NC Literary Hall of Fame



Kill All Cats by Rick Bylina

$13.99, paperback
ASIN: 1533581916
June, 2016
Fiction: Mystery / Anti-Cozy
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"Brilliant! Rick Bylina has written a masterful tale of mystery, suspense, paranoia, and wit. In Kill All Cats, when the bodies of Nedra Kratz and her thirty-eight felines are discovered, everyone in the cul-de-sac neighborhood of Apex, North Carolina, is suspect, especially the protagonist, Ron Black. But, Ron has an alibi…or does he? The suspense begins on page one and doesn’t let up through thunderstorms, bowling alleys, haunted research labs, and Ron Black’s locked house. Brisbane, Ron’s pet cockatiel, seems better at solving the mystery than the detectives. A real page turner and a shining FIVE Stars!"
—Shelia Bolt Rudesill, Pittsboro, NC, author of Child of my Heart

"No one does 'whodunnit' like Rick Bylina.This book is a masterful mix of suspense and human drama that will keep you reading late into the night. The characters are vibrant, the animal welfare theme poignant, and the story goes beyond entertainment to a depth one rarely finds in this genre. It’s a jewel which I'm proud—and honored—to have had the opportunity to read it as an ARC, and which deserves a wide and diverse audience."
—Guilie Castillo-Oriard, Curacao, author of The Miracle of Small Things

"Provocative title—wicked cover—what is this author's agenda? Surely he jests! He jests. It's one of the things I like best about Rick Bylina's prose. I picture him in real life saying shocking things with a straight face, just to see how people will react. There are extended scenes with friends in a bowling alley. I have no interest in bowling. The characters kept me turning pages anyway. Just don't remind me of Phil. Or the dead cats. (In real life, no cats were harmed in the writing of this story. All right. All right.) Still, if I think about it too long, I'll be yanking stars back, saying How DARE you, Rick, how DARE you! (less)"
—Carol Kean, Top Vine Amazon Reviewer

Ron Black is a thirty-five-year-old night security guard living a moribund existence. Past deeds need to stay buried for him to remain a free man. When the elderly cat lady next-door dies along with her thirty-eight cats, Ron feels the investigative heat from Detectives Moore and Porter. His alibi: “I was at work.” The police disrupt Ron’s life, which he shares with Brisbane, his cockatiel. He squawks surprisingly relevant quotes learned from watching crime show reruns 24/7—some of which don’t help Ron’s situation. Ron picks up clues about what happened next-door from conflicting comments by his odd neighbors: “She was popped.” “Poisoned.” “Chopped up.” The neighbors include Ron’s estranged great-uncle Kirk, a disgruntled scientist, who had worked at the pharmaceutical company where Ron is the night guard. When Ron’s only friend, Jean, disappears, the police double-down on him as a suspect for this crime, too. The next day, the police infer his arrest in twenty-four hours for the crime at his neighbor’s house. Despite the pressure to save himself, he is compelled to find his friend. Sprinkle a bit of an Agatha Christie closed-room mystery with the situational humor of Evanovich for a high-level concept as Ron tries to “…control what he can control.” And just when you think it’s all over, another layer of horror reveals itself, and Ron didn’t even see it coming.

Rick Bylina lives with his wife and Sydney, a twenty-five-year-old cockatiel, near Apex, NC, on five wooded acres where his imagination runs free. Ongoing corporate downsizing convinced him to tap into his passion. He scribbled any crazy idea that crossed his mind. After gaining discipline, he wrote his debut mystery novel, One Promise Too Many, the first in a series, featuring Detective Roger Stark. Next was highly acclaimed, A Matter of Faith. All of Our Secrets was his third mystery novel. A flash fiction collection, Bathroom Reading—Short Stories for Short Visits came next. His former #1 bestselling poetry book, Poems for a Platypus is available at most book sellers. Writing happens spontaneously between housework, gardening, cooking, chopping wood, and wrestling alligators. His writing motto is—The only rule: writers write! Everything else is a guideline. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He can be found at

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