull terrier working in the San Bernardo Slaughter Unit (homicide). He’s a good cop, dedicated and hardworking, but when three local goons for hire (Rottweilers) are torn apart and the evidence points to a cat as the killer, McNab is assigned a partner. Part Siamese Cassius Lap works for the FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation), and he is McNab’s opposite in every way: shiny clean, always dressed in a stylish suit, and a dedicated soy milk drinker. Not only is the unlikely duo of McNab and Lap one of the best new pairs in detective fiction, but The Unscratchables is a perfect mix of wit, classic hard-boiled style, and perceptive commentary on modern society, all coming together to create one of the best mysteries of 2009. What makes this novel stand out is the fully fleshed and utterly believable world created by Kane. Every detail of his fantastical setting is clearly thought out, from locales to the noirish slang of the cops; yet the reader is never subjected to an info dump: all the details are neatly parceled out along with the compelling and fast-paced plot. An excellent suggestion for fans of both clever animal sleuths—Spencer Quinn’s Dog on It (2009) or Tim Davys’ Amberville (2009)—and those who can’t get enough of the retro hard-boiled style that Joe Gores nailed in Spade & Archer (2009). --Jessica MoyerSee all Editorial Reviews
I found this book on the shelves in the physical rehab facility where I stayed for a month and it was peculiar, but intriguing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mathcat345
What a great book! I love mysteries and dogs and cats -but I wasn't expecting this... the imagination, interwoven intrigue and mytery, sense of dog and cat, and tongue in cheek of... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Linda Pollack Mercer
I love my dogs. I like dog things. I wanted to like this book. I read about 50 pages, and it was just unreadable. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by J. Brown
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I didn't have high expectations for this book. A whole book based on a new twist on an old format? Read more
At our bookstore, we have a lot of people who love: animals, especially dogs and cats; hard-boiled detectives; old pulp fiction; cozy mysteries with animals helping to solve the... Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by A. D. Cox
Cats and dogs don't live together in "The Unscratchables," a parody police procedural that deftly and punnily mixes the tropes of the genre with a world in which dogs are... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Author Bill Peschel
This book sounded funny, but reading it was no fun. No real premise, just lots of cat/dog jokes/puns, and the climax/conclusion was a real groaner. Don't waste your time!Published on June 7, 2010 by J. Mulkey
I am halfway through this book and I don't know that I can finish. It started out very cute, but when he started with the plays on the names of Ben Affleck, Kelly Clarkson and... Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by BookLover
This unique novel may appeal to lovers of hard-boiled detective novels and satire. Set in the Kennels outside of Kathattan, Detective Max "Crusher" McNash is assigned to track down... Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Indian Prairie Public Library