Cat's Crossing


283 pages
ISBN 0-679-31169-6
DDC C813'.6




Reviewed by Geoffrey Harder

Geoffrey Harder is a public services librarian and manager, Knowledge Common, in the Science and Technology Library of the University of Alberta.


Cat’s Crossing scrapes through the vulgarity and sensationalism of
modern media, taking jabs at the soft and often sullied underbelly of
contemporary urban life. Bill Cameron presents a fresh tale of a feline
gone astray and the adjacent stories of loosely connected characters
that come to be part of the quest to locate the ailing cat named Jones.
Cameron, a veteran media man himself, successfully weaves together a
story involving numerous characters and a twisted plot line leading to
what can only be described as an entertaining and imaginative first
novel. The runaway cat serves as the catalyst for a glimpse into the
lives of its owner (the discontented wife of a sausage factory baron)
and a handful of other colourful characters who help to keep the story
alive and the reader on their toes.

This entertaining satire not only entertains the reader with its
briskly criss-crossing plot lines, it also lays bare the nature of human
greed, the sometimes misguided influence of the media on the masses, and
the concrete blandness of urban existence—a veritable vacuum of
culture and spirit that creates the breeding ground for such bizarre and
intriguing headlines. Cat’s Crossing is a page-turner, not in terms of
suspense, but simply as an intriguing tale of humanity and a missing


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