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Blood and Bone [Hardcover]

William Lashner
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061143480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061143489
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,487,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Blood And Bone is William Lashner's first stand-alone thriller, and involves an unemployed slacker who finds himself enmeshed as a suspect in a murder case when his father's former law partner is murdered. Overall, my reaction to Blood And Bone is somewhat mixed. On the positive side, Lashner's plot is very fast-paced and and involves some interesting twists and turns. Further, while the story line is at times contrived, I think you'll find it is entertaining and written in a style that will keep you engrossed enough to see what happens next. It is a good choice for a plane ride or a vacation while relaxing at a pool or beach. These positives, however, were almost equally offset by some negatives in the areas of characterization and dialogue. In my opinion Lashner has the main character wallowing too much in his own self-pity and his other characters are very thinly developed, with some bordering on stick-like figures. I felt that I never really got to know and understand these characters well enough; and, thus, never cared much about them. Further, the dialogue Lashner has his characters speak comes across at times as just too glib and hip, and at other times as somewhat childish; and not "real world" enough for this reader. Had Lashner provided the same level of attention to character development and prose as he provides in his books featuring Victor Carl, Blood And Bone could easily have been worthy of a 4-star rating and possibly a 5-star rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars new direction 14 May 2010
By C.Elder
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
After a great series of novels featuring Victor Carl ,a clever ,amoral lawyer in Philly,ennui set in (which could be seen in the last VC novel which seemed "dashed off" )and Lashner has moved into non-VC territory with this effort.
He has not strayed too far,however.All the elements of the VC novels are still there-Philly;seedy characters;long-ago events influencing the present; corruption; father issues;interesting women;strange-ish side characters;and something rotten at the heart of it all.The main character could be VC,and shares many traits with him.He stumbles across an old scandal that has resonance today as the original participants are on the verge of important things.The scandal threatens to come back to life,as long ago documents are found and pursued by various parties.Some want to destroy the docs;some want to expose the scandal;some want to be paid off.And someone wants to tie up all the loose ends permanently.
A satisfying read,but I felt that Lashner again, dashed this off,and did not delve as deeply as he could have into the stories of some of the characters.In the older VC novels,the stories were always enriched by fuller development of the strange and wonderful characters VC ran into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ALL IN THE FAMILY 11 Feb 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
We've all read about those who have spent years and mega dollars searching for their birth parents. Now, a master of suspense William
Lashner presents Kyle Byrne, a young man who knew his father, a prominent attorney, but seldom saw him. All he saw was his mother patiently waiting for her lover to visit them; all he knew was the little time his father spent with him teaching him how to play baseball. This was a man who called him "boyo," Kyle assumed because he couldn't remember his real name.

Then when he was 12 years old his father died. Kyle was constrained in a gray suit and too-tight tie to attend his dad's funeral. As an adult he remembers that day well because he, his mother, and volatile Uncle Max were asked to leave the chapel and not allowed to return. They were an offense to the dead man's wife.

As an adult Kyle may have been likable and a fine baseball player, but he was also unreliable, shiftless, and totally without ambition. He drifts from day to day sometimes in an alcohol induced haze - until his father's former law partner is murdered. Kyle attends the funeral just as he has attended the funerals of many lawyers, always signing the condolence books in his father's name. He did this because "as he watched body after body of old dead lawyers being lowered into the ground, lawyers whom in all likelihood his father had known, he felt as if he were standing in for his father."

Kyle's lackadaisical life takes a turn for the worse when he becomes a suspect in the killing of his father's partner. As Kyle tries to exonerate himself he is staggered by an astounding revaluation and forced to run for his very life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story about consequences 8 July 2013
By Barb50
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An interesting story about the far-reaching consequences of actions. Whilst not very realistic - but it is fiction! - it has an interesting plot and a not particularly sympathetic protagonist with whom we become involved nevertheless. Well-paced and well-plotted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top class 27 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A top class story keeps you riveted to the end, sat and read it all in one session I needed to know what the final outcome was
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