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Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit: A Midnight Louie Mystery (Midnight Louie Mysteries)
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JANET EVANOVICH calls Midnight Louie “the funniest, hairiest, hard-boiled PI on the planet” and readers are biting their nails as Carole Nelson Douglas’s popular alphabetic Midnight Louie feline PI mystery series nears its end with the 27th and penultimate entry, Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit
In Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit, Louie’s roommate, petite powerhouse PR freelancer Temple Barr, discovers a strip club opening in a nearby empty building threatens her elderly landlady’s wedding chapel business. Electra’s Lark’s troubles go supernova with a murder charge for a death that echoes a bizarre slaying decades earlier. Temple and Louie must solve why a forgotten fifties night club has become a now a nexus of death and greed. Meanwhile Temple’s fiancé, Matt Devine, ex-priest radio shrink, plays detective with a rough crowd getting rougher, her ex, magician-counterterrorist Max Kinsella, dodges IRA remnants in Ireland, where psychotic liar Kathleen O’Connor leads him to his cousin, presumed dead from a pub bombing years earlier. All the investigators’ pasts draw them into shocking revelations and present peril.
Readers have fretted on online sites for years about the “Z” book ending Louie’s adventures. Not so. A final entry will follow the “Z” book: Cat in an Alphabet Endgame, coming in 2016. Even then, Vegas’ hairiest sleuth (whose feline-noir voice has been compared to Hammett, Hammer, and Nathan Detroit) will not be hanging up his fedora.
“So in this typically fun-filled, witty and comic Midnight Louie outing, Douglas tackles a multitude of serious and topical issues.”-M0STLY MURDER on Cat in a Flamingo Fedora
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carole Nelson Douglas is the award-winning author of 63 novels in the mystery/thriller, romance/women’s fiction, and science fiction/fantasy genres, including the 28-book bestselling Feline Noir Midnight Louie Las Vegas mystery series (Cat in an Alphabet Soup) and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasy series (Dancing with Werewolves, etc.).
A former award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor in Minnesota, Douglas propels her witty, adventurous fiction with social issues and satire. Midnight Louie prowls the “slightly surreal” Vegas of today, narrating interlarded chapters in his alley-cat noir voice. Delilah walks the mean streets of a paranormally post-apocalyptic Sin City, fighting supernatural mobsters with Louie’s wile, wit and grit.
Douglas was the first author to make a Sherlockian female character, Irene Adler, a series protagonist, with the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, and the first woman to write a Holmes spin-off series. Her award nominations run from the Agatha to the Nebula, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from RT Book Reviews for Mystery, Suspense, Versatility, and as a Pioneer of Publishing for her groundbreaking multi-genre work. She has won a clowder of Catwriters’ Association first place Muse awards, and is a four-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Rita award in four different categories.
She moved south to write fiction full-time and was recently inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. She does a mean Marilyn Monroe impersonation, collects vintage clothing and homeless cats, and enjoys Zumba, but has never danced with werewolves. (That she knows of.)
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