Hard Road

Hard Road

by Barbara D'Amato

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From Hard Road

"Jeremy, do you remember in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, Dorothy had gone to California, and there was a big earthquake and Dorothy, and Jim the cab-horse, and the boy Jeb, all fell down a hole in the earth? And they had lots of adventures? And then finally they came to Oz."

"Of course I remember!"

"Well, this is a lot like that."

"Some of their adventures were scary, Aunt Cat. The Mangaboos, the vegetable people, were going to plant them. And they were chased by invisible bears."

That's a lot like this.

"We're going to have to be brave for a while. And resourceful, Jeremy, because I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

Praise for Barbara D'Amato's Cat Marsala Novels

"Cat is as likable as she is clever."

"Barbara D'Amato's books about Chicago's own Cat Marsala are full of all sorts of pleasures."

"Hard-hitting, gritty, witty, and wise... a riveting read."

"Faultless. Top-notch!"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156795604
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 07/11/2016
Series: A Cat Marsala Mystery , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 647 KB

About the Author

Barbara D'Amato was the 1999-2000 president of Mystery Writers of America. D'Amato is also a past president of Sisters in Crime International. She writes a mystery series starring Chicago freelance investigative reporter Cat Marsala, a series starring Chicago patrol cops Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis, and standalone novels.

D'Amato is a playwright, novelist, and crime researcher. Her research on the Dr. John Branion murder case formed the basis for a segment on Unsolved Mysteries, and she appeared on the program. Her musical comedy The Magic Man and the children's musical The Magic of Young Houdini, written with husband Anthony D'Amato, played in Chicago and London. Their Prohibition-era musical comedy RSVP Broadway, which played in Chicago in 1980, was named an "event of particular interest" by Chicago magazine.

A native of Michigan, she has been a resident of Chicago for many years. D'Amato has been a columnist for the Sisters in Crime newsletter and Mystery Scene magazine. She has worked as an assistant surgical orderly, carpenter for stage magic illusions, assistant tiger handler, stage manager, researcher for attorneys in criminal cases, and she occasionally teaches mystery writing to Chicago police officers.


The first annual Mary Higgins Clark Award, 2001, for Authorized Personnel Only

The 1998 Carl Sandburg Award for Excellence in Fiction and the 1999 Readers Choice Award for Best Police Procedural for Good Cop, Bad Cop

The 1992 Anthony Award for Best True Crime and the 1993 Agatha Award for Nonfiction for The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery

The 1999 Readers Choice Award for the story "Hard Feelings"

The 1999 Agatha, Macavity and Anthony Awards for Best Short Story for "Of Course You Know that Chocolate Is a Vegetable."

Praise for Barbara D'Amato

"Marvelously grisly... A vivid supporting cast, sprightly yet controlled wit and some fine cooking advice...another delightful mystery from the ever-reliable author."
—Publishers Weekly (Hard Evidence)

"A witty, snappy narrator."
—Washington Post (Hard Evidence)

“A clever solution to wrap up the driest and wittiest food mystery of the season."
—Kirkus Reviews (Hard Evidence)

“[The] wittiest food mystery of the season.”
—Kirkus Reviews (Hard Evidence)

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