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Bourbon & Blood: A Crime and Suspense Thriller (Bill Conlin Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Garrard Hayes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 326 pages
  • Collection: Bill Conlin Thriller (Book 1)
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Book Description

Bill Conlin returns home to New York City after a dangerous military tour in Afghanistan. Like many veterans haunted by war he has fallen on hard times and is looking for work. Lonely, depressed and out of money he finally meets a beautiful woman and falls in love, but an unforgettable job interview forces him into a life of crime that keeps them apart and endangers their lives. When she is suddenly kidnapped Bill must negotiate with coldhearted killers to buy back her freedom. Will money be enough or will they pay with their lives?

#1 KINDLE BEST SELLER in CRIME FICTION!

Over the last year 'Bourbon & Blood has been a Kindle best seller:
TOP 100 BEST SELLING MYSTERY, SUSPENSE and THRILLERS

TOP 100 BEST SELLING CRIME FICTION
TOP 100 BEST SELLING HEIST
TOP 100 BEST SELLING ORGANIZED CRIME
TOP 100 BEST SELLING VIGILANTE
TOP 100 BEST SELLING KIDNAPPING
TOP 100 BEST SELLING PULP FICTION - Over 50 Five Star Reviews.
Over 40,000 downloads for Bill Conlin Series

Author's note

Why did I write this Crime Novel?

Dear Reader,

I've always been a crime fiction and suspense thriller addict. When I was young my parents took me to see Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger and I was hooked. In the 70s movies like: The Getaway, The Seven-Ups and The Godfather were a driving force in my entertainment choices.Over the last ten years I've become a noir mystery and crime fiction vortex, consuming everything I could read, watch and play. It's inspired me to create my own Crime Fiction series. My first novel 'Bourbon & Blood' is the beginning of a series of fast-paced action adventure novels with a touch of romance.I have a strong social media platform and successful book review blog, where I introduce readers to the best authors in mystery, suspense and thriller categories.

Give ‘Bourbon & Blood’ a try and get a page-turning real taste of New York City’s crime underworld with Bill and Dana. I can only hope that you enjoy reading ‘Bourbon & Blood’ as much as I did writing it.

Best regards, Garrard Hayes

Why Read Bourbon & Blood?

Kindle readers who have enjoyed bestselling authors; Lee Childs, Dennis Lehane, Adrian Mckinty and James Lee Burke will love the gritty fast reading style of 'Bourbon & Blood'. In the tradition of action-packed noir thrillers, comes a crime fiction story about an otherwise good guy "bent" bad when he's pulled into the underbelly of the New York City crime scene.

Drugs, sex trafficking and murder... Former soldier and decorated war hero Bill Conlin finds himself immersed in it all when he can't find "respectable" work after his tour in Afghanistan. When his cousin, Jimmy, first tries to talk him into joining Irish mafia boss Frank Sullivan's gang, Bill brushes him off. When he is forced into an interview there's no escape. See what happens next.

All Bill really wants is a normal life with a nice girl, and he's pretty sure the waitress he just met, Dana, is the one. But with his savings running low, and desperate to get out of his Hell's Kitchen near-tenement apartment building, Bill, against his better judgment, agrees to a meeting with Mr. Sullivan--and immediately hits the point of no return... Now with a brand new Lincoln and fancy new uptown digs (complete with a live-in girl whose only purpose is to serve him, and a wardrobe packed with weapons), Bill's tasked to take down a Harlem-based Mexican prostitution ring.

One thing leads to another, however, and the deeper he gets, the more he learns, and the more tangled up he becomes in a lifestyle he never wanted. But how long until he takes matters into his own hands.

