The Underground Detective: A Novel of Chicago Streets

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It's dark underground. How would you catch a serial killer with only your badge, your wits, and a shaky sense of right and wrong? It's 1987, and a world before cellphones and DNA. Former Army Ranger and Vietnam vet, divorced Danny Mangan is a Chicago cop weary from fifteen years on the force. But he can't rest now he's trailing a serial killer with a penchant for attacking African-American prostitutes - a grim world of deception where everyone has a public price and a private ...
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Overview

It's dark underground. How would you catch a serial killer with only your badge, your wits, and a shaky sense of right and wrong? It's 1987, and a world before cellphones and DNA. Former Army Ranger and Vietnam vet, divorced Danny Mangan is a Chicago cop weary from fifteen years on the force. But he can't rest now he's trailing a serial killer with a penchant for attacking African-American prostitutes - a grim world of deception where everyone has a public price and a private fix....

What follows when a member of Danny's own family is hunted by the killer is excruciating. So will Danny's drug-loving daughter Kelly and bisexual partner Lila help or complicate his work? The Underground Detective is a modern fable, absorbing, imaginative and terrifying. Here is polished crime writing, the dark sheen after the rains have cleaned the streets of Chicago. A treat of human foibles, weaknesses, attractions and heartbreak, where only love and family are the saving grace....

Author Bio

Thomas Laird has published four novels: Cutter (2001), Season of the Assassin (2003), Black Dog (2004) and Voices of the Dead (2006). The first three books were co-published in London and New York by Constable & Robinson and by Carroll & Graf (Perseus). The fourth novel was published in the Czech Republic by Domino Publishers.

The books received favorable reviews from the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, The Independent on Sunday (UK) and Crime Time (UK).

Thomas Laird lives in Peoria, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937056605
  • Publisher: Parkgate Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2012
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Thomas Laird's fifth novel is his most mature book. He surpasses

    Thomas Laird's fifth novel is his most mature book. He surpasses the excellence of the Jimmy Parisi series. This is serious literature that reminds the reader of Odysseus' descent into the netherworld to learn about the things of the dead. But it is also a suspenseful thriller, not unlike the works of James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, and Raymond Chandler. A superior, vastly entertaining read.

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