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Bloodstorm [Paperback]

Sam Millar

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Book Description

Oct. 2 2008
Karl Kane is a private investigator with a dark past. As a child, he witnessed the brutal rape and murder of his mother. The same man sexually molested and stabbed Karl, leaving him for dead. Years later, Karl has a chance to avenge his mother's murder by killing the man responsible. For reasons he later regards as cowardice, Karl allows the opportunity to slip through his hands, only to be shattered when, days later, two young girls are sexually molested and then brutally murdered by the killer on Easter morning. Karl now holds himself responsible for their deaths. "A dark violent noir odyssey of injustice, mercy and nerve. Be prepared..."-The Thrilling Detective Magazine "Bloodstorm is a real find for aficionados of the classic hard-boiled novel who would like to see the form updated without it smelling like an anachronism."-Booklist "Powerful first of a new crime series.... The consistently tough prose should help gain Millar fans in the U.S. with a taste for the hard-boiled."-Publisher Weekly

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon; 1st edition (Oct. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863223753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863223754
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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the first in a powerful new crime series from Millar. Extremely original, it is a chillingly gripping book. Publishers Weekly Gritty and gripping, Bloodstorm, is a real page-turner - and indeed a chapter-turner. The beginning of a chilling series Anderstown News Crime noir doesn't get much darker or grittier than this shocking tale of corruption and revenge... Booklist

About the Author

Sam Millar is a bestselling crime writer and playwright from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has won numerous literary awards and his books have all been critically praised.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! June 17 2010
By Susie - Published on
Bloodstorm is the first book I read by Sam Millar.

The man is genius, I read this book in one sitting, immediately started The Dark Place and read that in one sitting too.

After finishing The Dark Place I ordered every book of his I could find.

I think he's brilliant.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard core and hard boiled Dec 29 2008
By Dman4227 - Published on
I am not one to write reviews, but I had to write one after reading the one posted review for this book. I just finished this book and found it to be a very engaging read. This is hard-boiled noir! I would recommend this book for anyone who likes the same authors that I do. My favorites include Ken Bruen (This will remind you of the Taylor novels, not a copy of them, but influenced by them), Jason Starr, Victor Gischler, Sean Doolittle, Duane Swierczynski, Anthony Neil Smith, Pearce Hansen , Charlie Huston, Thuglit, and the old UglyTown publications.
I don't want to recap the book, I just want to give the book its due. The book is dark, semi-violent, and hard core. If these are three words you look for when choosing a book, then grab this one and enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've ever read! Sept. 24 2011
By Anthony B. Thomas - Published on
I'm a mystery/thriller addict having read over 500 titles by various authors. I rank Sam Millar right along side with Lee Child and John Connolly. I think the Eurpean authors are far superior to the American writers...I'm an American by the way. Do yourself a huge reading favor and order ALL his books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of crime, mystery, and noir Aug. 7 2010
By anna klein - Published on
BLOODSTORM is a firm, five star crime, mystery, and noir
I am that type of reader that wants to read a review that
states the calliber of the book, and barely reveals any
of the events of the book. I do not want to know in advance
about anything. I want to discover, enjoy, be absolutely
shocked and have many "aha" moments. I want articulate
writing and heavy cultural influences.
You will get all of that and so much more in this book
featuring Karl Kane, a private investigator.
I read this book in a day and really had trouble
putting it down. You will want more, a lot more
from Sam Millar after reading BLOODSTORM!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodstorm, by Sam Millar; Book 1 of his Karl Kane series Jan. 3 2010
By ML Noir - Published on
I am continuing my own crash course in noir fiction, classic and contemporary.
Reading the Prologue of Bloodstorm, I was shocked, as gang of men commit horrendous violence against a woman. I was ready to close the book and not read on.
Depiction of violence against women is a serious and controversial issue; but Millar is in not a misogynist and the violence in his books (against women or men) is central to the stories and to the emotional effects. The horror in the Prologue makes the evil REALLY EVIL, and the possibility of revenge cathartic.
In Chapter 1, detective Karl Kane appears; a likeable, non-sexist and nonviolent man. He is visited by a mysterious Mr. Munday, who wants information about a body found in the Botanic Gardens.
Later, the scene moves to a pub. A man having a beer meets a "pretty young woman." They have sex at his house, but eventually the woman pitilessly tortures and murders the man.
Two killings. Do they tie in to the events of the Prologue? The murders continue--with horrors made more grotesque by Millar's uncompromising style:
" . . . this thing had once been human, but now, removed of all skin, it resembled something from an abbatoir, freshly slaughtered with the stench of death and decay on it."
This repugnant evil keeps the reader really on edge, and it keeps the plot gripping. That's Millar's art, in all its imaginative fearlessness.
The story races toward an unexpected, gothic climax. As in much top-notch noir fiction, the climax gives the reader a strong sense of moral ambiguity. Questionable justice may be reached, yet the world remains an unfair place.
Although Bloodstorm is not for everyone, I do highly recommend it for fans of hard core noir who can stomach the type of rough but non-exploitative violence that expertly drives the plot and shakes the reader out of his/her comfort zone.

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