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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 couThe 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.......

Title : The Portland Laugher
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ISBN : 9780345397829
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Portland Laugher Reviews

  • LJ
    2019-02-24 06:42

    THE PORTLAND LAUGHER - ExEmerson, Earl - 7th in Thomas Black seriesPlaying guardian angel to a psycho ex-con and alleged murderer is no laughing matter for Seattle P.I. Thomas Black. It gets him battered, hospitalized, and stalked by a laughing madman playing a deadly game.This is my favorite of all Emerson's books.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-03-10 12:53

    ( O _ O ). Yes, I guessed who it was, but never mind. Kathy, you are a fool. Poor Thomas. Definitely the bleakest one so far, also the most exciting and awful.

  • Ed
    2019-02-27 10:43

    I wanted to like this story more than I did. Taking place in Seattle, it follows the misadventures of Thomas Black an ex-Seattle cop now a private investigator who is asked to protect an ex-con, Billy Battle. The story unwinds from there as a flashback from Black's hospital bed where he is unconscious and supposedly in a coma. The plot is complex enough but most of the characters, though weird, are cardboard and not really believable.The ending is also somewhat unbelievable but does tie up all the loose ends. I have another Emerson book in my inventory and I'll give it a try. Maybe this one was an anomaly.

  • Donna Davis
    2019-03-12 06:37

    I was astonished to see how few people had read or reviewed this novel and the series whence it came. I have rarely had a writer set the hairs on the backs of my arms on edge in the way he does. I wish he would write more. I wish he would write faster (but still just as well!).The Thomas Black series is a real roller coaster if ever there was one, with bits of whimsy tossed in now and then to break up the tension...but not for long.Warning: if you have ever really been stalked, you may want to give this one a miss.

  • Ed
    2019-03-09 09:47

    #7 in the Thomas Black series. Thomas is a private detective working for lawyer Kathy Birchfield.Thomas Black is hired to follow Kathy's fiancé, Philip, who is following a just released convict. The parolee was convicted in part by Philip's testimony and Philip claims to be worried about retribution against himself and the other witnesses. One of Thomas' clients was having an affair with Philip at the time the parolee assaulted his step-brother, Thomas' other client.

  • Jeff Dickison
    2019-03-13 07:38

    Excellent Thomas Black entry, my favorite of the entire series, so far. Thomas is hired to tail Kathy's fiance, a phony who might also be a murderer, and almost ruins his friendship with Kathy. The only thing I didn't like: Kathy comes off as not too bright in this one. Very exciting with lots of plot twists and strange characters. Highly recommended.

  • Andy Plonka
    2019-03-12 05:57

    Thomas Black is an interesting protagonist, at times a nice guy that seems put upon, at times not so nice after all. I tried to read this series years ago without success, but I seem to have changed my taste as I age, so I think I'll try some more.

  • Perri
    2019-03-08 10:55

    Earl Emerson...why did I waste so much time on this book!!!? I kept hoping it would make sense. I really like your characters, the setting and in your other novels I even knew what the (blank) you were writing about! Oh, Earl....don't count on me to read the sequel!!! Sincerely, Perri

  • Denise
    2019-03-14 04:42

    Good to re-read this since we just were in Seattle again. Good characterization, good writing, good local color. Plot twists in this one ranged from obvious to a bit obscure. I see the author has written a few more in this series lately.

  • Lglubb
    2019-03-11 10:38

    This is the second Earl Emerson book I've read. The first, Primal Scream, I didn't like particularly, but I was encouraged to read one of his Thomas Black series and I'm pleased I did. It's a well paced, interesting mystery, and I'm sure I'll look for another.

  • Jb17112
    2019-02-22 11:51

    2.7 Plot not believable

  • Wanda
    2019-03-13 09:43

    a little confusing at first but still enjoyed it.

  • Mitzy
    2019-02-25 05:46

    Earl Emerson, the Seattle firefighter who writes the Thomas Black series, has another winner. A somewhat strange story about murder and stalkers, it held my interest and I read it in record time~

  • Dale Rosso
    2019-03-19 05:53

    Great entry in the Thomas Black series.

  • Jenene
    2019-03-10 08:49

    Love this series!