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When half-brothers Mick and Jerzy Sawyer are summoned to their father's prison deathbed, it isn't for a tearful goodbye. The spiteful old man tells the two estranged brothers about an old diamond heist with outstanding loot, and sets them on a path of cooperation and competition to recover the jewels.

Jerzy is the quintessential career criminal, fresh out of a short bit and looking to get back into the action right away. Mick is the failed cop and tainted hero struggling to get by with a clean life that doesn't seem to ever pay off.

Both men see this score as their ticket out of Chicago. Throw in the mysterious, blond Ania, and Blood on Blood is hardboiled Hardy Boys meets Cain and Abel. Jerzy and Mick battle each other for all of it - the diamonds, the girl, and survival - and nothing else matters...not even blood.

"Dark and nasty good." (Brad Parks, Shamus and Nero Award-Winning author of The Girl Next Door)

©2012 Frank Scalise and Jim Wilksy (P)2013 Frank Scalise and Jim Wilsky

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Mick, Jerzy and Ania....deceit

What an entertaining read! Two half brothers who hate each other. A dying father who hates his sons. A sexy blonde who has both boy's attention....Stolen jewelry to find.
Crime. Violence. Killings. Shadey characters. Smokey noir. Excellent entertainment.
I listened to Audible version. It was performed masterly. Different voices with different accents for each character. Made the story feel like a movie. 5 Stars all around!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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An odd family the last bequest of a dying father, find the loot of diamonds. Will the estrange brothers go for it. Interesting, and audio was enjoyable. Given audio for my voluntary review

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an enjoyable Romo on the dark side

Pretty enjoyable listen. it moves quickly and does not disappoint. it's a good intro to the characters. looking forward to the next book.

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  • 08-05-22

Really enjoyable. My kind of book!

The first book proper in co-authors Zafiro and Wilsky's Ania series, though this was subsequently followed by a prequel after they had penned three Ania books in total.

What's to like, what's not to like???

Chicago setting - a plus

Family dynamics and tension - a plus

Back story with grudges, resentments, anger, memories, different mothers - all a plus

A funeral, a reluctant alliance, and a jewel hunt - a plus

Brotherly love or not - contrasts, differences, similarities, feelings towards each other, assessment of each other, behaviour - surprises or predictability, a true partnership or one of convenience - all interesting angles in seeing them both separately and together - a plus

Bent retired cops, current criminals, mob rivalry, a planned hit - a plus

A bar maid, also a spy, also a hot lover, also a schemer, a planner, a confidence woman, a head turner and a heartbreaker - a plus

A collision, scratch that - multiple collisions and clashes, including an epic restaurant scene - a plus

The outcome - a plus.

Debbie Downers on the book?

Length - a common complaint. Echoing my wife - I would have been happier if it was a bit longer.

Overall - very satisfying

4.5 from 5

Harbinger was enjoyed previously.

Read - (listened to) April, 2022
Published - 2012
Page count - 242 (6 hrs 45 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible