ISBN# (13) 978-0-7783-2352-5/(10) 07783-2352-8
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Rating: 5 Cups
Catherine Dupree is a bounty hunter of the first order and has had a very tough life so far. Almost killed and left for dead, and then orphaned by the man who murdered her father, Cat has no one to call family except her best friend Marsha. She is determined to find her father’s murderer and make him pay, which is the reason she became a bounty hunter in the first place.
Wilson McKay is also a bounty hunter, and he has heard stories about the legendary Cat Dupree. When he meets her for the first time, it is while she is carrying an unconscious bail jumper down a flight of stairs from a burning building. Not the best way to meet somebody for the first time, but he will take it. Despite her standoffishness, Wilson is smitten, and it is not long before he is looking for any excuse to see her.
When Cat’s best friend Marsha goes missing after discovering she is pregnant by her married boss, Cat is terrified that he has killed Marsha. When she goes to the police with her suspicions, she is not taken seriously. After getting the run around from the police, she enlists Wilson’s help to keep track of Marsha’s married lover, because he is good at ferreting out information. As the two work together, they become closer, but Cat is afraid they are not going to find Marsha in time to make a difference, and of her growing feelings for Wilson. She has loved and lost before, and is still on the trail of her father’s killer as well. Will she be able reconcile her feelings for Wilson and find the two killers she is seeking, or will she fail on all counts and lose everything dear to her?
Nine Lives starts off with a bang and keeps right on chugging through until the very end! It is a thrill to read from the first page to the last; there is always something happening. The main characters, particularly Cat, are very well defined and realistic, making it easy to put yourself in their shoes. Ms. Sala is a master at asking and answering the question ‘Who did it?’ She leads you on a merry trail, slapping down clues one by one, only to veer off in another direction and leave you wondering where she is going to take you next. I knew virtually nothing about bounty hunting prior to reading this book, yet it is so well researched I was able to get a good grasp of what life is like for a bounty hunter, and perhaps even what motivates someone to be one. Nine Lives was a joy to read, and I look forward to reading many more excellent books by this author.
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