The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape

Lee Fontana, #2

This compelling combination of mystery and mysticism distills the struggle between good and evil into a personification of very different characters. It is interesting to see the different perspectives of the judicial system although dismaying to see how pervasive the power of evil can be. I enjoyed watching the cat take an active role as he becomes even more invested in the lives of two very different people and it amused me to read about him acting both very cat-like and as an agent for good. There is still a much darker overall tone to this series than there is in the Joe Grey books, although they have a mystical aura as well. I was dismayed at the machinations that seem destined to torment a good family and a little frustrated that the mom wavers between helplessness and active defense, but I realize that her actions were in keeping with being overwhelmed by everything. I did enjoy this tale much more than the first in the series, but it is still a rather somber and chilling read, albeit well-told. This book should not be read as a stand alone, as it continues directly after events from the first book, and I would recommend it to those who would like a thought-provoking read about criminals, justice, and the struggle between good and evil, with a feline twist.

“The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape” by Shirley Rousseau Murphy and Pat J.J. Murphy is the sequel to “The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana” and details the saga of the lives that are tied together by their relationship to Russell Dobbs and a mysterious cat sometimes known as Misto. Lee Fontana is imprisoned for some of his crimes but his ties to the falsely imprisoned Morgan Blake lead him to evaluate his purpose in life and make critical decisions that will have rippling effects. Morgan’s nine-year-old daughter, Sammie, is a pawn in a darkly evil struggle to collect on an ancient debt, but she and her stalwart champion are determined to overcome the horrific setbacks that have shaken the foundations of her family, if they can mobilize all of the resources available before despair can undermine all of their efforts permanently.

Book Blurb for The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape

A ghost cat, the Devil, a deceitful criminal, a father framed for murder, and a vulnerable young girl combine in this magical tale from the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of the Joe Grey feline mysteries, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, and her husband Pat J.J. Murphy.

The Devil has been up to no good . . .

Brad Falon, one of Satan’s longtime puppets, orchestrated a deadly robbery and set up his old friend Morgan Blake to take the fall. Now, Morgan has been sentenced to life in prison, and his wife Becky and young daughter Sammie are devastated. Alone and afraid, in need of comfort and a friend, Sammie turns to Misto, the ghost cat.

Behind bars, her father Morgan makes fast friends with an old con named Lee Fontana who knows a few tricks about outwitting evil. They plan a wily escape to bring the real killer to justice and clear Morgan’s name for good. All it will take is outsmarting the Devil one more time. . . .

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2015 4.00