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Bleed for Me (Joe O'Loughlin Book 4) by [Robotham, Michael]
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*Starred Review* This remarkable novel offers everything those literary detective novels ought to but usually don’t. The prose is beautiful but understated, with no striving for style. The characters are bright, funny, and touching. Ideas are entertained—entertaining, too—and psychological insights are included. And, oh yes, it’s also one helluva crime story, with suspense, chases, deductions, and startling revelations in the last pages. The hero is psychologist Joe O’Loughlin, whose career in Bath, England, is forever getting sidetracked by problems with health, women, children, cops, and most recently, a blood-soaked neighbor girl who appears on his doorstep. His attempts to help her by exploring her memories parallel the steps in a criminal investigation and, in fact, lead to a nasty assortment of child abusers, sexual predators, and a blackmailer. Sounds grim, but the effect is exhilarating because the writing is so good, the plotting so clever and well thought-out. Robotham really cares about his creations. He seems to laugh and hurt right along with them. This is crime fiction of the highest order. --Don Crinklaw


Praise for BLEED FOR ME:

"Michael Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters; he makes my heart ache for them."―Linwood Barclay

"This remarkable novel offers everything those 'literary' detective novels ought to but usually don't. This is crime fiction of the highest order."―Booklist (starred review)

"Robotham writes with grave tenderness."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"There are no bad Robotham novels. They are all good. Some are just better than others and this one is a damned fine read... No sophistry. It's an honest read. It resonates with verisimilitude. This is a measured piece, tight and efficient from a word smith and story teller who knows the value of words and how to hammer and weld them into powerful characters that we believe in and care about."―

"A convoluted and lethal investigation, with collateral damage at every turn. BLEED FOR ME works on many levels, combining the insights of a trained psychologist; the savvy street smarts and irreverent observations of a retired cop; and intricate plotting from a first-rate author."Bruce Tierney, BookPage

"Bleed For Me is not only an unnerving, fast-paced psychological thriller, but also an extremely intelligent read by a writer in his prime."―New York Journal of Books

"Michael Robotham is my favorite kind of crime writer, smart and subtle without ever sacrificing suspense. In BLEED FOR ME, he has crafted a psychological thriller that will take your breath away."―Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone

"A taut thriller....O'Loughlin continues to be an appealingly flawed hero."―Publishers Weekly

"Proves Robotham's a writer of the highest class who can create terror from the commonplace and crush the breath out of you."―The Daily Mail (UK)

"A disquieting, often moving, dissection of the layers of hipocrisy that protect the wicked."―The Times (UK)

Praise for THE WRECKAGE (2011):

"One of the best novels to come out of the chaos of Iraq; a penetrating peek through the fog of war."―Nelson DeMille

Praise for SHATTER (2009):

"The most suspenseful book I read all year."―Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

"Terrific...a classic 'wrong man' thriller that puts its hero in hot water, then raises the Fahrenheit to a fever pitch....Robotham not only builds the suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist."―People

"Pleasantly creepy....Plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence."―The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 2288 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1 edition (February 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QX07B4
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Format: Paperback
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Ray Hegarty, a highly respected former detective, lies dead in his daughter Sienna's bedroom. She is found covered in his blood. Everything points to her guilt, but psychologist Joe O'Loughlin isn't convinced. Fourteen-year-old Sienna is the best friend of Joe's daughter, and he has watched her grow up and seen the troubled look in her eyes. Against the advice of the police, he launches his own investigation, embarking upon a hunt that will lead him to a predatory schoolteacher, a conspiracy of silence and a race-hate trial that is captivating the nation.

Under normal circumstances I would never have read this book. It's a crime novel for one thing, but it's also a crime novel with the kind of plot device I've heard a hundred times before. But it was my book club's pick for this month and again I've read a book I never would have picked up and ended up really enjoying it. What I can't stand about most of the crime novels I've read is the sensationalist depictions of gruesome violence coupled with completely unrealistic reactions of the victims of the crimes - or if they're dead - the other characters in the books. There is just something too macabre for me in taking entertainment from the torture of other people. And the other thing I don't like is when the big reveal happens and we find out who the killer is there is no way I could have guessed it or worked it out from the rest of the story.

