The Dog Killer of Utica: An Eliot Conte Mystery.pdf
Praise for THE ACCIDENTAL PALLBEARER
"Gripping, complex...An excellent start for these Eliot Conte books. Can't wait for the next one - and the cable-TV series."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Vivid and unnerving ... Eliot Conte is an instant original."
—The Washington Post
"The terrific writing, clever plots, bleak humor, and colorful characters recommend this to fans of gritty noir crime fiction."
—Library Journal, starred review
"There's a Quentin Tarantino masculinity to this story of a private investigator known for solving knotty problems in not-quite-lawful ways."
—The Charlotte Observer
"Fast-paced and thrilling, scene after scene."
—The Utica Observer-Dispatch
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.
"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.