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Blood Atonement (Nigel Barnes) Hardcover – August 18, 2009


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Waddell's sequel to 2008's The Blood Detective, which introduced Nigel Barnes, a genealogist employed by Scotland Yard, offers an overly similar plot. Once again, the police suspect a serial killer is at work, this time targeting members of a family with possible connections to the Mormon church whose ancestors may have some sins to atone for. Det. Chief Insp. Grant Foster and his team look into the murder of Katie Drake, a 37-year-old actress and single mother who lived in Queen's Park, a middle-class London neighborhood, as well as the disappearance of Drake's daughter on her 14th birthday. The police discover that a distant female relative of the Drakes also vanished just before turning 14. Barnes's skill at tracking obscure records to identify suspects and potential victims proves vital to the investigation. Unfortunately, too many coincidences and a far-fetched motive for the crimes make this a less successful effort than its predecessor. (Aug.)
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"Waddell’s second outstanding thriller (after The Blood Detective) mixes the genealogy of a family who can’t escape their ancestors’ deeds in Utah with today’s Morman fundamentalist splinter groups. Featuring brilliant detection by the police, the crime scene investigators, and the genealogist... this is a breathless roller-coaster ride."--Library Journal (starred review)
 
"...solidly plotted...boasts a protagonist whose unusual profession gives the story an added element of intrigue: using genealogy to unlock the victim’s past and explain a contemporary crime. A definite winner, and further proof that Nigel Barnes is going to be a strong series lead." --Booklist
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Product Details

  • Series: Nigel Barnes
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312378912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great characters, well paced.
Arnold Slater
This book is a great introduction to a new mystery series, with characters you'll want to know better.
Susie
I ready this book in one sitting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Browne on January 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent thriller; I can see why it has attracted such consistently good reviews. Intriguing plot, great characterization... a well-written page-turner. Make sure you read Blood Detective first, otherwise not everything will quite add up.
Ned Browne (author of Crying Without Tears)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson on June 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The second in the DCI Grant Foster series and although it's not paramount that you have read the previous book to enjoy this one, if you ARE planning to read the 'The Blood Detective' then it's probably advisable to read them in order. There are a couple of references to Foster's experiences on the last case as well as past relationship histories...and at one point the name of the killer from the last book is mentioned!

'Blood Atonement' is an agreeable, quick read which has an interesting genealogy and Mormon story line. The plot is easy to follow, occasionally travelling back in time to 1890 to but mainly set in the present day. It's easy to work out quite early on as to where the story is going, and because of this I felt the suspense was a little lacking. It's not boring or slow though and I enjoyed picking it up. If you're looking for an entertaining and informative light read...this fits the bill.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What first appears to be a heinous murder, gruesome enough in its own right, becomes far more baffling as Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster and Detective Inspector Heather Jenkins apply their skills to the murder of a single mother found in her garden, her throat slashed, her fourteen-year-old daughter missing, with virtually no clues to identity of the assailant/abductor. Returning to work after a long convalescence, Foster is anxious to get back to the job but is sidelined by an anxious superior, forced to submit to bureaucratic demands regardless of the urgency of the case. And it is that urgency that propels Blood Atonement, the peril of the missing girl and the sense of menace that surrounds the investigation, especially when a direct connection is made to events generations earlier and a continent away, in the United States.

Modern day police work in London makes use of technological advances in DNA and- in this unusual case- the efforts of genealogist Nigel Barnes (who has a personal history with Heather Jenkins). Waddell ties the disciplines together to create a plot far more sophisticated than might first appear. As connections are made to other mysterious deaths with blood ties, albeit distant, Foster suspects a series of crimes stemming from a violent family incident. The problem is in locating the other players, intervening to save the life of a young boy in foster care who may be next on the death list. A visit across the ocean to the fabled archives of The Church of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah holds the final piece of the puzzle. It is in Salt Lake City that Heather and Nigel discover the seeds of discontent that have reached across the years.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susie on November 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Blood Atonement is a police procedural like mystery with a twist.

Tracking the bad guy is mostly done by Nigle Barnes, a genealogical research specialist.

This book is a great introduction to a new mystery series, with characters you'll want to know better.

Reginald Hill describes it best, 'sharp plotting, elegant writing, engaging characters and a crackling climax.'

When I finished reading this book, I immediately ordered the second book, Blood Atonement.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the paths Nigel and Grant go down to link victims and murderer, and liked the twist concerning the killer, but I wanted more bits and pieces about their characters. Nigel didn't quite come alive for me but that, of course, could be partly my fault. I will read another in the series.
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By new ereader on September 29, 2013
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Well written ,good detail for the time period,well paced.The ending will surprise you.Looking forward to the other book. The editing
was also very good
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