The rapid-fire, first-person narration of Kat's Eye reveals a fully human central character, Katherine "Kat" Carson: she is flinty but vulnerable, smart but fallible, confident but self-conscious, young but able to teach her elders a thing or two. The ensemble of secondary characters highlights her many facets: a wise, witty, well read, and supportive mentor who is also a junk food gourmand; a polished, competent, well-connected, but dismissive colleague; a down-to-earth admirer whom the tightly-wound Kat finds too callow; a physically absent, emotionally distant and damaged parent; and, of course, a cunning villain. Solving the crime involves a group effort at ratiocination in the best private-eye tradition, with Kat often providing the rogue element that moves the case along. And the writing is just plain fun. At one point, Kat remarks, "Until I met Doug, I thought normal was just a setting on the dryer." Given that she grew up for the most part without such amenities as a dryer, thanks to hapless parenting that she deeply resents, and given her guarded view of most fellow humans, this simple observation captures everything that intrigues about Kat Carson. I agree with the other reviewer who hope for more of Kat Carson's adventures!