Bloodstorm Paperback – Oct 2 2008
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"Twisty, dark, and fetic as a maze of back alleys, this vivid ramble...packs a powerful punch."
About the Author
L'Irlandais Sam Millar ecrit comme pour se venger de quelque chose. Plutot, pour faire sortir de lui l'horreur des vingt annees passees en prison pour activisme au sein de l'IRA, les souvenirs de lutte et la violence des combats auxquel il a ete mele. Il a recu en 1998 le Brian Moore Short Story Award et est l'auteur remarque de trois romans parus chez Brandon, dont Fayard a acquis les droits. Un nouveau venu sur la scene noire, un grand ecrivain du frisson.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
Derek Raymond (factory series), Ken Bruen, Stuart Neville, Gene Kerrigan, Benjamin Black, Jonathan Dunne or Mark Dawson (Soho Noir series).
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.
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.
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!!