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About the Author

Garrard Hayes is a lifelong New York resident whose ancestors made their living on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn. His love of action and crime fiction, together with a knack for good, gritty story telling, sparked him to write. He lives in New York with his wife, two children, and three dogs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2775 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6WK0XU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Garrard Hayes is a lifelong New York resident whose ancestors made their living on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn. His love of action and crime fiction, together with a knack for good, gritty story telling, sparked him to write. He lives in New York with his wife, two children, and three dogs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DM review 31 Oct. 2013
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Very poor similar story line of ex soldier becoming "gun for hire etc" has been used many times by different authors to better affect Every tired cliche reference gangsters and hit men etc are used and basically there was nothing new about this book I gave up after reading 50%.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop adrenaline ride 2 Sept. 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. Read it in under 2 days as I couldn't put it down. From the very start to the final page it was pretty much full on action. The characters were compelling and the spiral into the nightmare Bill finds himself in was told with such vision and description I could almost taste NYC and feel the stress he was going through. Get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would not recommend this book to anyone. 25 Oct. 2013
By DMM
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In my view, this book is utter dross. The plot is ridiculous; one man shooting a dozen or so drug barons and henchmen every now and again, and one of the central characters double-crosses everyone in sight. Probably he double-crosses himself before the end (I didn't finish the book). I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish! 10 Nov. 2013
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This is the most amateurishly written book I have ever read since leaving school! The characters and plot are completely unbelievable, I carried on till the end in the hope that it would get better, it didn't!, it got worse!, just as well it was free!
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Bill Conlin has just left the military after a tour in Afghanistan. He spends time with his cousin Jimmy and trying to figure out what to do with his life next. Jimmy keeps encouraging Bill to talk to his boss. Bill isn't sure that's what he wants. Eventually, he does meet with Mr. Sullivan and begins to work for him. About this time, Bill also met Dana. She was sassy and beautiful. He knew he wanted her in his life forever. It seemed however, working for Mr. Sullivan took more of Bill's time than he imagined it would.
Before long, Bill finds out nothing is as it seems. He needs to be on his guard at all times. This is a war of a different kind.

When you begin this book, it has the feel of an old black and white movie. Each page pulls you in deeper and deeper. You'll feel as though you are there witnessing it in person. My breath was taken away by the writing of this book. Everything just flows so well. The characters are terrific. I found it impossible to put this book down. I was rooting for Bill and Dana throughout. This is one book you will read again and again.

I found no issues with this one.

I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it is wonderful. It's graphic but wonderful.

~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bourbon and dross 2 Nov. 2013
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Badly written, stupid plot, rubbish ending. Won't be reading anymore of this author's books. If you're planning a sequel, don't bother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired and Predictable 22 Oct. 2013
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A book that's been written a thousand times before.
A weak predictable plot line offering nothing meaningful to the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anyone for murder? 27 Oct. 2013
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This is without a doubt the most bloodthirsty book that I have ever had the misfortune to read. I didn't count the bodies, or the different ways the unfortunate characters met their deaths, but I would say the author overdid it by a long way, so that a long time before the end I knew just when another dirty deed was about to happen. I will avoid this author in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bourbon & Blood
A real good Good Guy Bad Guy Cops & Robbers Story, want to know what happens when he gets to Russia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bourbon, Blood and a whole lot of cigarettes!
Not my normal choice of genre, but it was a treat to discover how much I enjoyed a tale of hoodlums and gangs in New York. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gecko129
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable easy read
Published 2 months ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Massively gripping with plenty if twists and turns that keep you on your toes. A very worth while and enjoyable read.
Published 2 months ago by Me
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 5 months ago by kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 5 months ago by Jerseyscot
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read
As a crime thriller Bourbon and Blood can be proud to say it holds its own. Bill Conlin, war veteran turned civilian is reluctantly drawn into the dark world of mafia hits and drug... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended 5 star Crime Thriller.
A thrilling fast-paced, heart-pounding adventure ride from beginning to end, no boring bits. I couldn’t put it down and I found myself devouring page after page. Read more
Published 7 months ago by IC Camilleri
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read.
A cracking good story. This book keeps you on your
Toes from the get go. Can't wait for the follow on,
Let's hope it's soon.
Published 7 months ago by J.V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. I had to make myself put the book down with a full time job and an author myself out of office hours. I would buy more books of Garrard. Read more
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