Children's book author James Qafka and his two cats, Ying-Tong and Poon-Tang, investigate the murder of Lilian Jackson Braun, in a satire of mystery fiction full of humorous puns and insults.
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This vicious and delicious parody satisfies on many levels. The much-beloved world of bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun (author of an endless series of The Cat Who. . . . mysteries) is whipsawed through Kaplow's bizarre and hilarious filter until it resembles the seaminess real life often holds. That Braun is murdered horribly and has led a sordid second life is just the beginning. Enjoy the remainder of this R-rated parody with reader Arte Johnson, who deadpans a wicked George Guidall impression throughout. (Guidall has voiced all of the actual Braun audiobooks.) Johnson never overplays the comedy, and adds wonderful fillips of innuendo and archness throughout his performance. Not for the easily offended, but a deeply funny recording. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Publishers Weekly:
In this wildly funny, biting satire, in which James Qafka, noted children's book author and his cats, Ying-Tong and Poon-Tang, investigate the ghastly murder of Lilian Jackson Braun, Kaplow's shotgun approach shatters his main targets and does a lot of collateral damage as well. Like Mad magazine humor, the zingers come quickly, lancing Britney Spears on one page, delivering a glancing blow to "Murder, She Wrote" on the next and giving a resounding slap to Oprah Winfrey a couple of pages after that. The copious puns range from the simple to the elaborate, and include a perfect gem complete in a one-page chapter. As is true with the author and sleuth the book parodies, readers are more likely to be along for the joy of the journey than for the nominal mystery. But where the real Lilian Jackson Braun chronicles a whitebread world of gentility and graciousness, Kaplow's fevered imagination brings forth a torrent of insults, invective and invention. Who else would create a confluence of Mary Astor, Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle and Jackie Gleason, while at the same time paying particular tribute to The Maltese Falcon? LJB purists may not be amused, and the same might be said of staunch Philip Roth fans, for Roth plays a unique role in Kaplow's opus. The rest of the reading public may read and roar.
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Book Description New Millennium Press, 2003. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1590073142