A Comedy of Manners
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a Robert Heinlein novel
published in 1985. It begins with the following lines
, which speak
"We need you to kill a man"
This stranger glanced nervously around us. I feel that a crowded restaurant is no place for such talk, as a high noise level only gives limited privacy.
I shook my head. "I'm not an assassin. Killing is more of a hobby with me. Have you had dinner?"
The story follows Dr. Richard Ames
, a retired military
colonel, among other things, who wears an eyepatch
, walks with a cane
, and has a whole hell
of a lot of class
As one might expect after reading a few Heinlein
novels, Ames is a very skilled, capable individual who has more up his sleeves
than he might appear to, and being from Luna
he's as tough as any of the revolutionaries
in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Heinlein wrote this book in the latter part of his career, referred to by his fans and himself as the world-as-myth
, when he used infinite alternate universe
ideas to bring character
s from his previous novel
s and new characters under one roof
. So, if you've read some Heinlein, you can expect a few cameo
s from familiar personalities
This book was published three years before Heinlein's death
, and although his latest books weren't given as much critical acclaim
or general recognition
as earlier work
s, the character
s show more depth
the later you go into his work.
Not to say that the characters in Stranger
and Time Enough for Love
were any less fleshed out. It just seems as if Heinlein becomes more and more intimate
with them himself as he goes along.