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Black Dog
Laird, Thomas.
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First Carroll and Graff edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graff, [2004]

Physical Description:
243 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
First published in the UK by Constable, 2004.
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Black Dog lives in the deep pit of the human soul, where desolation and depression also hang out. In this third Jimmy Parisi novel the Chicago detective is fighting against fatigue and homicide burnout. His latest case involves a killer--Black Dog--who is draining the blood from young women before leaving them to die. There are signs that a crude needle is being used in the process, and it looks like the work of someone who knows the art of mortuary science. Jimmy and his partner suspect that the blood is connected to satanic ritual and that vampire cults that celebrate the black arts are alive and well in sophisticated twenty-first-century Chicago. At the same time the homicide investigator is called to work on the murder of an inner-city senior citizen. The killing is listed as "low profile," but that is soon to change. And then Black Dog gets personal with Jimmy --something very bad happens in his home life and the Chicago cop feels like a candle lit at both ends. Two killers to catch and a family tragedy to get through. It's one hell of a ride, and in the end will Jimmy still be standing?

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Chicago homicide detective Jimmy Parisi must contend with his own depression as well as a serial killer nicknamed the Count (so called for his habit of draining his female victims' blood) in British author Laird's third mystery thriller (after 2001's Cutter and 2003's Season of the Assassins). The "low-profile" murder of an elderly inner-city resident adds complications. Laird knows how to jack up the suspense, but seasoned crime fans may sense that the author is writing less from the heart or the gut than from a steady diet of other American noir mysteries. Parisi's family life has decided overtones of other cop series: his wife Natalie, aka Red, has to cope with the undoubtedly real but hardly original problems of a homicide detective's mid-life burnout. "Red had spied the black dog running loose in our household, and she refused to let that dark canine feast on my self-pity and depression," Jimmy says at one point, a comment that epitomizes the novel's melodramatic, even mocking tone. Laird's two previous Jimmy Parisi novels have earned him a certain level of critical and reader esteem, and his latest, despite its lack of originality, might well continue the trend. (Apr. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Chicago detective Jimmy Parisi confronts a gruesome, bloodletting serial murder case that may have ties to satanic ritual or vampire cults. His only relief is another, supposedly low-profile case-the murder of a senior citizen. A sturdy thriller from the author of Season of the Assassin. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.