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Publisher Comments:

Black Maps ("A stunner, a great debut roaring out of the gate" — Newsday)... Death's Little Helpers ("Breaks new ground in detective fiction" — the Washington Post)... And now Red Cat, the third riveting installment in Peter Spiegelman's thrilling series of novels featuring the brooding New York City private investigator John March.

With a troubled past and a job that attracts too much attention from the law, March has always been the black sheep of his staid merchant-banking family. Which makes the identity of his latest client all the more surprising: his smug older brother David.

David is desperate and deeply scared, and with good reason: a woman he met on the Internet, and then for several torrid sexual encounters, is stalking him. David knows her only as Wren, but she seems to know everything about him — and she's threatening to tell all to his wife and his colleagues. His marriage, his career, and his reputation at stake, David wants John to find this woman and warn her off. Reeling from these revelations, John begins the search for Wren, and what he discovers both alarms and fascinates him. Part actress, part playwright, part performance-artist and noir pornographer, Wren is a powerfully compelling mystery — though no more so, John discovers, than his own brother.

But when a body surfaces in the East River, March suddenly finds he's no longer searching for a stalker. Now he's hunting a killer — and following a trail that leads ever closer to David's door...

Review:

"We expect to find in good thrillers such elements as realism, intelligence, suspense and tough-mindedness, but we less often encounter much sex or sophistication. Yes, glamorous women grace the lives of most cops and private eyes — the brave deserve the fair — but it's mostly idealized romance, and the sex is usually offstage and not the down and dirty variety that enlivens real life. As for sophistication,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[W]hat distinguishes the novel is the level of the writing....Spiegelman is no Fitzgerald, but he's a writer with an unusual mix of talents, and Red Cat is one of the most interesting crime novels you're likely to encounter this year." The Washington Post

Review:

"[A]n impressive series....John March is a worthy heir to the hardboiled detective....Gritty atmosphere and clever plotting enhance a fine addition to the noir tradition." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] satisfying meal for any fan of Manhattan PI novels....[T]he tension couldn't be much thicker..." Booklist

Review:

"As John matures, so does Spiegelman. The writing is cleaner, the characters are varied and well drawn, and most of all, the plot is believably complex and full of shocking twists. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Red Cat...is entertaining and fast-paced with the requisite red herrings littering the way to the expected denouement." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"If Peter Spiegelman's story of sibling entanglements and an internet hook-up gone bad didn't yank me right in — which it did — and if his characters weren't vivid and his dialogue pitch-perfect — which they are — I'd still read him for his chisel-sharp prose. In Red Cat Spiegelman reaches a new peak. Don't miss it." S.J. Rozan, author of In This Rain

Review:

"Peter Spiegelman is one of the finest PI writers around, and Red Cat is his edgiest and most accomplished work yet. The plot unfolds at breakneck speed, the twists are startling, the climax wrenching, and the writing is flat-out beautiful....It's a story that stays with you, and if you haven't discovered Spiegelman and PI John March yet, you're missing something great." Joseph Finder, author of Killer Instinct

Synopsis:

The third riveting installment in Spiegelman's thrilling series of novels features brooding New York City private investigator John March, who must defend his older brother from a woman — now a stalker — he met on the Internet.

Synopsis:

Private detective John March comes to the aid of his troubled older brother, David, who is being stalked by a woman known only as Wren, whom he met on the Internet, with whom he enjoyed a few brief but torrid encounters, and who is threatening to reveal everything to his wife and boss, but his search for the enigmatic woman brings him face to face with murder. 35,000 first printing.

About the Author

Peter Spiegelman is the author of Black Maps, which won the 2004 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, and Death's Little Helpers; both novels feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Spiegelman spent nearly twenty years in the financial services and software industries, and worked with leading banks and brokerages around the world. He lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307263162
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Author:
Spiegelman, Peter
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
John March Mysteries
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
February 6, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.56x6.38x1.11 in. 1.31 lbs.

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Red Cat: A John March Novel (John March Mysteries)
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Product details 304 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780307263162 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[W]hat distinguishes the novel is the level of the writing....Spiegelman is no Fitzgerald, but he's a writer with an unusual mix of talents, and Red Cat is one of the most interesting crime novels you're likely to encounter this year."
"Review" by , "[A]n impressive series....John March is a worthy heir to the hardboiled detective....Gritty atmosphere and clever plotting enhance a fine addition to the noir tradition."
"Review" by , "[A] satisfying meal for any fan of Manhattan PI novels....[T]he tension couldn't be much thicker..."
"Review" by , "As John matures, so does Spiegelman. The writing is cleaner, the characters are varied and well drawn, and most of all, the plot is believably complex and full of shocking twists. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Red Cat...is entertaining and fast-paced with the requisite red herrings littering the way to the expected denouement."
"Review" by , "If Peter Spiegelman's story of sibling entanglements and an internet hook-up gone bad didn't yank me right in — which it did — and if his characters weren't vivid and his dialogue pitch-perfect — which they are — I'd still read him for his chisel-sharp prose. In Red Cat Spiegelman reaches a new peak. Don't miss it."
"Review" by , "Peter Spiegelman is one of the finest PI writers around, and Red Cat is his edgiest and most accomplished work yet. The plot unfolds at breakneck speed, the twists are startling, the climax wrenching, and the writing is flat-out beautiful....It's a story that stays with you, and if you haven't discovered Spiegelman and PI John March yet, you're missing something great."
"Synopsis" by , The third riveting installment in Spiegelman's thrilling series of novels features brooding New York City private investigator John March, who must defend his older brother from a woman — now a stalker — he met on the Internet.
"Synopsis" by , Private detective John March comes to the aid of his troubled older brother, David, who is being stalked by a woman known only as Wren, whom he met on the Internet, with whom he enjoyed a few brief but torrid encounters, and who is threatening to reveal everything to his wife and boss, but his search for the enigmatic woman brings him face to face with murder. 35,000 first printing.
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