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Description - The Dog Killer Of Utica by Frank Lentricchia

"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's story 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's students, 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781612193373
ISBN-10: 1612193374
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Melville House Publishing
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Frank Lentricchia

FRANK LENTRICCHIA was raised in Utica, New York, to working class, first generation Italian-American parents. A chaired professor of literature at Duke University, he is the author of several highly acclaimed and often controversial critical studies; novels, including Johnny Critelli and The Knifemen; and a memoir, The Edge of Night.

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