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The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun: A Parody
     

The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun: A Parody

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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.

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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 that. The copious puns range from the simple to the elaborate, and include a perfect gem complete in a one-page chapter. As is true with the author and sleuth the book parodies, readers are more likely to be along for the joy of the journey than for the nominal mystery. But where the real Lilian Jackson Braun chronicles a whitebread world of gentility and graciousness, Kaplow's fevered imagination brings forth a torrent of insults, invective and invention. Who else would create a confluence of Mary Astor, Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle and Jackie Gleason, while at the same time paying particular tribute to The Maltese Falcon? LJB purists may not be amused, and the same might be said of staunch Philip Roth fans, for Roth plays a unique role in Kaplow's opus. The rest of the reading public may read and roar. (Apr. 1) Forecast: While readers familiar with Lilian Jackson Braun's bestselling "Cat Who " series are the obvious target audience, the book's literate if at times tasteless humor should ensure it reaches well beyond mystery buffs. Promotion on NPR, for which the author created the Morning Edition program Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters, will give a boost. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893224841
Publisher:
New Millennium Entertainment
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.88(d)

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: A Parody 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a Lilian Jackson Braun fan; I have read several of her books and decided they are not for me. However, this so-called parody is nothing more than a nasty rant by someone who is obviously enthralled with his own writing skills and determined to slam an inferior being. The humor is forced and quickly resorts to potty language to cover up a complete lack of comic ability. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. Maybe the book improves after that; I don't know and I don't care. Jackson Braun's books may be silly and badly written, but this parody is utter trash. I won't waste my time on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
But lots of gratuitous obscenities and fantasies. This is one of the least enjoyable books I have ever bought. Calling this a parody of Ms. Braun's books is misleading in the extreme. Kaplow's book is the only one I've bought in the last twenty years that I'd like my money back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could I would rate this a negative five star. I found it very tasteless and inappropiate. I think Ms. Braun should sue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some guys sexual fantasies linked together with drivel and a few famous names thrown in to entice unaware readers to pick up the book. Definitely NOT for fans of Lilian Jackson Braun and her work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A parody is supposed to be written in the style of the author being ridiculed (or given an hommage). This book is not written in Braun's style--it just happens to have characters who are similar to Braun's characters. What's worse, Kaplow has his Q character make rude and mean-spirited comments about Lilian Jackson Braun, which seems to break the parody rule because Braun's books don't make fun of other authors. Kaplow's book has tasteless humor (as other reviewers have mentioned) and is not likely to appeal to people who read 'The Cat Who' series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A take-no-prisoners assault on mysteries, writers, critics, and nearly everything else. Wildly funny, completely tasteless--I loved every minute of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been a fan of ljb for at least a decade, and picked up this book to complete my collection. the books style was unexpected and completly outrageous. perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on the 'QUIRKY AND QUIRKIER' table in the B&N by NYU, and it looked intriguing. Turned out to be genuinely one of the funniest books I've read. It had nothing to do with Lilian Jackson Braun, which is good because I've never read her. Instead it's just a 200 page mad monologue that reads like Lenny Bruce on Ecstacy. Very funny. Tasteless. Totally politically incorrect.