Copy Kat Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1990
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From School Library Journal
YA-- Kat Colorado returns in Kijewski's fourth novel, and she is as entertaining as ever. Tobias McAlister asks Kat to investigate the death of his godchild Deidre, murdered as she left the bar she and her husband owned. Although still wrestling with self-doubts resulting from a previous case in which she was forced to kill a suspect in self-defense, Kat agrees to take on the assignment. She goes undercover as a bartender at the murder scene and quickly becomes a favorite with the local citizens. She discovers a pattern to their relationships, past and present, that makes her task a challenge and a heartache. With zany humor and bold confrontations, Kat brings the murderer to justice, making readers sorry to have reached the last page, but eager for this detective's next adventure. YAs will certainly find a heroine in this lovely, wisecracking, but formidable P. I.
- Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Publisher
She's a hard-boiled Sacramento P.I. with a soft spot for the unlucky, the unloved, and one special cop named Hank. Her name is Kat Colorado, and in her business curiosity can be more than an occupational hazard -- it can be murder.
Iit's hard to tell where the truth ends and the lies begin when Kat is hired to look into the death of a young woman in a historic California gold-country resort town. The police have closed the books on Deidre Durkin's murder; it was a tragic robbery-homicide. But could a clever murderer have created the illusion of a parking-lot theft gone bad? Was Deidre's loving husband as perfect as he seemed? The more Kat finds out about the victim, the less she's convinced that Deidre was the woman she appeared to be. But then Kat, in her undercover role as a bartender, isn't the person she pretends to be, either. And as Kat discovers, in this little town, even life and death are an illusion.
Top Customer Reviews
So Kat becomes Kate, hangs up her badge and puts on a bartender's apron and goes undercover, sinking deeper into her faux life as she becomes entangled in the lives of Deidre's charming widower and young son, her jealous sister, the requisite wacky barmaid-cum-roommate (seems every novel has wisecracking relief these days, though Kat holds her own as well), and a cast of beer-drinking regulars with wandering eyes and hands. Somewhere in this muddle is Deidre's killer, and despite a change in hair color and fashion tastes, that killer appears to have fleshed out Kat.
I was trying so hard not to compare Kijewski's Kat Colorado with Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, but the resemblences are difficult to ignore. Both are single, female PIs based in California, tough and uncompromising when a job needs to be done. In Copy Kat, however, we are offered a gentler, more emotional protagonist with a quick wit. Not to say that Grafton's Kinsey doesn't have her moments, but Kat Colorado is less methodical in her routine, and perhaps in the case of Copy Kat that is more enjoyable to read
Copy Kat is no exception. When Kat needs to escape her nightmares, she seizes the opportunity to go out of town undercover to find the client's goddaughter's killer.
The people she meets are warm and real to the reader, and I was surprised by the identification of the killer.
Biggest problem with this book: there seem to be two important sentences missing in the chapter in which Kat meets the victim's sister and brother in law. I don't know if they are publisher or author omissions, but they made it difficult for me to follow an important chapter.
While this isn't the author's best work, it is better by FAR than many of the mysteries out there. Karen Kijewski should be proud of the work she has published, because it's a yacht swimming in the literary sewage that calls itself "mystery."