The Cat Dancers: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 29, 2005 - Fiction - 341 pages
23 Reviews
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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Review: The Cat Dancers (Cam Richter #1)

User Review  - Carl Alves - Goodreads

A cat dancer, as in the title of this novel, is a mountain climber who get as close as possible to take a snap shot of a mountain lion. It seemed that the author really wanted to write a novel that ... Read full review

Review: The Cat Dancers (Cam Richter #1)

User Review  - Tom Tischler - Goodreads

Two lowlifes rob a NC gas station murder the attendant and incinerate bystanders. They are quickly arrested at a nearby motel. A stubborn judge dismisses the charges because the suspects were not read ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
19
Section 3
24
Section 4
28
Section 5
38
Section 6
45
Section 7
51
Section 8
66
Section 13
190
Section 14
195
Section 15
206
Section 16
264
Section 17
290
Section 18
302
Section 19
307
Section 20
318

Section 9
75
Section 10
93
Section 11
149
Section 12
179
Section 21
323
Section 22
343
Section 23
349
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

P.T. Deutermann spent twenty-six years in government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of eight previous suspense novels. He lives with his wife on their family farm in Georgia.

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