The Cat Dancers

A Novel

P. T. Deutermann

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An ingenious thriller of murder, revenge, and mystery in remote wilderness, by the acclaimed author of The Firefly and Hunting Season

When two lowlifes rob a gas station, murder the attendant, and then incinerate bystanders who are filling up their minivan, the Manceford County, North Carolina, police quickly arrest the killers at a nearby motel.

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.

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  1INCH BY METICULOUS INCH, he slides down the 10.5-mm rope, twisting and releasing the figure-eight descender in tiny, silent increments. He is sitting on a trapeze bar, which, in turn, is suspended from the rappelling device. Every time he twists the ring, the bar descends a few inches. He wears a webbed climbing harness around his chest, which allows him to lean back from the rope as he goes down. His face is now only a foot away from the granite overhang. He reaches out to touch the rock, but gently, so as not to induce a spin on the rope.

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“A spellbinding novel of suspense…quite possibly his best.”
--Nelson DeMille
 
“Gripping. . .Original and intense.”
--Book Page
 
“Full of suprises...keeps you reading past your bed time.
--Charlotte Observer

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P. T. Deutermann

P. T. Deutermann spent twenty-six years in government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of nine previous novels and lives with his wife in North Carolina.

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The Cat Dancers
A Novel
P. T. Deutermann

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429903615
ISBN10: 1429903619
352 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
October 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312933425
ISBN10: 0312933428
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 464 pages
$6.99
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