In a Cat's Eye by Kevin Bergeron

When a young woman is found dead in a locked room, three friends search for a missing figurine--and find a killer.

The police said Nancy OD’d and she was a tramp. But she wasn’t; she was my friend. I didn’t see her Virgin Mary statue in her room, and I said some guy killed her and took it. Mr. Winkley was in the hallway meowing. The Colonel knew all about crimes. He said, Okay Willy we’ll conduct an investigation... There were lots of suspects in that hotel.

When a young woman in her locked room is found dead with junk in her veins, three friends follow a twisted trail of clues through the Morpheum – a seedy, crumbling hotel, home to the lost, the forgotten, the dreamers, and a killer.

The cover design is by Adam Islaam.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Incomplete; Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Aug. 24, 2012
  • Last updated Oct. 30, 2014
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  • Jane Mauret's avatar
    Jane Mauret wrote 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hello, Kevin
    Just to say many congrats at having your book published. I loved it from the moment I started reading it so it is great that HC happened upon it also.!
    Best Wishes.
    Jane Mauret

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  • Isabel Lopez's avatar
    Isabel Lopez wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    IN A CAT'S EYE ~ KEVIN BERGERON Daniel Keyes' classic novel, "Flowers for Algernon," opens with an epigraph from Plato’s "Republic," which reads, in part, “Anyone who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye…and he who remembers this when he sees anyone whose vision is perplexed and ...
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  • JosephIsaacs's avatar
    JosephIsaacs wrote 4 months ago
    Congratulations on the publication! I can see why they chose you. I’m guessing this book is in an early stage of drafting because I noticed some typical early draft things. The premise looks solid. If some of my edits help, than awesome, if not feel free to ignore, I’m just a dedicated amateur, no publications under my belt. The day before I found her dead started like any other day. (nice hook) I’d been at The Morpheum for about a ...
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    blueboy wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    The day before I found her started like any other. I’d been at the Morpheum for nearly a year. It was a nice place and I had a lot of friends. (OK, to be honest, from the description, I did not think I would enjoy this. I write in a literary style as well, but your subject matter is not really my cup of tea. However, I did immediately appreciate and enjoyed your story telling ability very much. You seem ...
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    blueboy wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    A peom by one of my favorite poet, the late William Griffin, seems in order... Cat, I love and hate you; You make of me a couch, not a companion and I hurt for it. I suffer at length for your leisure And you mock my devotion with an unencumbered yawn. Your affection, as remote as a distant bowl of food, As brief as eye contact can be, Pleases me, I suppose, because it is so fleeting. Our bond seems ...
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  • Alexander French's avatar
    Alexander French wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    Hi Kevin I enjoyed your fourth chapter, but I am a ferocious nitpicker. You should put a hyphen in "ten-inch pipe wrench" I once did a writing course with Peter Carey. He was a real "blue pencil man" which meant cutting out any words or phrases that were not necessary. The cat has his dish "on the floor." Leave that phrase out. Where else would a cat dish be? Nancy has to give "two weeks' notice" (with an apostrophe). The ...
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    Alexander French wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    Excellent third chapter. I loved the "who" "whom" bit.

    I was not sure, however, when your narrator appeared to overhear what one character whispered to another. I suppose it must have been one of those proverbial stage whispers.

    More comment to follow.

    Alexander (Sandy) French

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    Alexander French wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    Chapter two came up with no problem,

    I found it rather hard to believe that your narrator was pushed into the river,

    Still I enjoyed meeting Mr. Winkles, I may be wrong but I'm guessing that the one-eyed Mr. Winkley is the source of your novel's title.

    More comments to follow.

    Alexander French

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    Alexander French wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    I have looked at your first chapter which I enjoyed. There are little mistakes such as "and she only twenty-one." They are no problem.

    I am worried, however, about the fact that the entire chapter consists of a dialogue between Elsie and Willy.

    Perhaps you could have Willy take a look around a say what he sees or pause to give a short description of Elsie.

    Just a thought. You don't have to take my advice.

