Thomas Laird Cutter

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Cutter

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‘This well-paced first thriller has an engaging narrator ... and a new twist.’ Publishers Weekly

Jimmy Parisi is a cop who’s got everything going for him — a good career with the Chicago PD and a beautiful young redhead who’s just agreed to become his wife.

But working within the homicide department means that you are exposed to the darkest side of humankind.

A shocking and brutal killer is on the loose: someone who is not only murdering and raping young women, but then mutilating and abandoning their deformed bodies.

Not just operating out of an individual perverse desire to murder, this sickening killer is part of a wider criminal underworld.

Amongst the cops and in the media, he earns the nickname ‘The Farmer’ - as evidence suggests he’s harvesting female organs for a sinister illegal trade.

Parisi is on the case from day one, determined not to allow the body count to increase even further.

But this elusive killer proves to be a criminal mastermind, evading the police department at every twist and turn.

Parisi refuses to give up but things become far too close for comfort when Parisi realises that the killer has a new victim in his sights: Parisi’s new wife.

A chilling and fast-paced thriller, ‘Cutter’ delves into the psyche of a psychopath in what becomes a terrifying game of cat and mouse.

Praise for Thomais Laird

‘It’s always good to get in at the start of something major. And I think that Lieutenant Jimmy Parisi ... could be very major indeed. The publishers have come up with a winner here’ - Mark Timlin, Independent

Thomas Laird has several short stories published in US literary magazines and a collection of short fiction called Blue Collar and Other Stories , also published in the US. He teaches creative writing, literature and composition in central Illinois. He has just finished a third Jimmy Parisi novel and is working on a fourth in this series of crime books.

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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.

Review:

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.

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