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Blood Games (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (April 7, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451403444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451403445
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jerry Bledsoe was born in Danville, VA, in 1941, and grew up in Thomasville, N.C. After three years in the Army he became a newspaper reporter and for more than 20 years was a feature columnist in Greensboro and Charlotte. He was a contributing editor to Esquire when he began writing books. His seventh book, Bitter Blood, became a New York Times #1 bestseller and was made into a CBS mini-series. He and his wife, Linda, live near Asheboro, NC.

Customer Reviews

A must have for your true crime library.
Lysa Burleson
I am familiar with Jerry Bledsoe, having read Bitter Blood.
Suzanne R. Oxford
In any case,I do think Bledsoe wrote the story very well.
S. G. Fortosis

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lysa Burleson VINE VOICE on May 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Cruel Doubt by McGinnis I wasn't really too excited when I picked up this book. Wow, was I ever wrong. While McGinnis spends all his time talking about Bonnie Von Stein and her son, Christopher Pritchard (He wrote the book with her help), Bledsoe spends more time getting to know the other parties alledgedly involved, Neal Henderson, and James Upchurch.
Bledose is objective about all the participants, including the victims. McGinnis tries to portray the son as a victim of drug abuse and wants you to feel sympathetic towards him. So many things do not add up, yet Mcginnis tries to pigeon hole it all away with statements like "...that's just the way she is" or "...the drugs clouded his vision he didn't know what he was saying or doing during that time frame" (paraphrased from Cruel Doubt).
While reading this book I noticed a number of things that lead me to believe that the entire truth was not brought out at trial. In some instances there were major discrepancies in the testimonies of Neal Henderson and Chris Pritchard. Things just did not add up. I wonder about the overzealousness of the police to capture someone because they happened to have a previous infraction. I wonder about the jury who convicted based solely on the two statements with major inconsistencies made by confessed killers.
This is a very interesting book, that gives you things to think about.
Jerry Bledsoe is spellbindingly brilliant once again. A must have for your true crime library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read "Cruel Doubt" and being an avid fan of Jerry's books, I ordered this book from America as it is unavailable in Australia. It took six weeks to arrive, and when I read it, I was disappointed, as the boring, repetitive narrative is extremely irritating, and unlike his other stories, in this book, Jerry's writing style is poor and he fails (for the first time in his true crime writing career) to draw the reader into the story. I am still a loyal fan of Jerry's, but I would recommend to anyone who wants to read about the Von Stein case to skip this book and instead purchase "Cruel Doubt" by Joe McGinniss, which is far superior in its portrayal of the facts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations on June 12, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bledsoe should take a bow for this chilling description of the murder of Lieth Von Stein and near murder of Bonnie Von Stein, with her 19-year-old son, Chris Pritchard, the one who planned it all to inherit millions. That's not giving away the book, as he's mentioned as the killer on the back cover! I was ecstatic that this book was out after I read Cruel Doubt by Joe McGinniss, another awesome depiction of this bloody crime. Joe apparently couldn't get the defendants' families to cooperate, and Bledsoe did. It was great to see into the minds of the killers and to learn about what their family lives were like growing up that might have affected their choices as young men.
Through the literary trick of imagery, Bledsoe makes the reader see the crime occur and understand the feelings of the defendants and their family members. Bledsoe gets to the very heart of the American family and how even the best and most doting parents can have children who become criminals. Of course, no parent is perfect, as Neal's and Bart's were not, but these young men had the background that many people have who later become doctors, lawyers and successful businessmen. If only these men hadn't chosen drugs, they could be among the successful. They had so much promise. Bledsoe brings home, through interviews with these teens and their parents, the reality of evil, as it can strike anyone, and how one rash decision has such dire, final consequences.
Also worth mention was the care and concern of the teacher who discovered Neal's genius and Bart's exceptional talents. Even to the end, he was defending them, making it clear he didn't agree with and couldn't condone their actions. A truly caring person this teacher must be!
As a true crime author myself, I can only say I hope I can someday climb into the caliber of Mr. Bledsoe, and I thank him for a terrific edition to America's true crime genre!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chandra, chanlp@aol.com on December 30, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bledsoe is wonderful at detailing true crimes in NC. As with his other books, he gives in depth background on everyone involved and what is known about the case. It never comes across as opinionated or biased - simply told from every aspect. Information is given by law enforcement officers, family members, friends and lawyers. It almost reads more like a work of fiction rather than a the story of a true crime. I would highly recommend his other books as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2004
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This was a typical Jerry Bledsoe book -- I could not put it down. I searched for months for this book after having read his other three true-crime novels. I finally had to buy one used. This book tells the story of three young men whose lives came together in horror and tragedy. Chris Pritchard arranged to have his friend, Bart Upchurch, murder Chris's stepfather and mother (and possibly his sister) in order to collect a $2 million inheritance. Bart had Neal Henderson drive him to the house and then help him dispose of the evidence after the murder. The stepfather died in a brutal attack with a baseball bat and knife. The mother miraculously lived. Neal spilled first, but not until almost a year after the crimes. He pled guilty and got 40 years. He was paroled after a little over 10 years on 12/11/00. Chris decided, within days of his trial, to plead guilty. His mother and sister learned of his plan to have them murdered, but surprisingly stuck by him. He was sentenced to life plus 20 years and would have to serve 19 years before being eligible for parole. Bart was sentenced to death, but his death sentence was vacated in October 1992 and he was resentenced to life. He apparently maintains his innocence, and despite looking like an all-American college boy during his trial, he has been transformed into a typical prisoner. He has a web site, [...] which has a recent picture -- matted hair, nasty facial hair, and absolutely no trace of the good-looking boy he was at the time of the crime and trial. This book will make parents afraid to send their kids off to college, it will open your eyes to the availability and dangers of alcohol and drugs to teenagers, and it will make you beg Mr. Bledsoe to write another true-crime book! If you can get ahold of a copy, new or used, it will be well worth your effort and money.
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