One of the reasons both publishers and fans appreciate having Whelan covers on their favorite books is that he creates an image which both calls out to buyers and accurately interprets the story. For CATSPAW by Joan D. Vinge, his portrait of the main character Cat does all that. When Cat takes a certain seductive and addicting drug, his latent psi abilities enable him to sense other people's thoughts. To heighten his powers, he becomes hooked on the drug which he administers to himself via a skin patch behind his ear. Cat is always checking to see if the patch is there, and Michael posed him that way to suggest his nervousness about coming down from the drug as well as the idea of him listening to other people's thoughts.
CAT: Street Punk, Psion, Telepath, Survivor. . . Kidnapped by an interstellar corporation and dragged to Earth, Cat is forced to use his skills to protect those he most hates, those who most hate him . . . . The taMings. A cyber-augmented, DNA-incestuous clan of such wealth and power that their family arguments change the destiny of worlds. Now one taMing is a killer's target. But which? And who would dare? Seeking answers, Cat finds lies and savagery, passion and atrocity--trails that lead from crystal valleys to clubs for silver-skinned beauties. From the homicidal enclaves of drug kings to a fanatic's pulpit. From the halls of the Assembly to a cyberspace hell. Seeking assassins, Cat discovers a mystery that could cost him his future. His sanity. His life. Because Cat is no longer a bodyguard . . . He's bait.
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