Jack Caleb is a Gold Coast psychiatrist, wealthy, cultured - and gay. John Thinnes is a burned out Chicago detective. When one of Caleb's clients is found dead in his locked apartment - apparently of a self-inflicted head wound, Thinnes doesn't believe it was suicide. And Caleb is inclined to agree. But Thinnes regards a shrink who makes house calls suspicious and starts his investigation of the murder with the doctor himself. An attack on Dr. Caleb, made to look like an accidental drug overdose, starts to change the detective's mind. The investigation subsequently turns up art thefts, real estate swindles, and blackmail. Ultimately, the two men are forced to work together, to confront the killer and come to an understanding that changes them both.
Winner of the Malice Domestic first mystery prize, introduces Chicagian psychologist Jack Caleb and Detective John Thinnes. When one of Dr Caleb's patients is found dead an apparent suicide neither Dr Caleb or Detective Thinnes believe it is the truth.
This is an interesting story. It does not progress as the synopsis indicates. For Jack Caleb, the psychiatrist, being gay is a factor but not a major one in this book. Detective John Thinnes has problems he is working through. Those problems do not interfere with the story as he works through them. It is a mystery with plots and sub plots all progressing towards proving an apparent suicide is murder and solving it. The characters are good. The reading by Stephen Hoye is excellent. It was fun discovering who the actual murderer was. This is a very enjoyable audiobook.
What made the experience of listening to The Man Who Understood Cats the most enjoyable?
I bought all 4 books as Kindle e-books and read them within 2 days. Now I bought the book as audiobook and hope the other 3 books will follow. What I enjoyed most were the characters. They really came to life for me. I could be happy with them and I felt their problems and disappointments. A great book and a great series. (Unfortunately only 4 books in the series)
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes all the time by speeding up the developments until the end.
Which scene was your favorite?
None, I loved the whole book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Neither, it gave me the feeling I had met great people, the characters of the book.
Any additional comments?
I hope you will add the other 3 books in audio.