Book Reveals a Master of Realistic Intrigue, Horror and Mystery

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Frederic Donner’s ‘White Cats Can Jump!: (But Black Cats Are Scarier on Halloween) gets new marketing campaign

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From Frederic Donner comes a work brilliantly designed to instill new, unmitigated fear among the wide readership of intrigue, horror and mystery. In publishing, the combination of these three is rare, and Donner does the combining with scalpel-like skill. Working from the left field of the “fear-mongering” business, he comes up with all manner of rare pitches in “White Cats Can Jump!: (But Black Cats Are Scarier on Halloween) Short Stories of Intrigue, Horror, Humor, and Mystery” (published by Xlibris in June 2013). As the duality of the title suggests, Donner explores, dramatizes and spreads his unique kind of psychospiritual dread on the two sides of the moon–relating his 14 thrilling and suspenseful stories from either the doers of horror and those who fight or are victimized by it. Realism strikes a remarkable new chord with Donner’s knowledge of forensics, abnormal psychology, crime and various police and military procedures that he uses skillfully to twist the literary knife in fans’ pleasure zones. A realism cuts through the genre lines as Donner’s narrative base ranges from mystery to sci-fi.

Donner has this to say about his genre: “The writing of fiction and, in particular, horror and suspense, is truly art.” He allows that not all readers have the time or “intestinal fortitude” for mega-epics that run to a thousand pages. Thus, he has instead created short fiction that intrigues, scares or thrills by brief but effective forays into the dark side. From an unrepentant Jack the Ripper type who fastidiously records his killing methods, weapons and observations from a career in slashing people in “Once Upon A Diary,” a horrific joyride into the psyche of killers and religious allegory; to a pair of pets (cat and dog) who are instrumental in bringing their master’s killer to justice; to a psychotic woman who kills her male obsession while declaring, “My love is brighter than the golden orange of the California sun.” His tales also have bathos–a mock, humorous heroism that gives readers the right kind of moral shield to take on the dark side. His focus and handling of every day details make a brilliant backdrop for his fiction’s taut, believable pacing. These are keys to Donner’s métier.

The surprises in these stories are raw, almost visual–visceral elements of the genre in combination–Donner knows his readers’ pleasure zones; and his writing is insightful, working like the most advanced night vision goggles that illuminate the heart of darkness. Plus, there is a “hidden” theme that will capture the hearts of all mystery fans–a thin gold twine linking the autonomous stories. The rarely visited genre of intrigue, horror and mystery gladly welcomes the revelation of a true multi-genre master in White Cats Can Jump!” For more details about the book, please visit

“White Cats Can Jump!: (But Black Cats Are Scarier on Halloween) Short Stories of Intrigue, Horror, Humor, and Mystery”
By Frederic Donner
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781479783854
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781479783847
E-Book | 192 pages | ISBN 9781479783861
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Frederic Donner is a 20-year veteran Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has primarily worked in anti-narcotic and counter terrorism efforts in undercover capacities in many cities around the United States and the world. Special Agent Donner has been responsible for a number of major investigations and is a Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) team leader.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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