Red Cat

Red Cat

by Peter Spiegelman
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Red Cat by Peter Spiegelman

This riveting mystery finds Private Investigator John March descending into Manhattan’s dark and scandalous underworld to help a member of his own family.

David March, John’s brother, has been having affairs with anonymous women he meets on the internet. Now one of these women is stalking him. David knows her only as Wren. She, however, knows everything about David—and she's threatening to tell his wife and colleagues, ruining his life. With his marriage, career, and reputation at stake, David asks John to find her. What John discovers is there is more to Wren than David knows. She’s an intriguing mystery, an internet pornographer and video artist with a penchant for turning the tables on her subjects. But when she turns up dead, John finds he's no longer searching for a stalker—now he's looking for a murderer, and the clues keep leading him back to his older brother’s doorstep.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400097043
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 273,458
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Spiegelman is the author of Black Maps and Death's Little Helpers. He worked on Wall Street for twenty years developing software systems for international banking institutions and retired in 2001 to devote himself to writing. He lives in Connecticut.

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Red Cat 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
John March, private detective and black sheep of his wealthy family, is approached by his older brother David for help with a delicate situation. It seems David has gotten in way over his head: what was supposed to be a quick affair has turned into a Fatal Attraction dilemma. John begins his investigation and uncovers a surprise agenda on the part of the woman behind David's stress. When she is murdered during the investigation the obvious suspect is David. It's up to John to follow every clue in order to save his brother (not to mention his marriage). Fittingly, the story is set in a grim, icy New York winter, which adds to the dark atmosphere. The only drawback is the sub-narrative of John's married girlfriend, who seems to have little better to do than drop in on him constantly to serve takeout food and spend the night. It adds nothing to a strong storyline and is a distraction I could have done without.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't give this story quite five stars because of the slow and uneventful pace of most of the book (a lot of the described action is mostly what transpires between John March and his live-in girlfriend). Don't get me wrong, it is still a decent whodunnit book. March is asked by his brother David to find all he can about Wren, a woman he met on the Internet, had a subsequent affair with and is now being hounded by her (like the woman in Fatal Attraction). When John starts investigating, Wren turns up dead. John must then step-up his almost impossible search before David is tied to Wren by the police. John and David's lawyer (Mike) reason that David will be the likely suspect and the police will just focus on him. The more John investigates we find that Wren may not have really been a 'fatal attraction' type personality at all and her motives were for a different reason. There are a slew of possible suspects, including two of Wren's boyfriends, some of her artistic 'subjects' and possibly even David or David's wife. What makes this book interesting is the difficulty and the time constraint that John is working under (especially because David is mostly uncooperative and obnoxious)and that the author gives virtually nothing away until John finds things. The writing style is very good, though I wish it had a little more action.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Growing up brothers John and David March detested one another as adults their scorn for the other remains unabated. Thus John is more than shocked when his snobbish business executive David turns to him for help. The married David used an Internet site to arrange a tryst. The woman videotaped their performance, which if revealed would cost the older sibling his job and probably his wife he wants his younger sibling, a private investigator to find out what is going on and how to prevent the personal disaster from occurring. The only additional clue is a red cat tattoo on the hooker.--------------- John learns the female is Wren, who is not blackmailing David per say, but considers herself an artist selling her tapes of married men cheating with her to the highest bidding collector. The scenario takes a deadly spin when someone murders Wren. John assumes that a sex client committed the homicide, but wonders if righteous David could have performed the deed even as he ponders whether blood is thick enough to propel him to protect David especially if he turns out to be the killer.----------------------- Besides the family dynamics, RED CAT is a fabulous modern day Noir that brings the Internet fully into the sub-genre. John is terrific as he loathes his pompous ¿superior¿ older brother, but also resolves to do his best by him as he is family. Peter Spiegelman provides a great whodunit starring one of the best sleuths to hit the information age (see BLACK MAPS and DEATH'S LITTLE HELPERS).---------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fast, fun read and my first by this author. I was even surprised by the ending. Recommended for fans of mysteries with a noir-ish flavor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was on a business trip and grabbed a PEOPLE Magazine to entertain me on the plane. As I flipped through the front, I saw in the book reviews a photo of a great looking book jacket, so I read the review, which was excellent. When I reached SF, I went and bought Red Cat for the trip home. Once I started reading it, I just went straight through. (I think I even missed the second round of snacks!) The story is complex and goes straight to the heart of how difficult it can be to deal with one's own family. The overarching mystery itself is suspenseful and full of twists and turns. It's a real page turner that can I heartily recommend to fiction and mystery readers alike.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿ve found a ¿new¿ author, at least new to me, Peter Spiegelman. I have to admit the artwork on the dustcover practically convinced my not to read this mystery, then I read 1, 2, then 3 positive reviews, and saw the copies flying off the shelf, I relented and dove into a great mystery. This is a murder-mystery that defies an easy solution. Spiegelman¿s writing and character development are second to none. I'll be reading the first two, next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Spiegelman's first two novels, Black Maps and Death's Little Helpers, and was looking forward to book three. What I didn't expect was just how much I would enjoy it. After getting started, I couldn't put it down, and stayed up until the wee hours just to finish. It's not so much the 'mystery' part, but rather the complexity of the characters and their inter-relationships that is so stunning. Don't get me wrong, the story itself is nuanced and full of twists and turns, but it's the relationship between March and his brother David and to the other characters that really keeps this story motoring. The quality of Spiegelman's writing is right up there with the best of them. A must read for all mystery and noir fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is in the den not breathing. I am dead. Badger attack. Mistypaw your med cat name is Mistydrop. Bring me to camp and show Stormstar please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curlus up over steelfeathers grave.