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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO; Library edition (Feb. 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590866010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590866016
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 6.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,782,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Iles's previous thriller, 2003's provocative The Footprints of God, featured an omnipotent supercomputer and an on-the-run duo racing around the globe from North Carolina to Jerusalem. This time, Iles returns to more familiar ground: Natchez, Miss.; New Orleans; and the Mississippi delta, where a serial predator has been killing middle-aged men. Forensic odontologist Cat Ferry, an expert on teeth and the damage they can inflict, is called in by the New Orleans PD to explain the bite marks found on the bodies. Cat, the alcoholic granddaughter of Dr. William Kirkland, owner of the sprawling Malmaison estate and the richest, most powerful man in Natchez, has solved previous murders with her married detective lover, Sean Regan. This time, though, she's pregnant with Sean's baby, and this plus the discovery of old bloody footprints hidden in the carpet fibers of her Malmaison childhood bedroom threaten to plummet her into the depression that's plagued her since she was 15. She thinks one footprint might be hers, made on the night her father died of an ill-explained gunshot wound. Iles weaves in dark strains of child sexual abuse and the resulting repressed memories as Cat searches for the serial killer and for answers about her father's death. This overlong novel lacks the scintillating originality that made Iles's last outing so memorable, but he ties up all the loose ends in an exciting climax.
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In his ninth book, Iles returns to the Deep South, an old Natchez mansion to be exact, where 31-year-old Catherine Ferry, a forensic specialist, retreats after panic attacks interfere with her work on what appears to be a string of serial killings. No sooner does she arrive than she discovers that the facts of her privileged if troubled youth in the house, where black servants still cater to the whims of Cat's racist, iron-willed grandfather, are an elaborate fiction. In her quest for the truth, especially about the brutal death of her father, she opens the door to a disturbing family history that puts her at both physical and emotional risk--and, eventually, leads her to the doorstep of an unusual serial killer. Iles' dialogue leaves something to be desired this time around ("I have to keep digging until I uncover the truth. If I don't, I'll go mad"), and a heavy dose of melodrama (Cat, a longtime alcoholic with bipolar disease, goes cold turkey when she discovers she's pregnant) gets in the way of the mystery. Still, this provocative tale of twisted lives and dark, agonizing secrets delivers enough atmospheric suspense to keep Iles' many fans entertained till the last page. Stephanie Zvirin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 2 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I knew what to expect from this with I saw an endorsement by Dan Brown on the cover, and I was right; it’s a fast-reading thriller with plot twists and sometimes unbelievable coincidences. I would have rated this a 5 or 6 except that its main theme concerns sexual abuse, which also makes it painful and informative to read.
Blood Memory is about a woman involved in the investigation of serial murders, when she finds out her family is involved in some way, starting from when she was a child. The protagonist is believable; you want to find out her secrets as much as she does.
It’s a disturbing read, but if you’re unfamiliar with the horrors of sexual abuse, it’s a learning experience, although I wouldn’t read it again; it’s a thriller meant for a long airplane ride or similar break.
The author writes the following before the story begins:
"This novel is dedicated to those women who realize in the dead of night that something is wrong, and has been for a long time. More than most, they know that Faulkner’s words are true: “There is no such thing as WAS–only IS. If WAS existed, there would be no grief or sorrow.” You are not alone."
This dedication is much more poignant after you finish the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WP on June 8 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As with all other Iles books I have read, the author does not disappoint with Blood Memory. It is a page-turner and as described, skin-crawling. It may be a little too disturbing for some, but again, the nature of the book has been well researched. It definitely opened my eyes to a world I hope never to know personally...at least where my own children are concerned. I did find the book a bit predictable though...but a very good read regardless.
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By Charles A. Simmons on July 1 2005
Format: Hardcover
Much of BLOOD MEMORY is a recounting of Cat's hazy recollections of her early childhood. She fondly remembers her beloved father, Luke, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Cat's grandfather, Dr. William Kirkland, is a powerful, tough, and influential businessman who has no tolerance for weakness. Her mother and aunt are unhappy women with serious personal problems of their own. Only by delving into her past will Cat uncover the dark secrets that have caused her so much pain for so many years. Both in flashback and in the present, the author provides evocative and vivid descriptions of Natchez, Mississippi, Cat's and Iles' home town. In BLOOD MEMORY, the latest novel from Greg Iles, elderly men who seem to have nothing in common are being tortured and murdered. The grizzly crimes are carried out by a gunshot to the spine, then mauling by human teeth, and finally a point blank shot to the head. Not for the faint-hearted. Also highly recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD--A tour of southern homes and gardens----very intense, funny, jaw-dropping, and above all, well-written.
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