“She started a hoarse scream, turned it into a whimper as the fingers twisted and dug into her arm. There was no one to hear, anyway. From over by the fireplace came the sprightly chirp of a cricket. No other sound, except their panting, hers and his.
“No. Please. No,” she whispered.
“Why did you have to come?” he asked again. “I can’t stand it. Don’t you see? I have to.” The fingers moved up to her two arms, encircled, almost tenderly, her long, pulsing throat…”
Title: Death Of A Stray Cat
Author: Jean Potts
Imprint & Number: Berkley G492
Cover price: 35¢
Publication date: 1961
Cover artist: photo