Blood Ties: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$3.79
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Blood Ties: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels) Hardcover – January 26, 2010

Book 12 of 15 in the Bishop/SCU Series

See all 26 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$0.09 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Too many interchangeable doll-like victims and a by-the-numbers plot mar bestseller Hooper's conclusion to her paranormal thriller trilogy that began with Blood Dreams and Blood Sins. When a serial killer tortures, dismembers, and dumps eight women in eight weeks in Tennessee and adjacent states, Noah Bishop, head of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, gets on the case, along with Noah's touch-telepath and seer wife, Miranda, and special agent Hollis Templeton, a profiler-in-training and medium who can self-heal and see auras. Hollis and special investigator Diana Brisco, also a medium and healer, travel to the gray time, a corridor between life and death where a young spirit, Brooke, helps them connect the killings to a past threat. Series fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the appendixes, which include bios of Special Crime Unit agents and definitions of their various paranormal abilities. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

When the victims of a serial killer in the Southeast are found to be connected to earlier Special Crimes Unit cases, it becomes clear that the unit itself is the target. At the same time, SCU—an elite FBI unit of persons with paranormal abilities founded and led by Noah Bishop—is threatened by disturbing leaks. In this third in the trilogy (after Blood Dreams, 2007, and Blood Sins, 2009), unit members are still dealing with the exceptional psychic energy surrounding the killing of megalomanic cult leader Adam Deacon Samuel in Blood Sins. Medium Hollis Templeton’s increasing abilities enable her to help new investigator Diana Brisco, a medium who is able to travel in and out of “gray time,” a corridor between life and death. Hunkered down in the small town of Serenade, Tennessee, SCU members find themselves fighting an adversary with similar abilities, as it becomes clear that the evil Samuel’s legacy lives on. Footnotes and brief bios of unit members provide background for the trilogy in this compulsively readable paranormal thriller. --Michele Leber
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553804863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553804867
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

KAY HOOPER is the award-winning author of Sleeping with Fear, Stealing Shadows, and more than ten other novels of suspense and intrigue along with dozens of other books. She lives in North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

There were no depth to the characters at all.
sweetiebear
I felt the plot was overly complicated, relying on too many POV characters and far too much content from past stories.
Darcia Helle
Any Kay Hooper books I will buy, love them all, but my favorite series is Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels.
d.lynch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hooper has concocted a rather complicated entry into the Special Crimes Unit series with a series of grisly murders in the small town of Serenade, Tennessee designed to lure Noah Bishop and his team into the open. Bishop's team is composed of highly trained psychics each with one or more abilities and since the last book Blood Sins and the death of Samuel, team members notice other abilities starting to appear and strengthen.

As the psychic team hunts for the vicious killer, he begins to take shots at the team and civilians. The mystery is further complicated by the addition of another killer who just likes to torture and kill for the pleasure of it. Why is the sniper killer targeting the team? Who is he? What has driven him to basically hold the town of Serenade hostage with fear? Bishop's team hunts for answers as they race against time to prevent other murders.

If you are familiar with the series, Special agents Quentin Hayes and Diana Brisco from Chill of Fear, Hollis Templeton from Touching Evil and Reese DeMarco (sorry don't remember where he came from) feature prominently. John and Maggie Garrett also from Touching Evil are featured in a short, but important part.

Even with Hollis and Diana stumbling across a couple of really horrendous murders in the beginning--it can't save the book from getting off to a bit of a slow start. The slow start is due to all of the complications and subplots. If you haven't read the series you may be confused, I know I was and I've read every single book in the Special Crimes Unit series. It would have helped if I'd read them all more recently than over a span of several years.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Blood Ties," by Kay Hooper, is set in the small town of Serenade, Tennessee, where a runner stumbles over the body of a man who has been tortured and murdered. The local sheriff, Des Duncan, who is not equipped to deal with such matters, calls in the FBI. The agents who show up are members of the highly trained Special Crimes Unit, all of whom have one or more psychic abilities. When more dead bodies turn up, the SCU suspects that a serial killer is on the loose.

In the absence of Noah Bishop, who is the chief of the SCU, Special Agent Miranda Bishop heads up the team. Quentin Hayes, Hollis Templeton, Diana Brisco, and Reese DeMarco also figure prominently in the case. As the days wear on, a highly skilled sniper starts taking potshots at members of the SCU as well as at noncombatants. In spite of their impressive intellect, training, and manpower, Miranda and her colleagues begin to feel like sitting ducks. Furthermore, they have no idea who the mastermind is behind all the carnage. Fortunately, Diana's psychic abilities provide a valuable clue; she learns that past events are connected to the crimes that they are now investigating.

Hooper has concocted a complicated plot featuring a diabolical conspiracy that will test the courage and stamina of the SCU. Diana is particularly vulnerable, since she has the ability to walk with spirits in "an eerie corridor between life and death." The danger is that someday, she may not be able to reemerge from this netherworld. Hollis Templeton, an agent in training, is also at risk, since her psychic abilities have evolved so rapidly that she sometimes overreaches. There is also a subplot about the ever deepening relationships between Quentin and Diana and Reese and Hollis.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Bianchi on March 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Hoopers Bishops books and was excited when this one came out. Now I am disappointed...
I am over halfway through the book, and have to ask, am I the only one confused here?
When bringing up old characters, she uses astericks * to refer back to older books and really does not recap at all in blood ties. I read many of these years ago, am I suppossed to go back and reference them while reading this last book so as to remember??? I think if she just gave a slight recap that would make all the difference in the world..
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mary anne wetton on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was not the story I was waiting for; it was suppose to be Hollis Templeton's (who was first seen as a victim in Touching Evil) story from the book cover and the teasers but it is not. The book has way to many characters which would make it impossible for someone who has never read the series to start now.

I felt that the story was disconnected in places and never seemed to compeletly explain any of the subplots. The ending was rushed which I really didn't like considering that the book was only 301 pages ($32.00 Canadian)and seem to set us up for another visit from the same villain, yet again.

Overall I would wait for it to come out in paperback. Hooper's First three Bishop books are still her best.

Disappointing:(
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gidgetdog on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A capable author of a continuing series should be able to write books that a new reader could pickup and enjoy and maybe even like it enough to go back and read the series from the start. Never going to happen with Blood Ties. If fact I've read this series and I couldn't even follow the plot, nor did I want to. And I can't decide if asterixing the action to refer back to previous books was arrogant or just plain lazy. Probably a little of both. In any case, I gave up and quit halfway through. Too many other good books to read to waste time on this dreadful, confusing sotry.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?