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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas Laird  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947

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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.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No) Contact Information Carroll and Graf Wendie Carr 161 William St., 16th Floor New York, New York 10038 (646) 375-2570 x7915

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Black Dog
ISBN: 0754096696. OCLC Number: 59265095

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Black dog /
ISBN: 078671350X. OCLC Number: 54467130

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Blue collar and other stories /
ISBN: 0897540867. OCLC Number: 31867412

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Cutter /
ISBN: 1841196053. OCLC Number: 51068747

Robinson,. .

ISBN: 1911445871. OCLC Number: 982591928


Desert storm heart :
ISBN: 1937056643. OCLC Number: 850856189

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Will Koehn, an NCIS investigator, looks into the murders and rapes of several young girls in Kuwait during Desert Storm. Later, he returns to the United States and subsequently becomes a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department. When a murder and rape occur in Chicago, and the killer's MO matches that of the girls murdered in Kuwait, the killer has followed Will home.

Season of the assassin
ISBN: 0754089991. OCLC Number: 56442373

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Season of the assassin /
ISBN: 0786254785. OCLC Number: 52871027

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The underground detective :
ISBN: 9781937056605. OCLC Number: 811622868

Dionysus Books Parkgate Press,. .

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.