The book is a violent and intelligent thriller, and includes elements of dark humor. It tends to disturb and enthrall the readers in equal proportions. The intricate plot, believable characters, and high-pitched dialogue were liked by the critics and readers very much. If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. Our author of the month is Canadian author Opal Carew who writes erotic romance novels. Opal has written over novels with multiple book series such as the Dirty Talk series and the Abducted series. Malone Books In Order.
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Tough, funny, dark and so in your face it hurts, a superb piece of writing --Ken Bruen, novelist Michael J. Malone is one of those new writers that you feel you've known a long time. Blood Tears blasts onto the Tartan Noir scene like a bullet. Big, bold themes and terrific humour amidst the darkness makes this my debut of the year. He has little respect for the shackles of bureaucracy and authority and tends to get results by more direct and unorthodox methods, sometimes clearly to his detriment.
He has a close friendship from childhood with a local crimelord who is indebted to him and it is this ambivalence that helps to make McBain so fascinating. A solid piece of work. Always good to discover another good Scottish crime writer. Ray is a detective who suffer bad dreams. They get worse as he begins to investigate a gruesome killing. Aug 13, Jason Beech rated it really liked it. It soon moves to the protagonist, Ray McBain, a Glaswegian detective who recognises the ideology behind the murder before the other cops do, and even before seeing the body.
What follows is a cop on the run, who must prove his innocence before his now-former colleagues catch him again. The only problem is, he is starting to wonder if he actually did kill the man. I read a Goodreads reviewer rate this book down because she thought the protagonist too unlikeable. McBain is definitely flawed.
He should have left the case to other detectives because of his connection. He continues to use her and his detective friend Daryl Drain great name to help clear his name, increasing their chances of career suicide for them not bringing him in. He swears like a mothertrucker, is having an affair with a married woman, and is friendly with a heavy-duty gangster.
The reviewer surely has a point.
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All those flaws make the character interesting. He even uses hotel staff to check his room out before he goes in, scared the murderer might lie in wait.
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You do need to empathise, however. The nuns run the school like a prisoner of war camp, where the kids are always one misstep from an eternity in hell.
The book does get stretched at times. He seems to lose weight pretty quickly, which helps to hide his identity along with his newly dyed hair, and you would think the husband of the woman he is having an affair with would push back when he finds out about the dalliance. But overall, the book kept you guessing, had plenty to grip you, and the reveal at the end about what happened to all the kids in the orphanage is genuinely upsetting. Jun 13, Ian Ayris rated it it was amazing. Blood Tears begins with the killer's eye view of a particularly gruesome murder of an old man.
DI McBain narrates the vast majority of the book. He is a good-humoured, self-effacing sort - a detective of the old school. His team are brilliantly drawn and assembled by Malone, making for a strong supporting cast in a cracker of a book. What Malone does so brilliantly is str Blood Tears begins with the killer's eye view of a particularly gruesome murder of an old man. What Malone does so brilliantly is stretch the first person narration technique to a point where DI McBain leaps off the page straight into the reader's head.
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And that's not an easy thing to do. As the murders continue, and the religious aspect of the crimes becomes obvious - the victims all stigmatered up, as it were - we think this is a case DI McBain can really get his teeth into. Feathers and blood and an old man pleading for his life. And when DI McBain's closest colleague discovers Ray has been witholding evidence vital to the case, she has no choice but to bring it to the powers that be.
So we follow Ray on the run from his own Force, suspected of murder, and only Kenny, his old schoolfriend - now Underworld face - to protect him. Ray begins to unravel before our very eyes. But he is so likeable still. And that is the beauty of this book - it's power. The more Ray McBain seems like he has more of a part to play in the crimes than is at first obvious, the more vulnerable he becomes. It leaves the reader having to deal with the prospect that a character that has made them laugh, made them cry, made them feel, could have committed these horrendously violent acts.
But Malone has written this character so brilliantly, we just hope beyond hope Ray really is as innocent as he believes. Then there comes the point in the book where Ray himself begins to doubt even his own innocence, and at that point I realised how completely taken in I was by this book. I thought, no, Ray, don't do this to me. And when the ending came, well, you'll have to read the book to find that one out. This book had me gripped by the throat from first page to last. Jun 25, Damien Seaman rated it it was amazing.
For all its grittiness and the seriousness of its underlying themes, Blood Tears is also funny and even fun. Detective Inspector Ray McBain is our flawed hero, a successful Glasgow detective with a chip on his shoulder and a few enemies on the force. A brutal killing leads him to the doors of the Catholic orphanage he attended as a boy, but he refuses to reveal his links to the orphanage or step down from the investigation.
