When the hero's name is Cam Richter, you can bet he's a divorced cop who lives with a couple German shepherds (who frequently save his behind). When two thugs released on a legal technicality are electrocuted by a hooded figure (and their death broadcast via the Internet), Richter investigates the vigilante Cat Dancers, who track mountain lions in the North Carolina wilderness. P.T. Deutermann vividly conveys the fear of being alone in the dark woods while something deadly hunts you. But he concocts a series of unbelievable conspiracies that conclude the book not with a roar, but with a measly meow.