Monday, October 12, 2015
A mystery that's the cat's meow
In The Cat's Meow, Flannery is asked to see if he can find a way to save a church cemetery that has been sold to make way for a gas station, all the bodies to be moved elsewhere. Soon he becomes involved in the problems of an elderly priest who says he still hears the meow of his dead cat. What's more, there is evidence of devil worship.in the church late at night. When the priest is found dead of an apparent accident, Flannery gets serious about finding out what is really going on in this church.
Campbell tells an interesting story, but the best part is the way he tells it, through the voice of Jimmy Flannery. Flannery's just a nice guy (if not always honest), happily married, eager to help anyone in need and someone with a gift for reading the signs in what others say and do. His grammar isn't always on target, but his insights usually are.
There are hard-boiled mysteries, and then there is the soft-boiled variety. The Cat's Meow is among the best of the latter.