The Ninth Life
by Clea Simon

Three figures, shadowy against the light. That’s all I remember from my past life, as I am dragged, dripping and half-drowned, from the flood. My saviour, a strange, pink-haired girl, is little help. She can barely care for herself, let alone the boy she loves. And although she has sworn to avenge the murder of her mentor, she must first escape the clutches of drug dealers, murderers and thieves. I would repay her kindness if I could. But we are alone in this blighted city – and I am a cat.

The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon’s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and cozy whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.

Reviews

A delight for anyone who relishes cat mysteries

Library Journal

“Noir fans who are fond of felines will find a lot to like”

Publishers Weekly

“Overall the world woven by the words of this sensible cat create such an immersive sense of tragic melancholy, intrigue and constant fear that I'm far too involved in the story to analyse the style and content. I can only see this 'world of casual violence and retribution' that these children are forced to inhabit. My reviewing abilities are fully compromised by becoming so thoroughly engrossed in a wonderful reading experience”

Breakaway Reviewers

“Forget everything you think you know about 'cat mysteries.' THE NINTH LIFE is a dark and gritty story of life on the streets, told from the unique point of view of a narrator who sees things humans can't. Clea Simon has given us a window into a world of constant and surprising dangers, frustrations and almost unbearable tension, and it's one I won't soon forget.”

“A tour de force of point of view--the talented Clea Simon flawlessly portrays a main character the likes of which we'e never encountered! With skill and style and profound understanding, she entertains readers with an exciting, compelling, and utterly unique adventure”

Clea Simon

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Editions

The Ninth Life by Clea Simon is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788571530th November 2015150 X 224mm224£20.99
Hardback978072788571530th November 2015150 X 224mm224£20.99
Hardback978072788571530th November 2015150 X 224mm224£20.99
Ebook97817801073701st March 2016N/A240$10.99
Ebook97817801073701st March 2016N/A240£8.99
Paperback978184751679430th September 2016139 X 217mm240£12.99
Paperback978184751679430th September 2016139 X 217mm240£12.99
Paperback978184751679430th September 2016139 X 217mm240£12.99
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