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becomes embroiled in a mess of gang warfare. political corruption and personal turmoil as the tensions be ween rival factions escalate.

Any debut novelist with the brass neck to produce such an inventive political satire out of the feline world is worth at least a look. Luckity. Smith writes With Wit and energy. creating a memorable brood of characters. and skilfully building the sense of unease between sides as the action /eroes to\.i'i./arc,ls its bloodthirsty conclusron. (Allétl‘. Radcliffe,

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In the age-oid debate of cat versus dogs. come down on the side of slobbering mutts over (IO‘JIOUS felines every time. Nick Smith's political satire is less partisan in -ts sympathies. ll‘ a hybrid of P/anef of the Cats and Gary l..arsor"s Fa." Side cartoons. Smih creates a futuristic apartheid city ruled by a minority of evolved cats. in which dogs. considered an inferior species. are (I()llfl"(}(l to slum ghettos. Protagonist Julius Kyle. a retired thriller ‘.'.'f'll(}l.


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The sun isn't shining on Professor Michael Cole. A iifetime of drug taking. student seducng and work evasion has taken its toll. ICOIOI‘HIQ on the brink of his 5()th birthday. the university

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