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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas Laird  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947

-- Thomas Laird on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Laird teaches English and creative writing at Peoria Notre Dame High School. He lives in Metamora, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laird has found success on both sides of the Atlantic with his first crime fiction novel ''Cutter''. This book and his other mysteries feature the fictional detective hero Jimmy Parisi who works for the Chicago Police Department's homicide division. Along with his published books, he has had over twenty short stories published in US literary magazines.

Published Works

  • Blue Collar and Other Stories, Dan River Press, 1994
  • Cutter, Carroll and Graf, 2001
  • Season of the Assassin, Carroll and Graf, 2003
  • Black Dog, Carroll and Graf, 2004
  • Voices of the Dead, 2006
  • The Underground Detective, Dionysus Books, 2012
  • Desert Storm Heart, Dionysus/Parkgate, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Blue collar and other stories /
ISBN: 0897540867. OCLC Number:

Dan River Press,. Thomaston, Me. :. ©1994.

Cutter /
ISBN: 1841196053. OCLC Number:

Robinson,. London :. 2003.

Season of the assassin /
ISBN: 0786254785. OCLC Number:

Chivers Press ;. Bath, Eng. :. 2003.

Black dog /
ISBN: 078671350X. OCLC Number:

Carroll & Graff Pub.,. New York :. 2004.

The underground detective :
ISBN: 1937056600. OCLC Number:

Dionysus Books / Parkgate Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2012.

"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."--Page 4 of cover.



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