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Blood Memory [Hardcover]

Greg Iles
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15 Feb 2005
Experiencing panic attacks and blackouts at murder scenes, forensics expert Cat Ferry is suspended from her task force and returns to her Mississippi hometown, where she discovers disturbing information about her father's murder, which occurred when Cat had been eight years old. By the author of The Footprints of God. 175,000 first printing.

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (15 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743234707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743234702
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,168,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from Ole Miss in 1983. His thirteen New York Times bestselling novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide. He lives in Natchez with his two teenage children.

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Lisa Scottoline"New York Times" Bestselling author of "Killer Smile""Blood Memory" grabs you right from page one and carries you straight through the night. Cat Ferry is Iles' most appealing character to date.

About the Author

Greg Iles is the internationally bestselling author of eight earlier highly acclaimed thrillers, Spandau Phoenix, Black Cross, Mortal Fear, 24 Hours, The Quiet Game. Dead Sleep, Sleep No more and Dark Matter. He lives with his family in Natchez Mississippi, USA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker read 31 May 2010
A thrilling novel about the morbid subject of incestuous child sexual abuse. It is written in a way to make the reader understand the effects of this subject not to titillate. A very good read up to Greg Iles high standard of reader entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 2 Oct 2006
Very gripping book. The storyline although a little on the heavy side for some readers is intensely readable. The storylines are absolutely tight and the ending leaves you craving more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twas very good 27 Jun 2006
By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE
I really enjoyed this book. It's not my usual genre as I normally read supernatural but i found this really interesting and suspencful.

The main character is very real and interesting. The plot was just great and exciting. Also, very educating, I seemed to have learned quite a bit from it.

I highly recommend this for anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to forget 10 May 2011
I find Greg Iles a very frustrating writer.
I recently read Turning Angel, which I thought was excellent, so went straight to Blood Memory.
It centres on a forensic odontologist called Catherine (Cat) Ferry who has been invited to help with the New Orleans and FBI task force to solve a series of gruesome murders where bite marks are left on the victims who happen to be older men.
We quickly learn that Cat has issues having been the victim of child abuse and is a serial drinker with odd sexual preferences.
She's also having an affair with a cop and is carrying his child so add that to the melting pot and you have pretty much a full house of a troubled person!
In some ways this flawed individual should make for real character engagement but somehow after wading though a very long book I was only mildly concerned by her and her plight.
But back to the plot, Cat is called off the case for a variety of reasons, so she decides to go home near Natchez, Mississippi, to find have some "me" time.
Whilst there and in her bedroom with a portfolio of forensic equipement there's some accidental chemcial spillage which uncovers a pair of bloody footprints.
It then takes a different course with some soul searching about her father who was murdered when Cat was a child but under mysterious circumstances.
Her father was also a Vietnam Vet and part of an elite group who didn't exactly obey the Geneva Convention rules!
Enter stage left Grandapa who's a control freak extraordinaire but has a for soft spot for Cat, and guess what he has big plans for Natchez, he also has a weird "psycho" sidekick to add more fuel to the fire.
So now we have two parallel plots going on.
The serial murders in New Orleans and the unresolved murder of Cat's father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars INTENSE, ATYPICAL, REAL-TIME THRILLER 1 Dec 2008
"Blood Memory" is unusual. The action takes place in the deepest south continuously over a period of several days as severely-damaged heroine "Cat" Ferry's investigation of a series of murders leads her to re-examine the story of her own life and family, in turn resolving the murders. It's intense stuff, revolving around child abuse, and the plotting is idiosyncratic - lots of improbable developments, chases and coincidences, numerous deaths, and a host of characters emerging throughout the narrative - my favourite is Big Leon on p.492 - to fulfil a niche role. There are few "aha" moments, and many of the characters are stereotypical. Despite all this, the plot moves forward at a good rate, and the rich mix of mysteries, and Cat's own struggle to overcome her well-drawn demons, are enough to maintain the tension and keep us reading.

Pro: unusual narrative style, readable. Con: daft in places.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book - buy it 22 Aug 2006
This book is riviting from page one, brilliant characters, breathtaking suspense, fantastic story line. I just dont want to finish this book so I'm looking now for more by this author.

I just cant recommend this book enough, dont hesitate, its a real page turner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars * * * * * 2 May 2006
This is easily Greg Iles' best book, although I look forward to reading Turning Angel.

This is also one of the best books I've read.

For me, it beats Stephen King's thrillers, Ian Rankins and other books from better knows authors like Dan Brown.

The twist, turns, legal climaxes and the pure edrenilin rush from the book has to be worth ever penny.

Even at shop and collector editions prices, this is an amazing book. Its a must read to everyone, whatever the age.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Aug 2006
I was given this book, having never heard of Greg Iles. As a James Patterson / Lee Child fan I was sceptical to say the least. I was wrong! If you like Patterson you will love this. It twists and turns to the end and won't let you put it down.
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Loved this book. Love Greg Iles books based in deep south. You feel you know the places and the characters. Can hardly wait for next book.
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I'm still reading this book but can say that it is excellent. Greg Isles is an excellent author and this is no disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller
I am a big fan of crime thrillers and this book definately hits the mark! I picked this book up on holiday in Portugal and the splendid writing kept me transfixed and out of bed... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2008 by R. Gilmartin
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on target
After Dead Sleep, I didn't think I would be enjoying this book. But, this is in a different league.

A complex tale of latent child abuse brings together a series of... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2008 by Michael Watson
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