The Dog Killer of Utica

The Dog Killer of Utica

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“Vivid and unnerving . . . Eliot Conte is an instant original.”
—The Washington Post

Someone's shooting dogs in Utica . . .

Ex-PI Eliot Conte (“part Mike Hammer and part William S. Burroughs,” according to The Washington Post) thought he’d escaped the sordid underworld of long-established Mafia networks, unsolved crimes, and the specter of his political kingmaker father that make up the background in his gritty hometown of Utica, New York.

He’s returned to his old love, teaching American literature, and a new love, policewoman Catherine Cruz. But the peace doesn’t last long.

First, one of Eliot’s students, a Bosnian Muslim, disappears, leaving a trail of texts and e-mails that suggest a terrorism plot underway. Meanwhile, the tightknit community is disturbed by a series of brutal murders of dogs.

And no matter where he looks, the trail seems to lead back to secrets Conte hoped he’d buried forever.

Baker & Taylor
""Dirty Harry of Literary Criticism" Frank Lentricchia launches book two of his new mystery series, featuring Eliot Conte, a PI who's "part Mike Hammer and part William S. Burroughs... an instant original," according to the Washington Post. Eliot Conte'sstory is pure noir, as he hunts for a local dog killer in ways that don't always adhere to the law. This novel features the hard diction and the fast pace of the best Italian-American crime fiction. Lentricchia's portrayal of upstate New York--Richard Russo territory--is equally unnerving and poignant. After the events of The Accidental Pallbearer, Eliot Conte decides to leave the private eye game and return to his great love: teaching American literature. He has also embarked on a relationship with Catherine Cruz, the attractive and smart policewoman he met while unravelling the story of his father's involvement with a major Mob hit in the 70s, back in the days when Utica was "the Sin City of the East." But the peace doesn't last long: one of Eliot'sstudents, a Bosnian Muslim, disappears, leaving a trail of texts and emails that suggest a terrorism plot underway, and meanwhile, the tightknit community is disturbed by a series of brutal murders of pet dogs. Eliot thinks there's more to it than a random madman, and that, in fact, the killings might be a message meant for Eliot himself. With the help of Catherine and a teenage hacker, Utica's most reluctant--and most opera-loving--private detective gets back into business"--

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Pursuing a teaching job and a relationship with Catherine Cruz after the events in The Accidental Pallbearer, Eliot Conte investigates a Muslim student's disappearance amid clues about a terrorist plot and a series of pet dog killings. Original.
Pursuing a teaching job and a relationship with Catherine Cruz, Eliot Conte investigates a Muslim student's disappearance amid clues about a terrorist plot and a series of pet dog killings.

Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2014
ISBN: 9781612193373
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LEN
Characteristics: 230 p. ;,21 cm.

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