The que For all its grittiness and the seriousness of its underlying themes, Blood Tears is also funny and even fun. The question, of course, is why he refuses. If at first it seems like straightforward ambition to crack a high profile case, events soon make us believe that there's much more to it than that. Having a hero whose mind begins to unravel - and I mean really unravel, as McBain's does here - with the strain of the case is the kind of twist we haven't seen done this convincingly since the glory days of the pulps in the 30s and 40s.
Throw in a few well-timed gags, a Rocky montage and a bit of serial killer frippery, and what you've got is an author who refuses to play it safe. In chapter nine the book veers from a running gag that made me laugh out loud to a revelation about the case involving paedophilia, all in the space of five paragraphs.
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Now how many authors would dare to do that? And how many authors would pull it off? And it's liberating for the reader, this willingness to take risks. Despite the questions the book raises about organised religion, poverty and the nature of justice, ultimately it feels as though Malone's priority is to entertain us, and in that he succeeds brilliantly. Some bad things happened to him there, and somehow these things are coming back to haunt him now.. The plot could definitely have worked — ok, yes, we might have seen it all before, but it could work.
I liked where it could have gone, but alas… no.. Nothing in this book surprises you.. The book tries to trick you into believing who the killer could be, you just never believe it. What was that all about? Was it even necessary at all? No, it was not. Jul 26, Bill Kirton rated it it was amazing. Here's a welcome new bunch of coppers and others that we'll be getting to know even better in their I hope many future investigations. The new man on the block, D. Ray McBain, is dysfunctional in ways undreamed of by his predecessors in the genre.
His issues go deep.
But, as well as being very good at his job, he's characterized by a great sense of humour and access to a stream of one-liners which make us want to spend lots of time in his company. Mind you, some of the other characters have Here's a welcome new bunch of coppers and others that we'll be getting to know even better in their I hope many future investigations.
Mind you, some of the other characters have their own versions of the same quick wit and ambiguous attitudes to procedures, so humour is always there to counterbalance the story's darker recesses and there are plenty of those. The dialogue's sharp and snappy and contributes to the great tensions Malone creates as McBain seems to make dangerous choices and penetrate into memories and events that coagulate around many nasty hidden secrets.
As well as warming to McBain through his humour and the strength of his determination to catch the villains, readers will sense a vulnerability which surfaces at times to add to his complexities. As I said, this looks like a Scottish cop who'll take his place among the stars of the genre. Jun 14, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Blood Tears by Michael J Malone was recommended to me by a friend and it was a great suggestion.
Ray MacBain is a successful Glasgow detective but one who has a dark secret that is affecting his mental health. Sent to investigate a horrific killing we then see him afflicted with troubling dreams. He fails to disclose his time there and continues to lead the investigation. However this has serio Blood Tears by Michael J Malone was recommended to me by a friend and it was a great suggestion.
However this has serious repercussions for him and as other similar killings occur, MacBain finds himself a suspect. His career and even his life are at stake. The author tackles the topic of paedophilia and abuse by those in power over children, not an easy task but one which is brilliantly pulled off.
The dialogue is as gritty and realistic as you would expect for Glasgow policemen but there are some marvellously funny one liners as well which lightens the dark nature of the novel. There is a surprising twist at the end when the perpetrator of these crimes is revealed. The book of course makes the reader consider how vulnerable children are treated by those supposedly with their best interests at heart and more troublingly how abuse is covered up.
Aug 29, Katherine rated it liked it. I'm something of a sucker for crime fiction - trashy or high-brow - I'm not really that fussy. If I remember rightly, this was a free download from Amazon for my Kindle and it was surprising. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed - and other parts I thought were a bit dull. For the most part, Malone kept up the pace well, although the I personally could have done without so much detail on McBaine's downward spiral early on in the book and would have preferred a little more information a I'm something of a sucker for crime fiction - trashy or high-brow - I'm not really that fussy.
For the most part, Malone kept up the pace well, although the I personally could have done without so much detail on McBaine's downward spiral early on in the book and would have preferred a little more information about how the case was progressing. I don't want to say too much about the plot and spoil twists and turns for other readers, other than that I found some elements of the book surprising and others incredibly predictable. I'd worked out who the killer was relatively early on, but there were a few plot twists that I didn't see coming, however, and it was these that made this book compelling to read.
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If you enjoy dark crime fiction, I'd definitely give this one a read. It's not going to light up the world but there's enough in there to keep you turning the pages. As his mind begins to unravel his life follows suit as a brutal murder has links with his childhood in a Catholic monastery.
Only in Glasgow could we have comedy alongside paedophilia and Michael Malone manages to pull it off. This book gripped me right from the start, the subject horrifying yet still managed to make me laugh.
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