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The unscratchables
Cornelius Kane
Adult Fiction KANE

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Det. Max "Crusher" McNash, a fearless bull terrier in the slaughter unit of the San Bernardo police dog force, must overcome his distrust of special agent Cassius Lap, a very Zen Siamese of the FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation), in their pursuit of a serial killer cat targeting dogs in this off-the-leash hard-boiled satire from the pseudonymous Kane. The fur begins flying when two rottweilers are torn apart. Later victims include a retriever attending a museum shindig, movie star Jack Russell Crowe and a newshound. Crusher and Cassius deal with gangsta hounds as well as visit Kathattan, an island where dogs are unwelcome, and Cattica Correctional Facility, where convicted murderer Quentin Riossiti, a debonair psycho cat, offers his help for a price. Billed as "a well-known Australian author," Kane offers plenty of tongue-in-muzzle insights into bestial behavior, political chicanery and assorted foxy topics. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the vein of The Big Sleep or Animal Farm, Kane (the pseudonym of Australian author Anthony O'Neill) combines hard-boiled mystery and social satire. Unlike other animal sleuths (e.g., Lilian Jackson Braun's Ko-Ko and Yum-Yum), these creatures live in a human-free world. Max "Crusher" McNash, a bulldog detective with the San Bernardo Slaughter Unit, teams up with Cassius Lap, a Siamese from the Feline Bureau of Investigation to track down the perpetrator of a series of gruesome murders (several rottweiler gangsters are offed, and a feral feline serial killer is suspected). Could the crimes be connected to the ambitions of fox media magnate Phineas Reynard? Verdict A smart and entertaining read that will appeal to all noir readers-even those who normally detest animal mysteries.-Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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