Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sam Millar's Bloodstorm

Bloodstorm was a very interesting book. I must admit, I was a bit irresolute about reading this book after the author himself gave me a warning saying the book was "very gory and in very bad taste", and, I have to agree, he was right. However, once all of that was waded through, I found that I really enjoyed the story, and characters, and was glad I wasn't easily dissuaded.

Karl Kane is a Belfast P.I who is all but broke because of a tendency to lose money on playing cards or the horses. As he is sitting in his office contemplating how to pay the bills, in walks his next paycheck in the form of Mr. Munday who needs some information about a recently killed friend. $500 dollars now, and $500 when the P.I finds out the where, when and how seems like a pretty good, quick, and easy, job. A chat with some acrimonious cops and Kane is set. Six days later, Mr. Munday returns to not only find out the answer to his questions, but also with another request to find out information about some prostitutes, this time for $1000 up front. Kane isn't sure about his clients motives and decides to turn him down. Unfortunately, however, a chain of events has already been set in motion, including the death of his client, and regardless of what the impecunious investigator wants, his conscience decides he must finish what he started.

It's not a story for the feint of heart, and I often thought to myself "that was more than I wanted to know", but, I found as it went along, the crudity lightened up and the story and characters became more my focus. I'm glad I stuck with it and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Bloodstorm

8 comments:

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Great review. This sounds like something I might read.

Glenna said...

I think you'd like it Sean.

seana said...

Millar is one I haven't gotten on to yet. is he a Requiems for the Departed find?

He might be a bit gory for me, but it sounds like a good premise.

Glenna said...

Seana, yes, he did one of the stories I really liked. Honestly, it wasn't so much the gore as it was the crudity. The main character has hemorrhoids, and you get to read all about it. I did enjoy the plot line though.

seana said...

Oh, that kind of crudity. Not my favorite, but I can handle it for the sake of a good story. I'll check out his story in Requiems and see what I think.

Glenna said...

That's probably the best way. Enjoy Requiems, there are some pretty interesting stories in it.

sam millar said...

Glenna
thank you for taking the time out to read Bloodstorm, and for the kind words. Very much appreciated.
Sam

Glenna said...

You're welcome. I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to getting into The Dark Place soon.