Former FBI agent and psychological profiler Robert Payne is on the trail of a serial killer. A 12 year old girl has been murdered and mutilated, and the detective assigned to the case wound up dead. Now Nora Conners, the girl's wealthy mother, has hired Payne to solve the murder and bring closure. After narrowing his search to three men, a televangelist, a honey salesman, and an art teacher, all living in the small Iowa town of New Hope, Payne begins to narrow the field, posing as a journalist.
That's just the start. As the daughter of one of the suspects joins the list of victim, and the woman who hired him is murdered, Payne finds himself on a race to solve the case before he himself is implicated.
Taut, suspenseful, and filled with the quirky details and character flaws that are the hallmark of Ed Gorman's fiction, Blood Moon is a wonderful introduction to a very memorable character. Be sure to follow his adventures through the other three Robert Payne novels, Hawk Moon, Voodoo Moon, and Harlot's Moon.
©1994 Ed Gorman (P)2012 David N. Wilson
If you can't handle books that include gruesome things involving puppies and children, you may want to avoid this one.
The main storyline is an ex FBI agent investigating a case - the character is likable and the investigation is intriguing and the narrator has an appropriate style and pleasant voice.
The back story is in prison and gets pretty ugly. I skipped over most of these scenes without losing the plot line of the main story.
Eventually of course the two storylines merge and it gets pretty sickening toward the end. By then I was caught up in the plot enough that I stuck it out but I had to remove the earbuds off and on.
I might try some more of the Robert Payne series as Ed Gorman is an excellent writer. The dialogue is believable and the story flows nicely.
This was a fast pace great character build up book. I couldn't wait for the next one because it could only get better.
Probably, yes. In a movie the storyline would be there but the over abundance of descriptive words would not.
The overall book was good. The storyline was enjoyable. I just found that it was so incredibly wordy and overly descriptive that it was distracting. If I could talk to the author it would be to leave a bit to the reader's imagination.
Most memorable moment: former FBI agent who has been fired on twice is taken unaware for the third time in a row. He is too distracted by his thoughts to notice being tailed after telling us it is hard to tail a car in a small town. Reading is competent but uninspired.
This was pretty bad. Couldn't continue on. Performance reminiscent of Stuart McLean (who is not my cup of tea). Writing attempts to emulate noir fiction but fails and is cringingly bad.
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