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Blood Passage (The Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series Book 1) by [McCann, Michael J.]
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Book 1 of 4 in The Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series (4 Book Series)

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  • Publisher: The Plaid Raccoon Press (9 Aug. 2011)
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start To The Series 3 Jan. 2016
By Darcia Helle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
With Blood Passage, McCann introduces us to polar opposite detectives who have a surprisingly effective partnership. Donaghue is reserved, calm, and thoughtful, while Stainer is brash and quick-tempered. There is no sexual tension between them, which I liked. This is a partnership that proves men and women can work together without one having constant erotic fantasies about the other.

This is very much a plot-driven novel. While we do get to know the characters as the story unfolds, we spend no real personal time with any of them. Even so, each character stands out as unique. The dialogue is realistic and we learn a lot about the characters' personalities just by the way they speak.

The plot is complex. The author clearly did his research, which shows as he takes us through the intricacies of the Triad culture. We also have the undercurrent of a young boy recalling a past life as a murder victim, which plays a major and thought-provoking role in story.

Initially I found it challenging to keep up with the names of all the characters and their relationships, particularly within the Triad. McCann does a good job with the setup, it's just that the complexities of the crime and the entanglements of the people involved require a lot of attention to detail.

The pace is mostly steady, except for a few sections where long segments of narration read a bit too much like a character sketch. This was designed to give us history on the characters, but slowed the pace and felt a little out of place. Overall, though, the story is engaging.

If you like solving crimes alongside the characters, this book is a great start to the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Passage 27 Jan. 2012
By Kathleen Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Blood Passage is an exciting murder mystery that will keep you turning the pages. I love reading murder mysteries and police procedurals. Full of exciting characters, good and bad. The story is about the re-investigation into the murder of a young man, Martin Liu, which happened 4 years previous in the story. The case is re opened when a little boy starts saying strange things from a person in his previous life. The police are of course skeptical, especially hard nosed Dectective Stainer who with Homicide Dectective Hank Donaghue decide to investigate it anyway. As they get further involved in the investigation they are embroiled in the ways of the Triad. This is a story entwining two cultures, good and bad people, and the law. I especially loved the character of Karen Stainer, a no nonsense tough woman who is not afraid to get nose to nose with the criminal element, but does have a soft side to her. A very tense edge of your seat type of page turner that will keep you guessing to the very end. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, this book will certainly make you go hmmm at the end. Michael J. McCann is also the author of The Ghost Man, a supernatural thriller. His new book of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, Marcie's Murder, which is scheduled for publication in Spring 2012.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a mix between episodes of Law & Order, Cold Case and a dash of X-Files thrown in, creating a very unique appeal 9 Mar. 2012
By Masquerade Crew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
MARK'S REVIEW

Got an hour? Because that's how long it'll take to describe all the great things about this book. But I'll try to keep it to a more appropriate length. To summarize, it's a mix between episodes of Law & Order, Cold Case and a dash of X-Files thrown in, creating a very unique appeal. To be fair, I haven't read as many book in general as Bec and certainly not as many self-published books, but based upon her reviews (and Sharon's) and the few I've been either able to read or at least browse through, Blood Passage is one of the best self-published books I think I will ever come acorss. I've read highly acclaimed, traditionally published books that wouldn't stand up to this one in quality and would merely equal its entertainment value.

This book's got everything: a great main plot, interesting and not overwhelming subplots, believeable characters, true-to-life dialogue, and a satisfying ending that leaves you with just enough unanswered questions (it is a crime novel, after all), not to mention an appropriate level of researched description that would satisfy various kinds of readers. I'm the kind of person that gets bogged down with lots of description, especially seemingly unimportant details that go on and on. But with Blood Passage if I felt a portion was filler detail, unimportant to the rest of the story, I could quickly skim thorough it and get back to the action. If you're the kind of person who likes detail, this book's got it in measured amounts.

I don't feel I've done my job unless I find something about a book that could be improved. Usually it isn't that hard. Improper use of commas jump off the page most of the time, too many commas being the culprit, but where I diasgreed with this author's (or editor's) choice, I would have added a comma, which only speaks to the overall quality. The only other constructive critism I could find (and I'm stretching) was in the timing of the story. After a brief prologue at the time of the murder, the story jumps four years later. There were enough interesting and entertaining events that took place close to the time of the murder, which we learn through exposition, to justify a book in it own right, Blood Passage being its sequel. The bit that reminded me of the X-Files, which was the catalyst that brought the murder out of the cold case files, would have differenciated Blood Passage from its non-existant predecesor.

This is the first book in a series. I look forward to learning more about the characters; in this first one you read hints of an interesting past, for the main character at least.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Passage by Michael J. McCann 20 Mar. 2012
By Amazon Customer- Kissablysweet1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A murder scene looks like a drug deal gone wrong. It's worked until there doesn't seem to be any more evidence then turned over to CCU. Four years later, the case seems to be fully active again. New information has been brought to light that might help solve the murder. Donaghue and Stainer are working the case as if it's new again. Asking questions, meeting people from the past and taking in the new information. It seems Martin Liu, the victim, is reincarnated in the body and mind of three and a half year old Taylor Chan. It might seem random, but Taylor is Liu's cousin's child. He knows to much to be making it up. There are things that don't match up and many more things that do. At first they think it's all bunk, until they start learning Taylor was dead on in his statements. This might even lead to solving the murder.

Not your typical police drama with the inclusion of reincarnation. Many crime drama writers wouldn't have taken this turn, but you know what, it works. It makes the story seem more like something that could actually happen. Especially once you read what the child knows. Action filled and worthy of it's own television show, this book is perfect for those looking for something a little different. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I didn't find anything wrong. It covered all the bases.

I gave this one a 5 out of 5 books because I didn't see the reincarnation coming and it was easy to accept when it did.

~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Passage- Enthralling Crime Novel 21 April 2012
By Isobel Poe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't really read crime novels or mysteries. I have read one children's mystery a few months ago and several Janet Evanovich books because those can (sometimes) be really funny.

Blood Passage isn't the average crime novel because there is a bit of the 'unknown' in the plot. Four years previous to the beginning of the book, a rather straight-laced Asian fellow in his twenties was murdered. Now a three-year-old boy has convinced a university researcher that he was the murdered Asian man, well... before.

Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and snappy, sassy Detective Karen Stainer are investigating a related attack, then the cold case of Martin Liu, the young man murdered four years ago and trying to balance the information from the three-year-old as the bodies pile up.

The social hierarchies of Asian communities and the police force are examined and explained in comprehensive detail. I actually studied Asian culture and Mandarin for awhile in college (don't ask me anything!!!) and enough research was done and detail used that I didn't laugh and I felt like I had learned a few things.

Blood Passage is entertaining and exciting all the way to the last page. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it.
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