Blood Standard: Isaiah Coleridge Novel 1

G.P. Putnam’s Sons:
New York: 2018
First edition, Hardcover, New in dust jacket,
321 pp.
Cover artwork by: Pete Garceau

I like Laird Barron’s stuff. I mean, I like it a lot. Yeah, many of his stories have had mysterious elements. I like that too. However, as far as I know, this is his first out-and-out mystery novel. That’s cool. . . since I enjoy the occasional mystery. Writing mysteries is probably much more lucrative than writing horror. Besides, should you hit on a popular protagonist (like Isaiah Coleridge maybe) you can potentially carry on for many years, many books and many dollars. Barron’s intelligence and lyrical style may have been diluted a bit in the past by way of a splash of blood and, although mystery novels can most certainly be quite messy when it comes to blood, I’m very much looking forward to giving this one a read. Oh yeah, about the book: "The first in a crime noir series, Isaiah Coleridge is a former mob enforcer banished from his Alaska home after an incident. Sent to a horse farm in the Hudson Valley in NY to recover, he winds up investigating the disappearance of the 18-year-old granddaughter of his hosts." #61578

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