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-Passage from "Undercover Cat", also published as "That Darn Cat"-
Two bank robbers Dan and Sammy while on a bank job take Helen Jenkins, a middle-aged bank teller. The FBI are stumped and have no leads to catching the crooks. But fortunately, after so long they finally have a lead. But not the kind of lead they, or for that matter, anyone would ever expect. The Randall children, 23-year-old model Patti, 16-year-old Ingrid, and 12-year-old Mike are left alone for the summer while their parents are on vacation. Their cat, Darn Cat (or D.C. as he is called), comes home one night wearing a watch. After a close look, they realize that it is the watch which Ms. Jenkins had been wearing when she had been kidnapped! Informing the FBI, the Bureau sends in Zeke Kelso, to use the cat to lead them to the bank robbers. But nothing goes exactly the way Zeke expects it, too. Snoopy neighbors, D.C.'s mood changes, and a short tempered neighbor stand in the way but everyone knows that time is running out for them...
A totally funny yet suspenseful book, the Gordons certainly have written a book which kept my interest. Not only does the story is read through the people's eyes, we also get to go through the story through the eyes of D.C.! The Gordons imagine what cats think so well that you can almost believe that they had help from a cat to write the book! I love all of the characters, mostly of Patti, Zeke, and Ingrid. I mostly recommend this book to for teenagers and adults, not so much for kids younger than 12 or so.
This book was also afterwards again published under another title, "That Darn Cat". There's also a must read sequel, "Undercover Cat Prowls Again", which I recommend. There is also the terrific Disney movie version of "Undercover Cat" called "That Darn Cat" with an impressive cast of Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Frank Gorshin, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, and Ed Wynn. It's very different from the book, changed to make it more a family film. It's hilariously funny and in my opinion my favorite Hayley Mills movie besides "The Parent Trap".
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D.C. Randall, alias Darn Cat or FBI Agent X-14, is back as he helps the FBI in one of their toughest cases!
In "Undercover Cat Prowls Again", there's a beautiful blonde named Shirley Hutchinson who knows too much, a jewel cutter named Memo who is marked for murder, $300,000 worth of hot gems, and a stop-at-nothing syndicate. But of course, nothing goes the way the FBI would want it to. Agent Zeke Kelso who is allergic to cats has continuing problems with D.C., they can't get to their informant whose life is in danger, Zeke is having problems with his fiance Patti Randall because of Miss Hutchinson, and of course, there are the snoopy neighbors Mrs. MacDougall and Greg Balter. Will the FBI be able to crack their case?
The sequel to the Gordons book, "That Darn Cat" (also published under the title "Undercover Cat"), "Undercover Cat Prowls Again" is highly suspenseful and fast moving. Not only does the story is read through the people's eyes, we also get to go through the story through the eyes of D.C.! The Gordons imagine what cats think so well that you can almost believe that they had help from a cat to write the book! I love all of the characters, especially the whole Randall family. How could you not love Patti, Ingrid, and D.C.? This book is best read for kids 12 and older since this book is for mature readers.
I also highly recommend "That Darn Cat" ("Undercover Cat"). Also, there's a Disney movie out called "That Darn Cat" which is absolutely a must-watch! It has great stars like Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Roddy McDowell, and much more!
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