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Posted July 12, 2011
Pet Noir by Pati Nagle is a sci-fi mystery novel featuring a unique cat name Leon. This novel reads like five short stories with each story being a new mystery for Leon and his human handler Devin to solve. It was a quick and easy read that made my 6-hour plane ride seem not so long.
Plot: Leon is a very unusual cat. He has been genetically engineered to understand and speak with humans and to have opposable thumbs which makes him very valuable to his owner. Leon has been commissioned or created for the head of security of the space base Gamma. Leon is an indentured engineered being and he must work off the cost of his engineering to buy his freedom which will take him five years to do. He is purchased in order to help break a drug smuggling ring. The idea is that Leon will go under cover and not let on to others that he understands them or that he can talk to humans. The head of security is hoping that people will talk around Leon as they would any other cat and let Leon in on information that will help them solve crimes. He is given to another security officer who is also under cover named Devin. Devin is Leon's keeper. Leon lives with Devin and Devin takes care of Leon. However, we never know if Devin likes Leon or if he just keeps him because the boss told him too. Devin is also Leon's cover. I.e. Devin just felt like getting a kitten and so there is Leon. The novel actually contains five cases which again read like independent short stories rather than one cohesive novel. Part I deals with the case of the drug smugglers. In Part II, Leon meets a lady kitty who he is interested in and her master is in trouble. Leon attempts to get Devin to help the kitty's master in order make Leon's new girlfriend happy. In Part III a pair of rare birds go missing and Leon asks his cat pals to help him find them (yes he speaks cat too). In Part IV, a couple of workers on Gamma go missing and Devin and Leon try to figure out what happened to them. The disappearances seem to center around a new night club that has opened on the base. Part V deals with the poisoning and murder of a Judge on the base. And Devin gets poisoned as well. Can Leon crack the case before it's too late for Devin? You will have to read the novel to find out.
This is a fun and what I would call a fluffy read. If you are looking for mysteries with twists or turns or characters with a lot of depth then look elsewhere. The mysteries are pretty see-through and the characters are pretty one-dimensional. Devin is basically a skirt chasing slobish male who works in security and we pretty much don't know anything else about him. Leon is a half Maine Coon/Half something else cat that happens to be a silver tabby. He is pretty much interested in his next meal. Leon's character should develop a lot between kitten and essentially an adult at 1 year of age but he doesn't. He doesn't really act kitten like at all. He just seems to be an adolescent kitty all throughout the novel.
The writing style for this book feels again like a short story as if the author hasn't really fleshed out or connected the novel together yet. She was easy to read but the stories didn't have a lot of plot or character development. I think I will pass on her other works.
This book is a good one time read for the plane or the beach. You will like this book if you are into cats. I won't read it again but I did enjoy this read through.
Posted June 27, 2011
LibraryThing Early Review eBook Leon is a genetically adapted cat working in security on a space station. This collection of interlinked adventures with his human and feline companions is a fun, light and charming read. I would recommend this book highly. Leon is an entertaining, engaging protagonist and I look forward to his future exploitsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.