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Literature: Midnight Louie

"So, there you have it, the usual human stew—folks good, bad, and hardly indifferent—totally mixed up and at odds with one another and within themselves. Obviously, it is left to me to solve all their mysteries and nail some crooks along the way. Like Las Vegas, the City That Never Sleeps, Midnight Louie, private eye, also has a sobriquet: the Kitty That Never Sleeps. With this crew, who could?"
Midnight Louie - "Previously in Midnight Louie's Lives and Times..."

Midnight Louie is a large, slightly overweight (20 pounds) black cat "owned" by Temple Barr, a freelance public relations consultant. The stories are told alternating between the character's first-person perspectives.

The author describes the style of the books as reminiscent of Damon Runyon, while Louie himself has been described as being the type of cat that either Mike Hammer or Columbo would have. Later installments see Louie being joined in solving crimes by his daughter, Midnight Louise, as part of "Midnight Investigations, "Inc." Since Cat on a Blue Monday, all proceeding novels in the series have featured a color from the next letter in the alphabet— Cat in a Crimson Haze, Cat in a Diamond Dazzle and so on. The series is slated to conclude with "Z" and as of August 2013, there are two books to go.


    Books in this series 
  • Catnap
  • Pussyfoot
  • Cat on a Blue Monday
  • Cat in a Crimson Haze
  • Cat in a Diamond Dazzle
  • Cat with an Emerald Eye
  • Cat in a Flamingo Fedora
  • Cat in a Golden Garland
  • Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt
  • Cat in an Indigo Mood
  • Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit
  • Cat in a Kiwi Con
  • Cat in a Leopard Spot
  • Cat in a Midnight Choir
  • Cat in a Neon Nightmare
  • Cat in an Orange Twist
  • Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit
  • Cat in a Quicksilver Caper
  • Cat in a Red Hot Rage
  • Cat in a Sapphire Slipper
  • Cat in a Topaz Tango
  • Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme
  • Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta
  • Cat in a White Tie and Tails
  • Cat in an Alien X-Ray
  • Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (anthology)


Provides Examples Of:


Meg Langslow MysteriesMystery LiteratureMike Hammer
Mick Harte Was HereLiterature of the 1990sMiss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Middle Manager Of JusticeNeeds Wiki Magic LoveMighty Avengers
Meg Langslow MysteriesLong-Running Book SeriesMiss Marple

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