- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Aug. 15 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515090174
- ISBN-13: 978-0515090178
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards Mass Market Paperback – Aug 15 1986
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About the Author
The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, the New York Times labeled Braun, “the new detective of the year.” Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene. It wasn’t until 1986 that Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. Since then, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has published seventeen additional novels in the Cat Who series. Braun passed away in 2011.
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Braun has cats of her own, undoubtedly the inspiration for her series, and cat lovers will be amused at the Koko's antics and the spoiled treatment he is accorded. He eats much better than most humans! But the story doesn't just rest on the cat -- Qwillerman is a likable guy who pursues his puzzles doggedly, while he and we learn a little about art and art galleries along the way. His interviewing skills and easygoing manner with people make him a natural at sniffing out the truth. For a few hours of fun relaxation and entertainment, try this tale!
Although this is a pretty good book, I was a little disappointed that Koko didn't show up earlier. I suppose since this is the first book in The Cat Who... series, the author didn't want to rush character introductions, but I hope Koko's more in the spotlight in the following books. Still, this is a great series for animal and mystery lovers.
For those who are familiar with the series this is a very logical and enjoyable place to get up to speed on Qwill and Koko but beware this is more mystery and less cozy than later installments in the series. Also be advised that the setting is the big city and not the Moose County of the later books.
There has been some speculation that this series has been written by more than one author. Since this book was first published in 1966 and the series is still going strong that is entirely possible. But just like a fine restaurant we might be happier if we don't inquire too deeply into the process that brings the finished product.
In this volume, we are introduced to James Qwilleran, formerly a top reporter, but struggling to make his way back, following a divorce and a battle with alcoholism. In his first new assignmet, Qwilleran is assigned to cover the "Art" beat for the "Daily Fluxion" newspaper -- a subject about which he knows absolutely nothing.
We are also introduced to the remarkable Kao Ko Kung -- a remarkable Siamese cat belonging to a local art critic. After a rather bizarre murder, the old reporter in Qwilleran comes to the fore and, with the help of Kao Ko Kung (aka Koko) solves the mystery.
Gastronomes will love this series of books as much as cat lovers, due to the luscious descriptions of food and drink described.
This book is one of the best of the series, and is well worth the time.
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