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FBI contractor Jake Cole deciphers the language of murderers by reconstructing three-dimensional crime scene models in his head, a talent that has left his nerves frayed and his psyche fragile. Jake returns to Montauk, New York, for the first time in a quarter of a century when his father, a renowned painter, lights himself ablaze and crashes through a plate-glass window. Once home, Jake is pulled into a gruesome local homicide investigation that echoes his mother's murder three decades earlier. As he sifts through the detritus of his father's madness, Jake discovers thousands of seemingly meaningless paintings stacked in the studio - a bizarre trail of dust-covered breadcrumbs the painter left as he tumbled down the rabbit hole of dementia. Breadcrumbs that Jake believes lead to the killer.
Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : Thomas & Mercer, c2012.
ISBN: 9781612182605
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Blood man


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Jul 17, 2012

This book was a quick and mostly high-paced read, but overall I was left feeling a bit hollow at the end. Maybe this was the point and if so, I guess the author accomplished his mission. I thought the twist at the end was kind of predictable, lazy and a betrayal of the reader. The whole book gets you to invest in the main characters and then ultimately let me down. It was very dark and also incredibly gruesome when dealing with the details of the violence that takes place. I suppose the author might be trying to challenge our perceptions of good and evil a la Dexter, but where the story went wrong in this respect is that there was no redemptive force at play. I like the genre but this execution didn't do it for me. It was a bit too much and not enough all at the same time.


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