Red Cat

  • by Peter Spiegelman
  • Narrated by Elliott Gould
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With a troubled past and a job that attracts too much attention from the law, March has always been the black sheep of his staid merchant-banking family. That makes the identity of his latest client all the more surprising: his smug older brother, David.David is desperate and deeply scared, and with good reason. A woman he met on the Internet, and then for several torrid sexual encounters, is stalking him. David knows her only as Wren, but she seems to know everything about him - and she's threatening to tell all to his wife and his colleagues. His marriage, his career, and his reputation at stake, David wants John to find this woman and warn her off. Reeling from these revelations, John begins the search for Wren, and what he discovers both alarms and fascinates him. Part actress, part playwright, part performance-artist and noir pornographer, Wren is a powerfully compelling mystery - though no more so, John discovers, than his own brother.
But when a body surfaces in the East River, March suddenly finds he's no longer searching for a stalker. Now he's hunting a killer and following a trail that leads ever closer to David's door.


What the Critics Say

"Spiegelman...continues to be one of today's best practitioners of neo-noir." (Publishers Weekly)
"As John matures, so does Spiegelman. The writing is cleaner, the characters are varied and well drawn, and most of all, the plot is believably complex and full of shocking twists. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)


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Brilliant story • 4.5 Stars • Major talent but...

Peter Spiegelman took my breath away. He as insightful re. this moment's human nature as the American classic writers of the 30s and 40s. He may be even better in the sense that he creates insights so believable that you are forced to rethink the nature of human relationships. Yeah, it is a dark and ADULT novel. Yes there is sex, but... but... it is essential to this psycho/social/cultural exploration. Oh... and he writes with the craft of a great surgeon. However art without wonder is merely craft... And The Red Cat leaves you with wonderings that nag.

So... I can understand why the publishers felt that this novel was sufficiently important to snag a celebrity reader. Eliot Gould may be past his greatness. Or he may have phoned in at least some of his reading. But what's inescapably true is that the production people failed both Gould and Spiegelman by leaving a debris of seemingly random and maddening pauses behind. However, the story and Gould's adequate presentation of it overcome and this is a mystery which does not fall apart at its end. The characters will haunt you because they are complex and naggingly familiar.

Red Cat is worth the money, the time, and the feelings it provokes. Four and a half stars!!!
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- Ted

Good book, bad reader

I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and am dismayed to say that Elliott Gould, an actor of bigger reputation than most of the audiobook readers I have become such a fan of, is an awful, monotonous, word-mispronouncing reader! The production on this book is terrible, also, with big silent gaps between, apparently, recording sessions. This is especially frustrating because the Peter Spiegelman book is really good. Was this a rush job or what?
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- C. Carlson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2007
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books