Synopses & Reviews
Hard-luck gumshoe Eli Paxton is hired to find a missing cat--a very important cat, it turns out, because its collar is studded with diamonds worth a small fortune. What starts as a routine search of animal shelters soon becomes a perilous journey through a murky underworld. The woman who hired Paxton is the wealthy widow of a recently murdered financial adviser with an alias and mobster ties.
Paxton finds the cat, but not the collar. Eventually, he’s forced to unravel an intricate plot involving a Bolivian drug cartel. On top of all this, the temperamental widow is more likely to throw things at Paxton than pay him for his services.
As he turns up one clue after another, leading him ever deeper into a treacherous maze, Paxton hopes, first, to survive, and then to make enough money to afford a new transmission for his broken-down car.
"With no email, GPS, or cell phone, Eli Paxton is, as they say, doin' it old school in Resnick's entertaining third mystery featuring the tenacious Cincinnati, Ohio, PI and ex-cop (after 2013's The Trojan Colt). Jim Simmons, a cop buddy of Eli's, figures the police can handle the murder of wealthy Malcolm Pepperidge (formerly Big Jim Palanto), 'the financial adviser to Chicago's biggest Mafia family.' But Pepperidge's widow, according to Jim, wants a private detective to track the victim's cat, Fluffy, who fled the crime scene wearing a collar studded with diamonds worth millions. When Eli finds Fluffy sans collar the grieving widow all but tosses the feline to the hounds. That's when a little game of cat-and, er, louse gets serious, with the involvement of Bolivian drug lords. Good times ensue for fans of Cincinnati or old-school PI yarns or both. Agent: Eleanor Wood, Spectrum Literary Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Mike Resnick (Cincinnati, OH) is the author of the previous Eli Paxton mysteries Dog in the Manger and The Trojan Colt. The all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction, he has won five Hugos (from a record thirty-six nominations), plus other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Croatia, Poland, and Japan. He is the author of over seventy novels, more than two hundred fifty stories, and two screenplays, and he has edited forty-one anthologies. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.