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The Scent of Blood (Nathaniel Singer P.I.) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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When a prominent and controversial physician is killed in an auto accident, his wife suspects murder. She hires private investigator Nathaniel Singer, who quickly realizes his client is almost certainly right: the question isn't why anyone would want Dr. Andrew Carpenter dead, but who among the lengthy list of potential suspects did it? For not only was the deceased doctor being threatened by the Party of God, a militant pro-life group vehemently opposed to Carpenter's stem-cell research, he had also managed to tick off some of his own colleagues, not to mention a police officer with a giant chip on his shoulder. Like Howard Engels' Benny Cooperman novels, this first Singer story relies as much on the charm and wit of its narrator-protagonist as it does on the mystery itself. Miller, a (presumably well-known) New York writer operating under a pseudonym, nicely balances the story's dark, serious elements with its light, breezy narrative, and it's hard to imagine a reader who won't be thoroughly satisfied. Pitt, David
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"A fresh new take on a classic structure--like hearing a twelvebar blues played by a great new talent." -- Lee Child
"A welcome addition to the ranks of hardboiled private eyes with a softer side." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Justice and suffering, guilt and regret are entwined in a plot worthy of Raymond Chandler or Ruth Rendell." -- The Mystery Reader
"Raymond Miller understands the classic hardboiled detective novel...The Scent of Blood balances emotional distress, heated violence and philosophical quandaries, but still manages a breezy and light-hearted tone. Miller's having a grand time playing with the genre." -- The Washington Post
"Intelligent, funny, and compassionate, this wonderful little book (220 pages) breathes new life into the PI novel...[A] rare combination of humor and depth." -- Mystery Scene
"With this literate and engrossing thriller, Raymond Miller makes an impressive entrance onto the private-eye stage. If he can keep up the good work, he will certainly emerge as one of the genre's major players." -- San Diego Union-Tribune
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Top customer reviews
I enjoyed Singer's soliloquies, his sometimes deliberately overblown speech and his protective relationship with his young assistant. The villains might have been a bit 2-dimensional, but the fight scenes were more real than most and I liked the way he brought the killer to justice.
The book left me hoping for more about Singer.
“The Poet Rimbaud once famously declared that “I’ is someone else. This would be a handy slogan for a private detective who has to be someone else every couple of weeks or so in the line of duty”
“When violence is about to threaten the worst mistake you can make, I’ve found, is to assume that you don’t have time to think. Acting without thinking is the definition of panic. You almost always have at least a few seconds to evaluate the situation- to assess your opponents and to assess your own resources. When violence is about to threaten you need to slow yourself down for a moment to think.”
This is the start of a great series for those who love detective stories and mystery. This was a great book and couldn’t hardly wait to finish it to see how it would end (I was tempted to read ahead to the last chapter), but I am glad I read it through because it was a story that you could really get into and the you would miss the best parts.
Singer is not your typical P.I. and if you were to see him on the street the P.I. profession would be the last thing you would guess he would be but by golly he is and he’s one for the books. You will have a hard time waiting for the next book in this new series.
A wife, a husband dead by a hit and run and police that are too star struck to question the report of a top cop.
This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Like all good P. I. novels, it opens with a beautiful woman crying in a gumshoe's office and pleading for help. And the P.I., who's always in need of cash and is a soft touch for a pretty lady, takes the case.
The case involves the death of the celebrated pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Andrew Carpenter, whose work with embryonic cell research has caused quite a stir in the world's scientific community. The widow Carpenter doesn't believe that her husband was the victim of a hit-and-run on a Manhattan street. She's convinced that hubby was murdered and manages to convince Singer that there may be some unanswered questions.
Singer isn't just an ordinary gumshoe. He's an ex-poet who has a way with words and similes and a way of getting information and getting into trouble. He learns that Carpenter is not everything his reputation makes him out to be, and a fundamentalist group, the Party of God, has been sending him threatening messages.
Critic Lee Child described The Scent of Blood: "A fresh new take on a classic structure--like hearing a twelve-bar blues played by a great new talent."
We don't know the real name of this great new talent because Raymond Miller is a non de plume. I wish did, but more important, I wish the next case was solved and ready for publication.
Armchair Interviews says: If you loved the old-style crime noir, and just good writing, this is for you.