But a stubborn judge throws out the case, because the suspects were not read their rights, leaving Sheriff Bobby Lee Baggett and Lieutenant Cam Richter to face the anger of the victims' families.
Soon thereafter, a mysterious e-mail arrives in the department: a link to a video of one of the murderers being executed in a homemade electric chair, ending with a voice announcing, "That's one". The shocking video spreads throughout the Internet, drawing the attention of local, state, and federal authorities, and national media, and putting intense pressure on Bobby Lee and Cam to find the vigilante before he claims his second victim.
Assigned to head the search, Cam finds himself resented by some of his fellow officers and subtly threatened by others. His job is further complicated by the fact that the offending judge is also his ex-wife, and now - after years apart, and an uneasy reconciliation - his sometime lover. Cam's questions lead him to a remote mountain area in western North Carolina and a group of daredevils who call themselves "the cat dancers" - so named because they have tracked the last wild mountain lions in the region to their dens, where they have photographed the animals face-to-face, or died trying. Cam must hunt this group and the cats they seek, or become their next target.
Listen to the sequel, Spider Mountain.
©2005 P. T. Deutermann; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Well-drawn characters, intelligent, realistic dialogue and top-notch writing....Petrified readers will be checking under the bed and in the closets for any panthers that may have crept inside while they were glued to the pages." (Publishers Weekly)
"Reader Dick Hill brings the best in voice and vocal variety to this effort. His voice is as rough as a raging river, as soft as falling snow - a perfect match for this engaging story." (AudioFile)
So many books are advertised as being suspenseful, or thrillers, but do not deliver on that promise. This book does. My husband and I listen together, and we sat up late several nights glued to our Kindle waiting to see what would happen. Dick Hill's performance is outstanding. If you enjoy action books, this one is highly recommended
This was my first P.T. Deuterman. I am not sure there will be a second.
My idea of a good mystery is that a seemingly unrelated collection of incidents and characters somehow converge at the end of the novel to solve a mystery, with the reader involved as a sort of ghost-like sleuth.
Here, we have practically unrelated story lines (the reviewer who says that the story bounces is putting it mildly) getting resolved one by one. Yes, of course, they are all sort of 'connected,' but the connection seems like an afterthought. The first set of murders is resolved, THEN another disappearance gets resolved, THEN another murder...Meanwhile we have this preposterous sideline story where people chase mountain lions (the lions could have been substituted by speed cars without blinking an eye -- they are that much of a sideline....In fact, I suspect that they were indeed something more realistic at one point, like speed cars, that were later exchanged in an attempt to make a rather-ahum story better......In my opinion, the attempt failed.)
In the end, there are incredible coincidences (what are the chances of THAT cast of characters being involved in the same random act of violence? And seriously, that other guy was the guy's brother????)....and (in my mind, a MAJOR flaw): a HUGE clue gives away the identity of the last "Bad Guy" (several "bad guys" are revealed and disposed off along the way) without our "hero" ever noticing (but it is SO obvious that you are simply waiting for it to happen...for pages, and pages...and pages.).
I have heard so much about the author -- and so many of the reviews gave this novel so much praise -- that I was expecting something better. Perhaps P.T. is just not for me.
This author is new to me but what a find! I am a big Dick Hill fan and just looking for something of which he was narrator led me here. Great new characters for me to get to know and an exciting plot that is very well thought out. Cam, Frick and Frack,what a trio!!! Good action that grabs your attention and holds on from page one to a fast tumbling end. Dick Hill does a great read but when he has great material to work with he 'shines' Totally enjoyable.
I cannot compare this book to any book I've read or heard, so far as I can remember. The structure, setting, character development, and reading are absolutely stellar.
I really like to read a book. I really really like to hear Dick Hill's performance of a book; absolutely incredible; can't figure how he does it.
This book will push a lot of buttons. I didn't know anything about P.T. Deuterman until a friend recommended this audio version of The Cat Dancers. It's entertaining and enlightening, provocative, worthwhile reading and listening. Don't miss this.
Jay Kay, the indian computer genius steals the show with her involvement and self-confident air that is very entertaining. She has a very big role that evolves throughout the book.
Cam Richter was voiced perfectly. Cam is the protagonist detective caught in a web that he neither understands or can disentangle himself. Dick Hill is my favorite performer for adventure thrillers, mysteries and the like. He is really quite incredibly talented. I have never failed to totally enjoy one of his works regardless of the author.
It is superbly entertaining, loaded with action and drama. It zooms along at a fast pace. This book is loaded with computer processing details, small town police department politics, love stories, loyal German Shepherd dogs, great North Carolina woods winter adventures and a vigilante force or two. Oh and mountain lions too. Wow!
I have read all of the Cam Richter series to date. I would recommend reading them in order of when they were written. The Cat Dancers, Spider Mountain, The Moonpool, Firefly, Nightwalkers.
These are great murder mysteries. Wish they were about 10 hours longer each. Reading a series with a central character is my favorite thing. These are incredibly well done and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not a bad one in the bunch. The central characters' (Cam Richter)life changes and some things are a continuance, hence reading in order is a good thing although all authors seem to think that it doesn't matter. I will read each of these books more than once or twice. Deutermann is a great author. I've read about 5 or 6 others not in this series and they are great as well.
I listened to The Cat Dancers while driving through the Smokey Mountains going to and from Knoxville, TN from Charlotte, NC. This was the first P.T. Deutermann novel I've read and I enjoyed it tremendously. I've already purchased Spider Mountain -- the next book in the Cam Richter series.
Dick Hill's narration is absolutely masterful -- glad to see continuity throughout the series.
This was my first P.T. Deutermann and it took some getting use to his style. It's difficult to explain but it's almost as if the story bounces quickly from problem to problem, much like a ping pong ball. Romantic interludes are dropped in from time to time but are fairly meaningless. That said, I very much enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I like to start with the first in a series and read straight through so I immediately went to Spider Mountain, which was strange but also enjoyable. Then Moonpool, which I would NOT recommend and suggest you skip it entirely. The story is confusing and, in my opinion, badly written. It's only redeeming quality is the dogs. And I've just finished Nightwalkers, I liked it as well and will buy the next in the series when I find it. All that said, I always like Dick Hill and although his "female voices" are sometimes a bit like nails on a blackboard, he is one of the best!
I think P.T. Deutermann is a terrific writer. I am also glad to not see his books Abridged. As usual, I enjoyed the imagination of Cat Dancers. Keep them coming!!!!
This should have been more interesting from the setup of a couple of low-life robber/murderers who become hunted by vigilantes, but it just kind of limps along. The narration here didn't help with a voice that largely lacked a lot of inflection. Particularly annoying was the reading of passages in which a phone conversation was taking place and someone decided half of the conversation should have a tin can echo to it. Poor choice and ultimately unsatisfying. I think Deutermann has a better grasp of the world war 2 action thrillers he writes than the detective genre. I would pass on this book.
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