Reviews of Red Cat

Red Cat

“If Peter Spiegelman’s story of sibling entanglements and an internet hook-up gone bad didn’t yank me right in—which it did—and if his characters weren’t vivid and his dialogue pitch-perfect—which they are—I’d still read him for his chisel-sharp prose. In Red Cat Spiegelman reaches a new peak. Don’t miss it.”

S.J. Rozan, author of In This Rain

Red Cat is the best mystery I’ve read in a long time. Taut, gritty, and beautifully written, the story moves along at a relentless clip. But Spiegelman’s greatest talent—and what sets him far above his contemporaries—can be found in his evocation of character. John March is one of the great fictional PI’s of the past decade. Conflicted, sympathetic, and brilliantly brought to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is my pleasure to heartily recommend it.”

Christopher Reich, author of The Patriots Club

“Peter Spiegelman is one of the finest PI writers around, and Red Cat is his edgiest and most accomplished work yet. The plot unfolds at breakneck speed, the twists are startling, the climax wrenching, and the writing is flat-out beautiful. But beyond these considerable pleasures, Spiegelman has crafted a nuanced and satisfying novel about siblings, marriages, and self-created prisons. It’s a story that stays with you, and if you haven’t discovered Spiegelman and PI John March yet, you’re missing something great.”

Joseph Finder, author of Killer Instinct

“Red Cat is totally seductive—smart, sharp, with an undercurrent of tension that runs like a subterranean stream beneath the city.”

Don Winslow, author of The Winter of Frankie Machine

“In Red Cat, Spiegelman has created the ultimate femme fatale. Wren is one of the most alluring, lethal, fascinating women to come along in over a decade. The novel is also a heart-wrenching study of family dysfunction with all its twisted love, buried simmering resentment and misplaced loyalty. This novel literally seethes. The third outing of John March moves Spiegelman into the top bracket of mystery’s elite, the rare number who are indeed a must read.”

Ken Bruen, author of The Killing of the Tinkers

“…call[s] to mind the work of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Gritty atmosphere and clever plotting enhance a fine addition to the noir tradition.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[Spiegelman] continues to be one of today’s best practitioners of neo-noir.”

Publishers Weekly

“…Spiegelman stakes a strong claim to Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder turf.”


“…believably complex and full of shocking twists. Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“Sexy and sophisticated. . . . One of the most interesting crime novels you’re likely to encounter this year.”

The Washington Post

“Lustrous. . . . Elegant. . . . The fashionable aesthetics of ‘noir porn’ are presented here in high style.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Chillingly dark. . . . Peter Spiegelman [is] among the best of today’s writers of noir.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Spiegelman doesn’t waste a page in this viciously intelligent thriller.”

New York Daily News