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The Man Who Understood Cats

(1993)
(The first book in the Jack Caleb and John Thinnes Mysteries series)
A novel by

 
 
The award-winning first novel pairing gay psychiatrist Jack Caleb with burned-out Chicago cop John Thinnes is a "cunning, adroit debut" (Publishers Weekly).

When a CPA with OCD is found shot dead in his locked apartment with a .38 in his hand, only two people don't believe he killed himself. One is streetwise and world-weary Chicago homicide detective John Thinnes. The other is the victim's therapist, Dr. Jack Caleb, whose sudden appearance at the crime scene immediately arouses the cop's suspicions.

The two men couldn't be more different. Caleb is wealthy, well-educated, and gay, witty enough to name his housecats Sigmund Freud and B. F. Skinner. Between job burnout and marital trouble, Thinnes lost his sense of humor a long time ago. He's not sure if the good doctor is an ally or his prime suspect. But as they begin to work together, the unlikely partners discover they do share common ground, most notably as Vietnam vets, and that they might be able to help each other as well as solve a baffling murder . . .

"Winner of [St. Martin's] Best First Malice Domestic Novel Award . . . this assured and unusual debut boasts expressive language and sinewy notions of suspense." - Publishers Weekly

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Michael Allen Dymmoch's The Man Who Understood Cats

Hardback Editions

March 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Man Who Understood Cats (John Thinnes/Jack Caleb Mysteries)
Author(s): Michael Allen Dymmoch
ISBN: 0-312-09332-2 / 978-0-312-09332-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Understood Cats: A Caleb & Thinnes Mystery (Caleb & Thinnes Mysteries (1))
Author(s): Michael Allen Dymmoch
ISBN: 1-62681-935-1 / 978-1-62681-935-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diversion Books
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March 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Understood Cats
Author(s): Michael Allen Dymmoch
ISBN: 0-312-29191-4 / 978-0-312-29191-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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February 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Understood Cats (John Thinnes/Jack Caleb Mysteries)
Author(s): Michael Allen Dymmoch
ISBN: 0-380-72265-8 / 978-0-380-72265-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Man Who Understood Cats (The Caleb and Thinnes Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Michael Allen Dymmoch
Publisher: Diversion Books
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