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.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This book had some good ideas and a strong main character. I found that the twists and turns were contrived and not very well executed.
Fit the nature of the main character.
The lack of professionalism and weak nature of the protagonist was off putting. There were scenes in the book, that just did not ring true, and I am one who usually gives the author slack in this department. The dialogue did not seem authentic.
I like a good detective story, and don't mind blood and violence, but this was beyond the pale. Several scenes involving puppies were way too much for me, and what I believe was the final denouement was just unnecessarily disgusting. I will not finish this book.
He was boring.
The reader leaves MUCH to be desired... and as some have pointed out some of the material is extremely disturbing, in this case I feel having had the narration so droll it made it a little less disgusting to "hear" not less disgusting as context. you may feel it's jumping all over the place and really it is... it SOMEWHAT comes together in the end. I don't recommend on any level.
Decent narration but incoherent and totally unbelievable story. Primitive writing. Dialogs at the sixth grade level. I will never read anything else by this "author"
I'd change pretty much everything. The hero starts o'k but by the end he is blindly walking into such glaringly obvious traps that one starts wondering how that guy had managed to survive and even become a private detective.
The setting (especially the end) is so melodramatically bad - it becomes morbidly funny. I kept expecting Jaws to appear, gnashing his iron teeth :) Poor puppies, rats, underground cellars, dropping guns, girls killed by dozens (all the while poor reader wonders what was the real FBI doing while dozens and dozens of kids kept dissapearing, unfortunately the author is not bound by such realistic concerns).
I do not mind gory when gory is necessary but this was excessive, over the top and mostly not needed. O'K, we know the main villain is a sadistic SOB after the first puppy - how many more explicit sadistic scenes does a reader need?
Most definitely not.
Nothing. But I would be sorry for anybody who had to narrate such trash.
Feel like reading about Dr.Lecter - need a dose of elegant smarts LOL
Story was wandering, I had to stop and try to remember the story line. Worst mystery book ever listened to. Solution was surprising but only about fifteen minutes at end was good
This was not a performance. It was simply someone reading a book. If the story hadn't been so good I would not have stuck with it. No character inflections or emotion what so ever. Too bad.
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