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The Death of the Blue Mountain Cat Hardcover – Mar 15 1996


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312139624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312139629
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,279,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Dymmoch's debut, The Man Who Understood Cats, will applaud the return of Chicago psychiatrist Jack Caleb and police detective John Thinnes, but the uncommon sleuthing duo are at a disadvantage in this protracted and often plodding case. The ultra-refined Caleb is at the opening of an art exhibit by Native American artist Blue Mountain Cat when the artist, a former patient of Caleb's, is fatally stabbed. The dead man's works, which used sacred objects to decry the exploitation of Indian land and peoples, offended both the exploiters and Native Americans; his material success and his recent marriage to a wealthy socialite earned him the enmity of others. Other, less prominent Native Americans are killed as Caleb and Thinnes pursue the murderer, confronting a high-powered developer, the artist's scheming agent, a nasty critic and the manufacturers of art reproductions. Meanwhile Thinnes copes with a hostile, ineffectual superior while Caleb, whose male lover died five years earlier, attempts a relationship with a handsome young reporter. Dymmoch's intriguing characters are ill-served by this formulaic plot.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Blue Mountain Cat, a wildly controversial native American artist, winds up dead at his own art museum show. Chicago detective John Thinnes asks psychiatrist Jack Caleb to help with the investigation, which turns up a number of suspects. An excellent second to The Man Who Understood Cats (LJ 5/1/93).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I'm hooked on the series. Feb. 28 2015
By roundgal - Published on Amazon.com
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Only four stars because one wants to save a star for "great" books -- this is good. Quite good. I'm hooked on the series. I finish one and load the next. Underneath it all, the two protagonists are "normal." That is, you can easily empathize with the complexities of their lives that are there as subtext during the solution of the mysteries. That these two men should become friends while still maintaining a distance between them rings true as we all have friends who are kept away from out inner lives while they are still very close friends in other ways.

I do sense it's useful to have been to Lake Shore Drive and know a bit of the geography of Chicago to visualize the scenes. I know it's helping me but it may not be necessary to enjoying the books. Someone else will need to address that.
The second of the series, as good as the first. June 26 2013
By Dan H Winters - Published on Amazon.com
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This is part of one of the most interesting mystery series in recent years. Caleb and Thinnes are great characters. I'll be ready to buy any more done in the series.Easily five stars!
Thinnes//Caleb The Death of a Blue Mountain Cat March 31 2012
By Irene - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book, and this series. My only disappointment is that the series has been completed. Both characters are unusual. Their characters are well-developed yet really different than most detective/buddy combo. I don't do spoilers but this whole series is worth reading.

Native American artist Blue Mountain Cat has a style described as "Andy Warhol meets Jonathon Swift in Indian country." When he's murdered at an exclusive showing in a posh Chicago art museum, Detective John Thinnes has no shortage of suspects. Targets of the artist's satire included a greedy developer, a beautiful Navajo woman, and black-market antiquities dealers. And some of the museum's patrons were outraged by his work. Even the victim's wife merits investigation: The death of Blue Mountain Cat sends her into shock but doesn't keep her name off the long list of suspects.
Five Stars Feb. 20 2015
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Best book of these.
Three Stars March 26 2015
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I'm a cat person


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