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Bloodman Paperback – May 15, 2012
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Question: You've said in other interviews that you don't necessarily enjoy focusing on graphic scenes in your writing, yet Bloodman contains some fairly disturbing descriptions. Why did you choose to include them?
Robert Pobi: Bloodman is a story that has a serial killer at its core, so there are going to be some unpleasant things that have to be done. I couldn't have written the book without showing how the characters were affected by what was going on around them. I had to show what they had seen. So we both had to visit a disturbing headspace, the readers and I. The trick was to do it without making it lurid--which, in the end, made it even more jarring.
Q: Tell us about the research involved in creating such an isolated setting and complex characters.
RP: The first time I went to Montauk, I knew I'd end up writing about it. The hurricane idea grew because to this day, you still hear stories about the 1938 Long Island Express, the storm that nearly flattened the island. And I needed a place where a famous artist could live in relative obscurity, so it all came together. In hindsight, I had been collecting research for this book for a long time. Mindhunter, by Mark Olshaker and John Douglas, set the whole thing in motion. And from there I spun off into newspaper archives, interviews, news footage, and biographies. All the things I read helped me nail down my main character, Jake Cole, because they all became part of his lexicon, his day at the office. And I tried to give the hurricane, Dylan, some good chapters. He took a bit of research. The National Hurricane Center was very helpful.
Q: Which other authors or books have influenced your writing?
RP: The novel that made me realize that popular fiction could be smart was The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian. Every author has that one book that he loves; The Eiger Sanction is mine. I keep a copy of it on my desk. The only other obvious one, I guess, would be Thomas Harris's Red Dragon. It's a beautiful novel, and I'd be lying if I didn’t admit that the specter of it was behind me during all the late nights I worked on Bloodman. Seth Morgan’s novel, Homeboy, knocked me out. Morgan had a massive voice. I wish he'd written more. I heard that the first chapter of his second novel is floating around out there. Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream still mesmerize me. I don't know how he did it, I really don't. And if I don't mention The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I'll regret it.
Q: Have you considered trying your hand at other genres?
RP: I'm working on contractual obligations for different publishers right now, so my roster for the next two years is: psychological thriller, horror story, techno-thriller, detective story. I honestly can't see writing only one kind of book for the rest of my career. I wouldn't know how. Since different countries have different perceptions of Bloodman, I get to flex a lot of different muscles, and I love the freedom. There are too many things I need to try.
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The night Cole arrives at his childhood home, now full of garbage and scotch bottles, he receives a call from the local sheriff. They found two bodies in a house up the beach from his father's place, a woman and a child both skinned alive. For Cole, this is a gut punch. The horrific scene at the crime is familiar, he recognizes the murderer's work from his own tortured past. Desperate to quickly finish his father's affairs and run home to his own wife and son, Cole now feels compelled to stay and work on this case. His eidetic memory, commonly referred to as photographic memory, allows him to reconstruct three-dimensional crime scenes in his mind, and provides him with an unusual skill that can assist the overwhelmed small town police force.
Everything about Agent Cole is unusual. A recovering substance abuse addict with the entire text of Dante's "Inferno" tattooed on his body, he can verbally shred an officer foolish enough to laugh at a crime scene, mentally suppress the graphic "pornography" of his job, and still come across as a devoted husband and father.Read more ›
I'm not sure why this book has the hype and the advertising. The writing is bloated and repetitive. Full of cliches. Plot is ridiculous and requires an acceptance of so many incredulous coincidences, unrealistic behavior, etc.
Unfortunately if you are a sophisticated enough fan of this genre, you are familiar with the frustration of failures such as this. You have to wade through a dozen books like this to find one gem.
This is a tale which starts out well. Serial killer novels are almost a genre in their own right these days, with authors vying for the most outlandish ways for the victims to be offed and here we have an especially unpleasant series of killings. Jake Cole, a consultant to the FBI has a remarkable mental ability and attention to detail whereby he is able to visit a crime scene and then replay it in his mind subsequently searching for evidence which was missed during the first physical inspection. He is in the area when a particularly nasty double murder takes place which involves the victims being skinned alive and is drafted in to help the local police. It seemed to be shaping up for an interesting read.
Jake is not the most believable of investigators and it seems unlikely that the FBI should have employed someone who is so mentally and physically flawed which makes the basis of this tale a bit unlikely. I felt the story did not keep up its initial momentum and in particular did flag significantly in the middle. A lot of the narrative at that point contributed little and really felt like padding which was a shame as the story started to drag. The action certainly steps up towards the end and the climax is not without its twists and turns, although by that point this story had got rather convoluted and it was really not very believable.Read more ›
By: Robert Pobi
In my opinion, this book has the full package: intriguing and unique characters; professional, well-done writing; atmosphere and an excellent plot.
Jack Cole works for the FBI. He comes home for the first time in 25 years. While seeing to his father's health problems a double homicide has him entangled in a time ticking race to find out the "who" and "why."
While reading this book I was totally consumed with the storyline. I had some questions that I thought were plot holes but in the end, it was not the case because it ties together in the denouement. The best part is that I didn't see this ending coming!
Bloodman is a book that definitely captures several genres (mystery, suspense, thriller, and horror) and does them all very well.
I am looking forward to Robert Pobi's next book, Mannheim Rex. The Toymaker's Children also sounds really good and that is due out in the Spring of 2013.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unbelievable reading did not have an idea on who was committing the crimes. Great reading.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
You get to believe in and like the main character, even start to identify with him. Great story - pulls you in and turns into a real page turner until the last page. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. Meyers
Did not like the book. Too much use of the "F" word. Only read about 2 chapters.Published 12 months ago by Sarah Clarke
One of the worst books I have ever read. Predictable and completely contrived. Any aspiring writers should give it a read; if this guy can get a book deal, anyone can.Published 12 months ago by reesemeese
The author's ability to create graphic images is amazing.
While it can be quite gruesome - the twists and turns that the story takes keep you on the edge of your seat. Read more