The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana

The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana

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The award-winning author of the Joe Grey mystery series teams up with her husband to conjure a charming adventure involving the devil, a thief, a bet, and a phantom cat. Bringing to life an old legend about a ghost cat who helps his pal outsmart the devil himself--introduced in Cat Bearing Gifts--The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana is a tale of magic that illuminates a new dimension behind the mysterious lives of the talking felines, a story that longtime fans of the Joe Grey series won't want to miss.

To the devil, the span of a human life is as brief as spit on the wind. But the challenge of playing with flawed humans, like a cat toying with a mouse, is endlessly amusing. If the devil loses a wager, though, he will harass a person's descendants until he eventually gets his due--which is why he is tormenting Lee Fontana.

The night before Lee, a train robber, is paroled from jail, Satan terrifies and tempts him with the promise of one more successful heist. As Lee goes on, struggling to live an honest life working on a farm in Southern California with old friends, opportunities to get rich quick seem to appear at every turn and the temptation becomes too much to bear. But Lee has a secret ally looking out for him. The prison cat Misto, a yellow-tabby ghost, will tail the ex-con on his dangerous mission--an adventure that will leave a long legacy for everyone's favorite sleuthing cat, Joe Grey, and his pals in the charming California coastal town of Molena Point.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2014.
ISBN: 9780062268785
Characteristics: 314 pages ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Patrick John 1926-


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Jun 14, 2016

I enjoy Joe Gray mysteries. And I enjoyed this story with MIsto. It ravels reality with the other world and both kind and shady humans. The plot moved well and my only complaint is "it just ended". Since this is a prequel, I must go back and read "Cat Bearing Gifts" to see how it all turns out.

Sep 02, 2014

This could have been so good. But I found it repetitive, almost preachy, and frankly, boring. I would have preferred more subtlety in the drawing of the characters and in the development of the plot. Did not finish.

May 02, 2014

An avid reader of Shirley Rouseeau's novels, I was very disappointed in this latest one. I found it too dark, depressing and couldn't maintain an interest in the story line.

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