Allen J. Hubin

KINKY FRIEDMAN When the Cat's Away

KINKY FRIEDMAN – When the Cat’s Away. Beach Tree/Morrow, hardcover, 1988. Berkley, paperback, 1989.

   When the Cat’s Away is the third of Kinky Friedman’s novels about “himself.” Friedman the character lives in New York, but what he does there is by no means clear.

   Occasionally he’s drawn into felonious matters, as here when he’s asked by a friend to track down a catnapped feline. The spoor leads to a hotel room, sundry mysterious messages, and a corpse. Kinky also seems to be cast in the unwilling and possibly terminal role of catalyst in the city’s cocaine wars.

   An amusing narrative, with some enjoyably burlesqued characters, but I lost interest and belief in the proceedings along the way.

— Reprinted from The MYSTERY FANcier,
       Vol. 11, No. 1, Winter 1989.

       Previously on this blog:

Elvis, Jesus & Coca Cola   (reviewed by Barry Gardner)