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Iles Greg
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Feb. 15 2005 Brilliance Audio on Compact Disc

Catherine “Cat” Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat’s colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

Cat’s latest case involves a disturbing murder in New Orleans. Banishing her personal demons, she focuses on the potential killer, until one morning she’s paralyzed by a panic attack at a grisly murder scene. Praying the attack is a onetime event, she continues her job as a consultant to the New Orleans Police Department, but when another victim dies in the same shocking way—raising fears that a serial killer is at large—Cat blacks out over the victim’s mutilated corpse.

Suspended from the FBI task force, plagued by nightmares, and at odds with her married lover—a homicide detective—Cat finally reaches her breaking point. In a desperate effort to regain control over a life spiraling out of control, Cat retreats to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. But her family’s secluded antebellum estate provides no sanctuary.

When some of Cat’s forensic chemicals are spilled in her childhood bedroom, two bloody footprints are revealed. This sight shocks her more than any corpse she has seen in her career. Cat’s father was murdered when she was eight years old, but she always believed the crime occurred in the garden outside their home. The bloody footprints suggest otherwise.

Driven by this fragment of her past, Cat attempts a forensic reconstruction of the decades-old crime, even as developments with the New Orleans task force pull her back into the case she left behind. Plagued by troubling nightmares, Cat pieces together the horrifying events she has been shielded from all her life. Soon, both she and the FBI realize that the murders occurring now in New Orleans are intimately bound up with Cat’s family and her past.

Can Cat trust her own memories? Or has the truth been so distorted that she can never know her family’s real history? Finding a solution to these intertwined murders means more than stopping a remorseless killer—it may be the only way to save Cat Ferry’s sanity...and her life.

Greg Iles is a masterful storyteller. In this dramatic novel of suspense he deftly probes the relationship between good and evil, and the unique power of human memory to reconstruct—or completely reinvent—the past.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Review Of “Blood Memory” by Greg Iles 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Iles novel.. 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!! July 1 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner June 2 2005
I started reading this book and could not put it down. I read it in record times. This is a fantastic book. A page-turner that keeps you guessing. I admit I figured out most of the "Who-did-what" but I still loved it all. I admire the fact that Mr Iles seemed to have researched his material quite a bit. The psychology of sexual abuse was very real.
Not in the same genre as Footprints of God but VERY good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching June 24 2013
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This is a very interesting and psychological thriller. Even when you aren't reading it is on you mind. I couldn't put it down.
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