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Product Details

  • Series: An Izzy McNeil Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778326586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326588
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Aims for the sweet spot between tough and tender, between thrills and thought - and hits the bullseye.. A terrific novel. --New York Times bestselling author, Lee Child

Take Izzy McNeil to bed tonight. You won't get much sleep, but you'll spend tomorrow smiling. At once a novel of sexual politics and an intricate thriller, Red Blooded is smoking hot and impossible to put down. --Marcus Sakey, author of Good People and The Blade Itself

This is a Red Blooded thriller that keeps you turning the pages. But there's more -- the wonderful surprise is that these characters will matter to you. You feel for them and fear for them and that's a serious achievement. Caldwell's writing is at the top of her game and just about everyone else's in this compelling novel that I dare you to put down! --International Bestseller, M.J. Rose, author of The Memoirist

About the Author

Laura Caldwell, a former trial lawyer, is currently a professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is the author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book. She is a nation-wide speaker and the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned. Laura has been published in thirteen languages and over twenty countries. To learn more, please visit www.lauracaldwell.com.

More About the Author

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, director of Life After Innocence, published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law among others.

Laura began her writing career in women's fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared "Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive ... writers around," after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Caldwell was led to the criminal case of a 19-year-old man charged with murder, sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman's Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman's Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Laura founded Loyola's Life After Innocence that assists wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.

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Have not finished it yet and hit a lull in the book but know it will pick back up.
Melissa Dupont
The silver lining in Caldwell's novels is her ability to lead the reader methodically with smart dialogue, captivating images, realistic settings and sexy characters.
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I really like to listen to or read books that are mysteries, so this fits the bill.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on September 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Basically, there's a whole lot to like in these first two novels. I especially enjoyed the continued conflict with Detective Vaughn and the detective subplot with John Mayburn. However, the on and off relationship with Sam and the other two guys were a bit of a turnoff to me...just too many romantic scenes slowing down the action. Both of the first two books are good reads though, and I'm looking forward to the 3rd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on September 5, 2009
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Like the first book in the series, this was another that was impossible to put down -- I read it in a single day, which is amazing considering how long the book is.

While I enjoyed it almost as much as the first, I had to go with a four-star rating because of all the Sam stuff, which got boring and repetitive halfway through the book. I understand the author wanting to keep some semblence of a relationship going for the series, but it was too much of the same thing over and over again -- Sam and Izzy can't decide where they stand, they go on a date, they rekindle old feelings, something happens that gets one of them angry or upset, they fight, lather, rinse, repeat. A few times would've been fine...but this seemed to be happening every chapter or two and it got old real fast.

Looking forward to starting the third book of the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanda B. Red VINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
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The second Izzy McNeil mystery measures up to the first. The (double) plot is complicated but well managed; though long, the book is crisply written and very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the third installment, and hoping for more.

I agree with other reviewers here that the romantic subplot (especially with Sam) grows tiresome. I also find it a bit strange that Izzy preens herself on her fidelity all the while concealing from Sam that she is sleeping with another guy and contemplating a relationship with a third. Still, I don't think Laura Caldwell was aiming for dramatic irony here -- nor in Izzy's puerile paean to passion in the book's final pages.

Caldwell is great, though, (as in the first book in the series) at revealing her heroine's insecurities. Isabel is clearly a great beauty, but she can break out in a major and embarrassing attack of perspiration. Her hi jinx in the lingerie shop where she agrees to spy for the PI John Mayburn are also quite enjoyable. Once again, she barely gets away with murder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger W. Wright on September 8, 2010
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The reviews here don't come close to doing this book justice.

Reading this story, I forgot these were characters and started thinking of them as people I knew. And I really wanted to find out what happened to them.

Which wasn't hard, because the writer really knows how to move the action along. That Lee Child wrote the blurb is not a surprise.

This is also not a "woman's book"--an impression that the marketing and cover could leave. This is, instead, a really good book.

The unspoken star of this book is Chicago. If you live here, as I do, you'll know immediately that this is not like one of those movies pretending to be Chicago when it was really shot in Toronto. This is Chicago at the heart. I once lived exactly where some of this book was set, and this author got the setting perfectly. If you don't live in Chicago and would like to know what it's like but can't afford the trip----buy this book instead. It will bring you here. Terrific book that is also a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kharabella on June 17, 2012
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I wanted to call it an "awesome" read, but that seemed too cliche. And I don't really think Ms. Caldwell's story is cliche. These books are highly underrated. If you are looking for a good mystery novel that does not leave you rolling your eyes -- and with a (relatively) realistic romance inside, this is it. The criminals are not simple, the mystery is not easily revealed, the characters know something is surreal about it all, and the girl doesn't get a happy, romantic ending. And no one is evil! As I said before -- keep 'em coming!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 27, 2009
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Readers were introduced to sassy and sophisticated Izzy McNeil in June with RED HOT LIES. Izzy has a knack for being in the middle of scandalous situations, and in RED BLOODED MURDER --- the second novel in a summer trilogy by rising star Laura Caldwell --- our redheaded, "red hot" heroine once again finds herself a suspect in a police investigation.

On the verge of turning 30, the former entertainment lawyer is invited to lunch by past client and TV host Jane Augustine. Jane renews her relationship with Izzy, offering her a job on Trial TV as a reporter followed by a night on the town to celebrate. Things are looking up for Izzy, especially when young, sexy, hot Theo can't keep his eyes and hands off of her. Newly single, Izzy succumbs to the allure of temptation.

The picture quickly becomes cloudy when Izzy learns of Jane's sex addictions and frequent infidelities. Jane's house is broken into, and her signature red scarf is left tied in a noose on her bed. The lens of the TV camera is blind to the skeletons that lurk in Jane's closet and the deep stain left upon her marriage to Zac. Jane is addicted to "the rush of someone new...the feeling of instant intimacy with a stranger." She explains to Izzy, "When I am with them, I get to see myself in a different way..." "There isn't just one person who can be everything to me." Bed-hopping had become intoxicating for Jane --- intoxicating enough to get her killed by one of her obsessive lovers.

The silver lining in Caldwell's novels is her ability to lead the reader methodically with smart dialogue, captivating images, realistic settings and sexy characters. There is no mistaking the dominance of the color red on all three of her book covers.
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