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Thomas Laird has a knack for taking the reader into a very disturbing world. Jimmy Parisi is a successful cop, riding high with the Chicago PD and enjoying his family (two kids he has raised single-handedly) and his beautiful young fianc e. But in the city, someone is raping and murdering young women, and mutilating their corpses unspeakably. The killer, nicknamed The Farmer, becomes an obsession with Jimmy, who is convinced that this is not the work of a psychopath, powered by random impulses. His business is the supplying of fresh organs to the medical black markets. And his brokers are a very sinister group indeed. Familiar territory, yes, but handled with a degree of freshness and innovation. As Parisi and his new wife find their lives on the line, the reader will find that putting the book down is a difficult task. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thomas Laird has had over twenty short stories published in US literary magazines. He teaches creative writing and literature at a high school in Peoria, Illinois. He lives with his wife Janet and their dogs Rocco and Mike. Laird is currently working on another Jimmy Parisi novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf (December 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786709448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786709441
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Laird is the author of The Underground Detective (2012).

He has published four other novels: Cutter (2001), Season of the Assassin (2003), Black Dog (2004), Voices of the Dead (2006). His fiction has 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2002
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From the beginning Homicide detective Jimmy Parisi and his partner Doc Gibron know that their killer is something different. The first victim, a runner was attacked, carefully eviscerated, and then mutilated with chilling efficiency. The crime screamed 'serial killer,' but there was something else there as well, something besides uncontrolled rage, something cold and calculating.
Parisi wonders if the careful removal of organs is more than just souvenir taking. Instead, he suspects that he has a killer who has found the perfect job, organ selling. Using modern hi-tech as well as good basic investigation, the theory is confirmed and the chase is on. The trail leads not only through the streets of the city but into the shadowy world of the Chicago mafia. Gradually the detective builds a picture of the killer and begins to narrow down the list of suspects.
Parisi must also come to terms with the involvement of his young wife, Natalie, a rookie police officer, who does not intend to take a back seat while he puts his own life at risk. Inevitably, the killer turns the tables, and Parisi finds the very things he holds dear put at risk.
The book starts out shakily, with a machine gun style of narration and dialogue which does not always make sense in the context of the characters. Having Parisi's partner be a Ph.D. who reads poetry in the patrol car is an interesting device. Having him speak a bit like a Chicago hood is somewhat jarring. Laird has some difficulty giving his characters individual voices (everyone sounds tough and hard-boiled). I am not sure if he improved as the book went on or whether I simply acclimatized to the peculiarities of his writing style, but every thing eventually came together and I quickly found myself enjoying a book I initially did not like.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "fancypants8" on December 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was excellent in its' suspense and hilarious bantering between the homicide detectives. This is definitely a book worth reading! Excellent beginning and an even more excellent ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Bowes on July 13, 2002
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The author may teach writing, but does not fashion any plot that holds the readers' attention. Stock characters and rehased plot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "sting327" on September 9, 2002
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Having Tom Laird as a Literature teacher only made me want to read this book even more. He came along way from his first publication Blue Collar and Other Stories, to a major publication such as this. He uses a different writing style to actually let us know what is happening inside the mind of a mentally insane person. Maybe it was too much to know, or maybe it was a way for us to actually see what happens through the eyes of a mass murderer. This book keeps you on the edge the whole time and makes you want more. I just could not put it down. Any crime or horror novel reader will love this one. Cutter makes you think how vulnerable anyone can be at the right moment. Whether victim or killer.
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By A Customer on February 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This thriller does for joggers what JAWS did for swimmers. A stunner. Terrifying. Apparently the reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic agree:
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (10/22/01):"A well-paced first thriller.Jimmy Parisi makes an engaging narrator.And a new twist on the obligatory car chase. The knife on the cover effectively alerts serial killer fans that this is a book for them..."
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: (1/20/02): "It's always good to get in at the start of something major and I think that Jimmy Parisi and his cast of brother officers could be very major indeed...This is a fine American police procedural with characters you'd want to share a squad car with. The publishers have come up with a winner here..."
The above reviews tell you what a great, suspenseful read CUTTER is. This is a "don't miss it" thriller!
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Format: Hardcover
A good thing is the book is not too long, doesn't have too many extraneous pages just to expand length. Also, the author doesn't o too much into medical details & such, which seems to be the rage these days, often with erroneous results. However, there is little suspense, the writing at times is amateurish (like the repeated descriptions of women)& the plot trying to create a complexity actually makes it less interesting & less beleivable. I think the idea was good, but the author just doesn't seem to have the sharpness to be a great thriller writer.
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