- File Size: 744 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Five Leaves Publications (July 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008HHVFO8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The dialogue's sharp and snappy and contributes to the great tensions Malone creates as McBain seems to make dangerous choices and penetrate into memories and events that coagulate around many nasty hidden secrets. I know it's a cliché but this is one of those books which it's difficult to put down.
As well as warming to McBain through his humour and the strength of his determination to catch the villains, readers will sense a vulnerability which surfaces at times to add to his complexities. As I said, this looks like a Scottish cop who'll take his place among the stars of the genre.
A body is discovered: the terrible mutilations spell out the wounds of the Stigmata. For Glasgow DI Ray McBain, the killings are strangely familiar... and then the dreams begin. The first in a series of books featuring DI Ray McBain, a Glasgow detective who has too many friends in the underworld for his own good, but enough to support him when he goes on the run, the main suspect in a murder case. Scottish noir at its best.
Absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters. I loved mcbain. He was my favourite character. Very cleverly written. Highly recommended. 5*.
I am hoping this author has a few more novels up his sleeve. I shall wait with sweet anticipation. Thank you, Michael Malone, and Mr. Stephen Leather.
In the next scene we move to Edinburgh Detective Inspector DI McBain in a pub with his team, celebrating another case sewn up. DI McBain narrates the vast majority of the book. He is a good-humoured, self-effacing sort - a detective of the old school. His team are brilliantly drawn and assembled by Malone, making for a strong supporting cast in a cracker of a book. What Malone does so brilliantly is stretch the first person narration technique to a point where DI McBain leaps off the page straight into the reader's head. And that's not an easy thing to do. As the murders continue, and the religious aspect of the crimes becomes obvious - the victims all stigmatered up, as it were - we think this is a case DI McBain can really get his teeth into . . . until the dreams begin . . . Feathers and blood and an old man pleading for his life . . .
And when DI McBain's closest colleague discovers Ray has been witholding evidence vital to the case, she has no choice but to bring it to the powers that be. So we follow Ray on the run from his own Force, suspected of murder, and only Kenny, his old schoolfriend - now Underworld face - to protect him.
Ray begins to unravel before our very eyes. But he is so likeable still. And that is the beauty of this book - it's power. The more Ray McBain seems like he has more of a part to play in the crimes than is at first obvious, the more vulnerable he becomes. It leaves the reader having to deal with the prospect that a character that has made them laugh, made them cry, made them feel, could have committed these horrendously violent acts. But Malone has written this character so brilliantly, we just hope beyond hope Ray really is as innocent as he believes. Then there comes the point in the book where Ray himself begins to doubt even his own innocence, and at that point I realised how completely taken in I was by this book. I panicked. Wobbled. I thought, no, Ray, don't do this to me. But Malone's writing had left me little choice but to side with DI McBain, come what may.
And when the ending came, well, you'll have to read the book to find that one out . . .
This book had me gripped by the throat from first page to last.
An absolute stunner.
McBain has suppressed memory about his time at the orphanage and suffers nightmares and sleep walking. He begins to wonder if he really is the killer.
Eventually he connects with other people who were also damaged by the atrocities committed at the orphanage and the true murderer is uncovered.
The author captures and holds our attention. There are no graphic violence descriptions but there is little doubt in the reader's mind about what happens. Then there are times when the banter and humor of Scottish people comes out to leaven the grim story.
Blood Tears could easily have been just another grim police procedural/ serial killer yarn but Malone has given those tired tropes a kick up the behind. Plenty of earthy humour, likable and colourful characters and a page turning plot that stretches credibility at times but in a good way.