There was so much more to this book than I expected, it has all the elements that crime story readers will love - lots of complex story lines, a couple of unexpected twists, a few red herrings (one of which I fell for big time!) and a high adrenaline bombshell ending with all the elements neatly wrapped up at the end.
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Format: Hardcover
In this contemporary and far reaching novel, the author describes the world of impressionable teenage girls and the manner in which they can manipulated by men who prey on the innocent.

Michael Robotham's words are dramatically compelling as we become immersed in following the action.

Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is a terrific character. He suffers from Parkinson's Disease but tries not to let his health issues deter him. His wife, Julianne, has left him and his eldest daughter, Charlie, age fourteen, shows her rebellious spirit. He works at finding answers to this case while desperately trying to hope on to his family.

Charlie's best friend, Sienna, shows up at Julianna's home covered with blood but then runs away. Not knowing what else to do, Julianne calls Joe who is able to find her by the river bank, "huddled between the roots of a tree like a discarded doll."

Sienna is almost totally unresponsive and her vulnerability touches Joe as he wonders what would happen if his daughter, Charlie was in a situation like this. Sienna claims to be unable to recall what happened but a search of her home reveals that her father has been murdered.

This is only the beginning of this heart stopping story. We learn of Sienna's father's relationship to Sienna and to her older sister. Then we discover that Sienna had a social life that included her seeing an older man.

The momentum builds as Joe confronts a man he suspects. Doors that were closed are now forced open as the story goes deeper and new suspects are uncovered.

This is a powerful novel that shouldn't be missed, not just for a story that packs a punch but one that leaves a message about the vulnerability of many young girls and the adults who prey on their naivety.
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Format: Hardcover
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I love a good crime novel. The key factor is having a winning protagonist who is fascinating, likeable and flawed so that we want to read more about him. Joe O'Loughlin is exactly that character. When we are introduced to him, it is revealed he has Parkinson's and we are immersed in a world that contains tremors, shuffling gait, and uncontrollable jerks that are mostly embarrassing when he can't get to his pills. He is devoted to his work, so much that he has created a divide between himself and his family. And yet, we like him. He's a good, decent man who loves his family and wants to do the right thing. Furthermore, he's smart in the ways a good psychologist should be. It's been a while since I've been so deeply invested in a character.

The story is strong. Contains believeable and strong cast of characters including Sienna, the girl covered in blood, his wife, his friend Ruis. The pacing was exactly right. I never felt bored or that I would have a hard time finishing the novel. When the story was over, the ending was perfect. This book made me want to read all of the other novels. I can't wait to meet Joe again. One of the best books I've read in the past year!
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I've said before that Michael Robotham is the next big thing--an Australian who writes about England with authority. In one novel he studies the rivers and sewers beneath London, an incredible tour de force. One problem (noted by other reviewers) is that Robotham is truly an international writer, with books that appeal to all but are not published everywhere. Just remember--Amazon UK and British booksellers charge modest shipping fees; don't hesitate to get former Robotham novels that way. His next book, coming out in June, is a Vincent Ruiz novel, published by Mulholland, Little Brown's new crime imprint. Perhaps that means he's found an American publisher for the long haul. Let's hope so, because he's an A list writer.

Bleed for Me is a Joe O'Loughlin book, with an extended appearance by Vincent Ruiz. O'Loughlin is a psychologist living in Bath, teaching part-time. He is afflicted by Parkinson's and his marriage has disintegrated. Ruiz is a retired copper from the Met. He and O'Loughlin's paths crossed in the past and they make an exceptional team, the one blunt and physical, the other more cerebral and frail.

In Bleed for Me Joe's daughter's best friend has been accused of murdering her father. She appears to be the victim of abuse, perhaps at the hands of her father, perhaps at the hands of a charismatic but unctuous teacher. Simultaneously, Joe's wife Julianne is translating (literally) at the trial of three skinhead types, accused of firebombing the home of a family of asylum seekers. As Joe investigates, it appears that the cases are related, principally because of the appearance of a prison-tear-tattooed thug called 'the crying man'.
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