The Portland Laugher

The Portland Laugher

Book - 1994
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Random House, Inc.
A Thomas Black Mystery by the Shamus-Award-Winning author of "The Rainy City."

The menacing phone calls from a maniacally laughing stranger haunt Seattle private eye Thomas Black as he lies partially paralyzed in the hospital, afflicted with memory loss. Betrayed by his body and his mind, Black struggles to piece together the shards of the investigation that nearly killed him before the owner of the maniacal laugh can return to finish the job.

As Black wades deep into a secret world of sadistic murder, he finds himself up against an adversary far deadlier than he had ever imagined. And Black can't help but wonder if the last, wicked laugh will be on him . . .

Baker & Taylor
Partially paralyzed and plagued with memory loss, Seattle private detective Thomas Black receives threatening phone calls from a laughing stranger, which convince him he must solve the case that resulted in his injuries

Blackwell North Amer
The menacing phone calls from a maniacally laughing stranger haunt Seattle private eye Thomas Black as he lies partially paralyzed in the hospital - plagued with memory loss and a monstrous sense of doom. Black must piece together the shards of an investigation that nearly killed him. And through the haze of nightmarish recollection, he starts to remember....
A curious couple offers Black a strange proposal: play guardian angel to an unlikely stalking victim - Billy Battle, a brooding ex-con with a psychotic history of unproven murder and mayhem. Hot on Billy's crooked trail is the straight-arrow ex-neighbor who helped send him up the river, and who just may want Billy dead for his own peace of mind.
Then the mysterious, diabolical laugher on the phone extends his campaign of terror to Thomas Black, convincing the wily P.I. that he's getting close to something. But exactly what, he doesn't know. As Black wades deeper into a secret world of sadistic murder and pure evil, he finds himself up against an adversary far deadlier than he had ever imagined. And Black can't help but wonder if the last, wicked laugh will be on him....

Baker
& Taylor

Super sleuth Thomas Black returns in a fast-moving tale involving a wealthy widow, a handsome singer, and a psychotic ex-con--and lands in the hospital because of a laughing lunatic who wants him in the morgue. By the author of Deviant Behavior. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1994
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345384850
0345384857
Branch Call Number: MYS Emerson, E 100.7 1994
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm

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