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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...

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Overview

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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The Washington Post
The language and especially Parisi's voice are perfectly pitched to evoke working-class Chicago in all its ethnic intensity. This is a winning book about a winning character who earns our admiration for his gimpy middle-aged weariness and perseverance. — Paul Skenazy
Publishers Weekly
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) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Talk about specialists. Chicago homicide cop Jimmy Parisi scores a hat trick by notching his third consecutive hunt for a serial killer messing up young women. In Cutter (2001), the unfortunate victims were sliced and diced. In Season of the Assassin (2003), they were beaten to a pulp. Now a Poe-loving perp kidnaps his targets, binds and gags them, then, slowly, methodically, over a period of days, proceeds to drain veins, arteries, and capillaries. Think vampirism, think occult, think Black Masses. And think Poe, for whom the misogynistic brute seems to have developed a passion, especially for his "Spirits of the Dead," a poem in five stanzas. On learning of this literary fixation, Jimmy P. instantly flashes to what must certainly be the killer's m.o. Since there are five verses, there must be five victims, even though only two of them have appeared so far. The Count, as he's been dubbed by the media, must be stopped before his count mounts. That's not easy, since the Count is as smart and slippery as he is bloodthirsty. Where's Buffy when you need her? Grand Guignol stuff aside, though, it's all standard issue. Agent: Kristin Lindstrom/Lindstrom Literary Group
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786713509
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Series: Jimmy Parisi Series , #3
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    catch this big dog

    Thomas Laird's BLACK DOG rivals the work of James Lee Burke and Dennis Lehane. The third book in the Jimmy Parisi series indeed cuts to the quick. It is the darkest of his noir novels, and it is the grittiest and most realistic of the trio in his series of detective novels. An under-read and an under-appreciated detectice classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    rave for BLACK DOG!

    BLACK DOG rocks! And the WASHINGTON POST (4/25/04)agrees!: 'Laird is a skilled practitioner of the classic police procedural. The language and especially Parisi's voice are perfectly pitched to evoke working-class Chicago in all its ethnic intensity. This is a winning book about a winning character who earns our admiration for his gimpy middleaged weariness and perseverance.' BLACK DOG is a great crime book. It delivers, on all levels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Howling with the BLACK DOG

    The third in Laird's Jimmy Parisi series, BLACK DOG, digs the deepest into his Homicide detective's personality. This is Jimmy up close and personal. An elusive killer who drains young women of their blood and who then leaves them to die is also taxing the will and the energy of this middle aged policeman. Along with The Count, Parisi is after the murderer of an inner city senior citizen. Add to that a personal tragedy in Jimmy P's household, and the hero of BLACK DOG is on the razor's edge. BLACK DOG transcends the genre detective category. It enters the serious literary territory of the human heart in conflict with itself. A powerful, suspenseful novel, it will carry you along to its super-charged conclusion.

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