“At the L.A. zoo a 700 pound Siberian tiger is restless. Rajah, the largest Siberian ever to be kept in captivity, has been exhibiting unusually aggressive behavior that has led veterinarian Meg Brewster to set a special night watch for a clue to the animal's rages.
The night keeper, frustrated by the great cat's refusal to show himself for her observation, unwisely climbs into his enclosure, up along a wall she is quite certain he cannot scale. Hunting her, Rajah scales the 20-foot wall and drags his keeper down into his cave. Meg quarantines the cat, sends blood samples to her mentor, deals with the L.A. cops and fends off the press.
The zoo's in trouble though, heavy financial trouble. So, over Meg's irate objections, the chief curator and director of the zoo, in order to capitalize on the publicity, put Rajah back on view.
Predictably, an excited crowd pushes loose a security rail and tumbles into the furious tiger's enclosure, from which he claws a bloody path to freedom in the 4000 acres of Griffith Park, sparking terror throughout the city and drawing animal control, cops, and federal agents ordered to shoot to kill.
Meg's fears for Rajah turn to suspicion when her bosses try to pin the cat's escape on her, the feds yank her files and samples and her mentor is killed after leaving a frantic phone message. Further events link the zoo and a top-secret scientific experiment, and it all culminates in a blood-spattered mountainside chase.
Claw was a really quick read. It's a fantastic, gory horror/adventure story that asks important questions about animal intelligence, aggression, and revenge. I can't say I'd recommend it to just anyone, because there is a lot of blood - from the beginning of the book to its end. And I can't say that it was a great literary find or anything. It's really just a good book to curl up with at night, and scare yourself with.”
Susan wrote this review Friday, October 3, 2008.