By Gene Lyons
July 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Alley Kat Blues

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The trend in detective novels these days may be pert and saucy, but a sleuth named Kat Colorado? Who’d want to hire a private eye with a name fit for a stripper? On evidence of Karen Kijewski’s sixth novel, Alley Kat Blues, about the Sacramento investigator, only a client who could be sure that every suspect would turn out to be an arrogant male chauvinist or a scheming mantrap badly needing confrontation. This time out, Kat just happens to find a beautiful young hit-and-run victim on the freeway whose mother then secretly hires her to investigate the crime. Secretly, because her tyrannical Mormon husband had expelled his daughter from the family for questioning his will and doesn’t care who killed her. ”Young woman,” he tells Kat, ”you are but a wrongheaded tool of Satan sent to do his evil work and thwart the work of the Lord.” Actually, she’s merely the tiresomely spunky heroine of a predictable, cliché-ridden tale in which attitude substitutes for character and a loosely connected string of coincidences stands in for a plot. C-

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