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The Terror and the Tortoiseshell

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John Travis's first novel, The Terror and the Tortoiseshell, is a noir-styled murder mystery with deft comedy and Science Fiction touches. It honours of the classic hard-boiled detective novels of the 1940s.

Benji Spriteman takes over the “Spriteman Detective Agency” after the world is changed overnight by 'The Terror', resulting in the animal kingdom moving from four legs
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 26th 2010 by Atomic Fez Publishing (first published 2010)
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Linda
Apr 04, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
This is undoubtedly the strangest book I have ever read! But I thoroughly enjoyed. Once I wrapped my head around a 6 foot, sentient, rare male tortoiseshell cat and a police lieutenant named Dingus, who just happens to be a bloodhound...well, then I able to enjoy the fantasy/noir tale. (BTW, Dingus spot in a Humphrey Bogart voice in my head...)
The terror refers to an unexplained event: one evening, to the horror of humans (Sappies), the animal kingdom raises up to the height of humans, walk on 2
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Riju Ganguly
Mar 29, 2013 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
A refreshingly original novel that almost belongs to the Chandler-McDonald school of mystery writing. The protagonist and most of his companions in the new (post-Terror) world are animals, who have literally grown up and are now running the show. Since most of the erstwhile pets have now taken up the profession of their human predecessors, Benji Spriteman, our hero (a tortoiseshell cat) becomes a detective. The complex web that he untangles with solid support from Lieutenant Dingus (a basset ...more
Stephen Theaker
Oct 14, 2010 Stephen Theaker rated it liked it
During the Terror, animals became human-sized and gained the power of speech – not to mention the intelligence to make that power useful. Having seen his gumshoe owner set upon by lions, Benji Spriteman (the tortoiseshell cat of the title) inherits his office, apartment and patter. There are few humans left, and Benji is dragged into the case of a serial killer preying on them, teaming up with scruffy Lieutenant Dingus, a tenacious basset hound who always has just one more question to ask...

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Guy Gonzalez
Aug 01, 2011 Guy Gonzalez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fun premise, and after a shaky opening to set the table, Travis spins an engaging, medium-boiled yarn that hits all of the right genre notes, including the villain's egotistical monologue that wraps it all up in a mostly satisfying bow. It's more about the journey than the destination, though, and Travis' post-Terror world is populated with an intriguing cast that makes it worth the trip.
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Atomic Fez Publis...: The Terror and the Tortoiseshell Giveaway 4 6 Jan 23, 2011 08:46AM  
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I'm the author of three books so far - a short story collection, Mostly Monochrome Stories - and two novels, The Terror and the Tortoiseshell and The Designated Coconut, featuring a feline private eye in a world where animals have mutated and taken over the human species.

I've also had many uncollected stories published in various magazines, books and journals in the U.K, U.S and Canada, such as Br
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