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The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun
     

The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun

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by Robert Kaplow
 

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America's most beloved writer, Lilian Jackson Braun, author of twenty-four Cat Who... mysteries is now the subject of a mystery herself. In this spoof by one of her most ardent admirers, her beheaded body has been discovered in the men's room of a gay bar in Lower Manhattan. The police are baffled, and so it is up to Braun's eccentric writer friend, James Q. (Qafka),

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America's most beloved writer, Lilian Jackson Braun, author of twenty-four Cat Who... mysteries is now the subject of a mystery herself. In this spoof by one of her most ardent admirers, her beheaded body has been discovered in the men's room of a gay bar in Lower Manhattan. The police are baffled, and so it is up to Braun's eccentric writer friend, James Q. (Qafka), and his Siamese cats Ying-Ton and Poon-Tang to solve the ghastly mystery. Q.'s quest leads him on a hilarious, ribald chase that's a cross between a story by Lenny Bruce and Dashiell Hammett. Before it's done we've encountered Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth, a sex-starved suburban housewife, a mysterious Hollywood diary, Britney Spears, an ancient secret society, and two gifted cats whose trail of urine and hairballs leads Q. and his spunky undergraduate assistant to finally unravel the riddle of The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this wildly funny, biting satire, in which James Qafka, noted children's book author and his cats, Ying-Tong and Poon-Tang, investigate the ghastly murder of Lilian Jackson Braun, Kaplow's shotgun approach shatters his main targets and does a lot of collateral damage as well. Like Mad magazine humor, the zingers come quickly, lancing Britney Spears on one page, delivering a glancing blow to "Murder, She Wrote" on the next and giving a resounding slap to Oprah Winfrey a couple of pages after..
AudioFile Magazine
This vicious and delicious parody satisfies on many levels. The much-beloved world of bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun (author of an endless series of The Cat Who... mysteries) is whipsawed through Kaplow's bizarre and hilarious filter until it resembles the seaminess real life often holds.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014648622
Publisher:
PHOENIX BOOKS INC
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
213
Sales rank:
161,401
File size:
883 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Kaplow is a teacher and writer best known for the satirical songs and sketches he writes for NPRs "Morning Edition," where he created Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters. His award-winning young adult novels include "Alessandra in Love" and "Alex Icicle: A Romance in Ten Torrid Chapters."

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Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I enjoy the Cat Who books and also a good satire. However, this is a cheap ripoff of the Cat Who books and not a good satire at all. It is rather repitious and boring. However, if you enjoy wasting your time and being bored, by all means this is the book for you.
nepwrite More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be insulting to Lillian Jackson Braun, Koko, Yumyum, and Qwill. I suppose he thought he was being cleaver, but He just made me angry. I don't enjoy his style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because I am a lover of the Cat Who mysteries. The synopsis calls Kaplow 'one of her (Braun) most ardent admirers'. I find this hard to believe, because this book embodies everything her books are not. Satire is fine, and quite amusing when done well. This book is filled with all manner of vulgarity, from filthy language to disgusting sex acts. And I only got through two chapters. If that's your thing, by all means read this book. But if you enjoy the Cat Who mysteries for what they are, this book is not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this would be a closure to the Cat Who Series Books by Lilian Jackson Braun. Boy was I wrong! This was written by a mad man intent on writing filth full of vulgarity. It wasn't cute or insiteful but rather something that wasn't worth reading. Do not buy or waste your money on this piece of vulgar filth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book SOUNDS great but in reality is horrible. As a rule, I do not abandon books but this one I did after about 30 pages. I found it disgusting and certainly did not appreciate what I felt was rascist humor. I definitely do NOT recommend buying this book. If I could give it ZERO stars I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between the fould language and prurient, unecessarily sexual observations, I couldn't get past the first chapter. Pity! I enjoy farces.
Kathy40 More than 1 year ago
This book is NOT funny. It's stupid and disgusting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can tell this is a sarcastic spoof of thr beloved series, If you like dark humor and aren't easily offended this book is fun, If you're expecting a Jackson-Braun pistache you'll be very disappointed, - by Paula
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awful. I couldn't even get past the first page.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This hilarious tongue-in-cheek poke at Lillian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series is not for the average fan. You have to be willing to laugh at yourself and not take the world too seriously. It helps knowing all the characters to catch all of the inside jokes, but there was enough substance outside of the inside jokes that my husband who has never touched a LJB book enjoyed it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely good for escapism. And if you have a problem with Kaplow's vulgar humour (such as the protagonist being caught pleasuring himself by girl scouts selling their cookies) then this book is definitely not for you. However, those who are OPEN MINDED enough to see the humour in this book would love the 'randomness' of it. I rented it from the library, and read it several times. An added bit of fun is the list of books that this Kaplow supposedly wrote, many of which contain titles inappropriate for this review!! To summarize, if you have a problem with vulgar humour, *ahem Kathy* don't touch the book. But if you're not some silly zealot or person who finds offense in VERY minor things, then definitely give this book a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im going to read this book