    Alexander French

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  • carol jefferies's avatar
    carol jefferies wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    Hi Kevin, In A Cat's Eye This is a return read and you did ask me for advice. This is only one person's opinion. The opening draws the reader in and the characters are wonderful, but I think your work could benefit from a tightening up so it flows better. Some of the sentences are too long. There are repeats of the words 'figures,' 'but' and 'she.' Can I suggest instead of writing, 'You always had to go by Elsie ...
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  • Elliott Baker's avatar
    Elliott Baker wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    In a Cat's Eye is as clear an example of voice as I have yet encountered. There is a lilting poetry of this prose that is almost hypnotic in its effect. The opening marvelously contrasts the dramatic with the mundane. The road begins in one direction with a death only to change radically in the next two sentences. The second sentence, a neutral exposition of location, transitions to the totally mundane statement about good friends. With three sentences I'm startled ...
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  • Elizabeth Kathleen's avatar
    Elizabeth Kathleen wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    An interesting story is building here. You've done a nice job of developing the characters for the reader. One can see the hotel manager as she sits in her chair keeping tabs on the goings on. The girl who's trying to make a better life and the young man with a chip on his shoulder who is just trying to find his footing. I really enjoy your style. God bless you!!! Elizabeth Kathleen "The Sticks and Stones of Hannah Jones" ...
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    Lara wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    Good premise and straight into the M C s everyday life, with clear hint that he's not going to be a hero. The sentence about dying by her own hand needs tweaking, it's slightly confusing as it stands. In 2 you have our man pushed into the river but there's no mention of his getting wet or struggling out, nor is he dripping when he reports it. The plot continues to develop nicely with more characters appearing, each with their ...
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  • Billie Storm's avatar
    Billie Storm wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    A Cat's Eye is so fluid, and so simply written that I suspect immense care has been taken to create this sinuous and effortless prose. Willy's voice drifts by and sweeps me along on his view of life: the matter-of-fact way he survives, the loss of interest in when the old woman is not going to give him any soup, smacking someone he thinks will jump him, brutal in parts, humorous in others. There is a naivety about the character, ...
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  • David 2012's avatar
    David 2012 wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Hi Kevin,

    In A Cat's Eye puts me in mind of a slow moving stream where one can idly wile the hours away just enjoying the day. The microcosm offered by The Morpheum presents us with characters that seem authentic and a narrative that is well paired to them. It makes for a good read.

    David
    Toccata and Fugue

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    Gesher [Retired] wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    The first thing I have read on authonomy that has an original voice and has also kept me reading past the first two chapters. What a lovely surprise! The easy, unforced narrative reminds me a little of Steinbeck's Cannery Row/Tortilla Flat and that's about the greatest compliment I could ever give. High stars and am TOTALLY backing this . Well done,

    Gesher (The Volunteer)

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  • Wussyboy's avatar
    Wussyboy wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    What an original (and blackly humorous) book you have here, Kevin, very nicely done! I only set out to read one or two chapters, but ended up reading five, the quirky characters and even more quirky dialogue really engaged me. I LOVE Mr. Winkley (I had a one-eyed cat book up myself last year) and Willy is a magnificent creation, the kind of simple yet wryly funny (and keenly observant), ominiscient narrator that one could listen to for hours, were ...
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  • Tornbridge's avatar
    Tornbridge wrote 1 year, 9 months ago
    In a Cat’s Eye by Kevin Bergeron It’s always nice to stumble on a gem and I have to say this is rather good fun. It plays out like, well, a stage play with a lovely balance of story development and wit. It cracks along pretty quickly and the dialog and characterisations are well drawn. By chapter five, I was really quite engrossed. I knew from the pitch what was going to happen and thought the build up was very ...
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    Lauren Grey [Retired] wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Kevin, your book came recommended to me by Cherry on my, I’m Looking...thread This was a first-rate read. I found your writing, narrative and dialogue, to flow in a most realistic manner and the unhurried pacing was perfect, further enhancing the subtle dry humour throughout. The character of Willy did confuse me initially as I thought he was much older in the opening. However, by the time I got to chapter seven I was totally engaged with his very distinctive ...
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  • Janet/Helen's avatar
    Janet/Helen wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    In a Cat's Eye. Chapters 6 to 11. Thoroughly enjoyed chapters 6 to 11 and really got drawn into the mystery of Nancy's death over the last four chapters. It is the case that you express things a little oddly at times - but I believe this is part of the humour that comes off the pages so well. No errors that I could see. Let me know if you download more. In any event, will back in the future ...
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