A ridiculously short summary of CLAWS:
When twenty-three lions, tigers, and ligers – a giant, hybrid cat – escape in rural Idaho, town officials decide to hold the first safari in America. Only police chief Jackson Hobbs, a man haunted by memories of a tragedy, and Katy Osborne, the sole white female hunting guide in Africa, seem to realize the danger of this decision. With the town desperate for money, the mayor, who also is Jackson’s ex-wife, and her current boyfriend, a banker, are adamant that the Idaho Lion Hunt go forward even after people are killed. As the deaths mount and his own family is put at risk, Jackson must cope with a town doubled in population, deal with the dangerous cats, uncover the mystery of who engineered their escape, and investigate the activity of a local, anti-government militia. A willful teenage daughter, an animal rescue group, a missing little boy, a dead State Trooper, and Katy’s desire to save a rare liger named Kali all add to the complications. Betrayal blossoms alongside romance as the story drives to the final showdown. Read the Opening >
Some quotes from Claws:
“Ligers,” Pamela told him [Jackson]. “That’s what Ted and Dolly are trying to raise. Devil cats. God didn’t make them and man shouldn’t.”
“In truth, lions see people as only one thing – food. The question isn’t why they kill us, it’s why they don’t kill more of us.” Katy Osborne
“Nobody walks through life without leaving a footprint,” Jackson said. “Not even if we want to.”
There is not a single known occurrence of lions and tigers in the wild mating. They are enemies.