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The Cat who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun
Robert Kaplow
[Adult Fiction]

Lillian Jackson Braun fans may not take to kindly to this sharply witty send up. While quite a bit bawdier that Ms. Braun’s books, this skillful parody still captures her mysteries with a great deal of humor.

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The Cat Who Killed Lillian Jackson Braun

From 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. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc

About Robert Kaplow and his books

"Me and Orson Welles" is a coming-of-age story. The narrator, a New Jersey high school senior, has landed a bit part in the 1937 Mercury Theater production of "Julius Caesar". "This is the story of one week in my life. I was seventeen. It was the week I slept in Orson Welles's pajamas. It was the week I fell in love. It was the week I fell out of love". Teacher and writer Robert Kaplow is best known for the satirical songs and sketches he writes for NPR's Morning Edition. He teaches at Summit High School, and is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, and the mystery parody, "The Cat Who Killed Lillian Jackson Braun".