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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Jan. 16 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060512229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060512224
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.7 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #859,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Elmore Leonard novel I've read, though I SAW Out of Sight and Get Shorty. Obviously, I felt like I knew what to expect before I opened the book: numerous plot twists, character's who've seen better days and tight dialogue. I'm not a fan of "detective" fiction, so I can't really compare it to that. I found the setting to be compelling: motel in South Florida, the Dominican Republic. I thought the main character's experience with the Marines in the Dominican Republic was interesting. Frankly, as a 28 year old, I wasn't even aware that Marines were in the Dominican Republic at that time.
Book is a quick read, no matter how you slice it. Despite the "adult" subject matter, it occurs to me that Leonard novels would make a good read for a certain kind of high school student. Leonards books are always cheap to pick up and widely available.
The rythym of the dialogue in "Cat Chaser" is above average.
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For fans for Elmore Leonard you already know he writes tight crime novels often strewn with humour and great characters. And despite being largely formulaic in approach (..his lead characters all seem to be the same) he succeeds in entertaining the reader. And the same holds true with 'Cat Chaser'.
With 'Cat Chaser' we have an ex-military guy in south Florida involved doing hanky-panky with the wife of a former monster from a Carribean country (Dominican Republic) before the Americans kicked him out. The outcome is inevitable but along the way we meet strange characters (the usual Miami oddballs, and a few imports from the Dominican Republic) who do some very strange things. While here are also a good number of funny bits Leonard is no match for the Florida comic crime novel master Carl Hiaasen.
Bottom line: a fun if not enthralling Elmore Leonard venture. Fans will rejoice.
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By nobizinfla on April 25 2003
Format: Paperback
With the exception of a princess phone and a couple of black and white TVs,Elmore Leonard's 1982 "Cat Chaser" is as contemporary as today's paper.
It is well crafted, full of the usual Leonard streetwise, quirky characters.
One con artist after another trying to out con the other.
Escapist reading at its best.
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By A Customer on March 24 1999
Format: Paperback
When you get caught up reading a writer's work there's always one selection that always stands out. CAT CHASER is mine. The characters, the dialogue, the location (you can see where he got Cuba Libre from) all fit together like a favorite quilt you just can't get rid of. It's the hero who decides it's time to do it one more time. Maybe not for the woman, but just out of curosity. A plot worth reading and a hero as cool as LaBrava or Chili Palmer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Leonard at his peak Dec 2 2006
By S. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think Leonard is still cranking out good stuff, but if you want to catch Leonard before the serious buzz started to attach to him, Cat Chaser is a great place to start. George Moran, ex-Marine, ex-Detroit native, and owner of the Coconut Palms Resort Apartments, is like so many heroes in Leonard's world, a guy looking at middle-age who, nevertheless, holds to a personal code, even as he stands at crossroad that has him looking back and looking forward, while sharks snap all around. With his moral compass intact, he always seems to know what to do in any situation, even if he makes it up as he goes along. Enter another ex-grunt and ex-actor Nolan Tyner (who is a dead ringer for Owen Wilson - 15 years before Wilson even appeared in a movie!), who is now an alcoholic private investigator staked out at pool side, and things start to happen.

Oh, there's a lady that needs saving, Mary de Boya. Like Moran, she's an ex-Detroit native and, complicating things, wife to a former torturer from a south American country and now Florida real estate magnate, Andres de Boya. There's another bad guy named Jiggs Scully, who is lethally memorable - even by Leonard's villain-meter. And, of course, a lot of money under the torturer's bed , and page after page of great dialogue. (As a subplot, it's very interesting to see who is the most dangerous bad guy - de Boya or Scully, their conversations together were for me the high points of the novel. Two killers playing chess.) To tell you more would be to cheat you a bit.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Leonard's most overlooked. March 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When you get caught up reading a writer's work there's always one selection that always stands out. CAT CHASER is mine. The characters, the dialogue, the location (you can see where he got Cuba Libre from) all fit together like a favorite quilt you just can't get rid of. It's the hero who decides it's time to do it one more time. Maybe not for the woman, but just out of curosity. A plot worth reading and a hero as cool as LaBrava or Chili Palmer.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
True love, violence and intrigue part waves in Florida. July 27 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not much is happening in Pompano Beach, Florida, where George Moran owns the Coconut Palms Motel. The sun rises and falls, as always, converging on his little view of the ocean. But the ex-leatherneck is not content to live forever next to the pool with a six-pack in his grip. A sentimental vacation to Santo Domingo, where Moran was shot in the leg by a sniper in '65, ignites old memories and Moran ends up going to bed with Mary de Boya, the beautiful wife of a Miami millionaire and former Dominican army general.
Once again, Elmore Leonard delivers another ruthless tale of intrigue and violence that is sure to move you in directions unimaginable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Weak May 31 2013
By Scott Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I should start off by saying that I am not the biggest Elmore Leonard fan. I love his writing style, but I usually don't care much for his stories or his characters. Not that I hate them, just that I don't find them particularly interesting. Having said that...

Cat Chaser is weak by almost any standard. It starts off with George Moran, an ex-Marine, deciding that he wants to visit Santo Domingo. Why? For closure, since he fought a war there. Okay, whatever. We'll discover he's EXTREMELY sentimental. Anyway, while he's there he decides to look for some kid that tried to shoot him 16 years ago. He puts an ad in a newspaper, which just happens to get picked up by a radio station, making Moran famous. Why does any of this matter? It doesn't help him find that (now grown) kid, but it does give a con-artist a chance to step in. So the kid is a plot device; got it. Meanwhile, Moran meets up with a former...let's call her girlfriend, Mary. Moran knew Mary a few years ago, but he hadn't seen her since his divorce until she just happens to show up in Santo Domingo on the same day as George. So they have a nice few days in bed and try to decide how Mary can leave her husband. She can't just come out and leave him, you see, because then he wouldn't realize it's all because he's a creep. So she decides to wait until her departure will best advance the plot. And the con-artist, well, they both know he's a con-artist but still keep him around because...actually, there's no viable reason at all for them to keep him around, they just do.

Anyway, George and Mary both head back to Miami, where they part and 15 minutes later -- literally -- start missing each other. Moran's such a softie. He also owns a motel that never has any guests. But it serves as a place that all the secondary characters can hang out so plot things can happen. So we get detectives and con-artists and ex-generals and bodyguards and lots of other people getting embroiled in a plot that wouldn't even be possible if a single coincidence failed to materialize, or if the characters ever made a rational decision. I'm sorry, am I asking too much for middle-aged people to act like adults instead of love-struck teenagers?

There simply isn't a believable moment in the whole story (that was just the first third). Thankfully that story goes by fairly quickly with Leonard's natural flair for storytelling. But this is a weak entry in the Elmore Leonard canon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another great one Aug. 25 2010
By Anthony Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the usual Leonard set up--descent guy who's not afraid to get his hands dirty, an alluring woman in need of saving, and a bunch of bad guys one worst than the next--but in EL's hands it never gets old. He scores again thanks to his wry wit, needle-sharp dialogue, and wonderful characters. I'm very surprised this book isn't still in print with a major publisher. What the hell's wrong with these people? Leonard will still be selling long after we've forgotten teen vampires and ditzy chicks on spiritual journeys. Trust me on this.

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