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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 1st edition (6 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869341
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Michael Malone is one of those new writers that you feel you've known a long time. Blood Tears blasts onto the Tartan Noir scene like a bullet. Big, bold themes and terrific humour amidst the darkness makes this my debut of the year. --Tony Black, author of Murder Mile

Tough, funny, dark and so in your face it hurts, a superb piece of writing --Ken Bruen, novelist

What is particularly impressive about Michael J Malone's first outing as a crime novelist is that his characters, and DI Ray McBain in particular, hit the ground running in fully developed and highly believable form. Add in a complex and compelling plot that has strong echoes with current media concerns about child abuse and the Catholic church and you have an outstanding novel and a 'must read' for all lovers of really good crime drama. --Undiscovered Scotland

An old man is found murdered in his Glasgow flat. DI Ray McBain is called to the scene and is the first to notice that the man's wounds mirror the Stigmata. The victim is a former janitor who worked in several care homes where he abused his charges. Is someone taking revenge thirty years after the fact?

Malone's thrilling debut starts predictably enough but, within four chapters, you realise that this is no ordinary police procedural and that darker things are bubbling under the surface.

McBain is, himself, a former charge of Bethlehem House, a Catholic care home where the murdered man worked. Early on in the investigation, McBain decides to hide a crucial bit of evidence relating to his stay at Bethlehem House. It is this gesture, as in all great noir novels, which sets him off on an inexorable collision course with his own past.

When his superiors find out, McBain becomes the prime suspect in the case and has to make a decision which will leave him on the run and alone, trying to solve the murders and, at the same time, the puzzle that is his past the recurring dreams of blood and feathers that descend on him every night.

McBain is a haunted, complex character. replete with dark humour and a relentless urge for justice. Yet even he isn't sure what exactly happened to him one night back in Bethlehem House, and like the best crime novels, Blood Tears is as much an examination of the past as it is of the present. The book screams along at pulse-pounding pace. Malone effortlessly shuffling between characters, cities and situations with the hand of a far more experienced writer.

The denouement is one of the most surprising twists in modern crime fiction, McBain s character possessing a uniquely original and fascinating back story. There are graphic descriptions of sex and violence but Blood Tears is also a serious look at the abuse scandal and the price its victims pay, both at the time and long after the fact. It's a book about decisions and elisions, the way we hide secrets from others and the way we hide them from ourselves.

With his debut, Malone has leapt into the cluttered field of Scottish crime fiction with a flourish, placing himself up there with this distinctive and powerful novel. You leave the book wanting to know more about McBain and to read the next in the series which is, really, all you could want from a debut novel. --Stav Sherez, The Catholic Herald

What is particularly impressive about Michael J Malone's first outing as a crime novelist is that his characters, and DI Ray McBain in particular, hit the ground running in fully developed and highly believable form. Add in a complex and compelling plot that has strong echoes with current media concerns about child abuse and the Catholic church and you have an outstanding novel and a 'must read' for all lovers of really good crime drama. --Undiscovered Scotland

About the Author

Michael J Malone is a Scottish poet and crime writer, whose claims to fame include being a poet in residence at a sex shop. He works in publishing and lives in Ayr. This is the first of a planned series of books involving DI Ray McBain. The second in the series, A Simple Power, will be published in 2013.


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D I Ray McBain is a man on the run.On the run from his horrific childhood in an orphanage ruled by sadistic nuns, on the run from commitment-he's seeing a married woman- and on the run from dark dreams. And when he's accused of a series of brutal murders McBain is literally on the run from friends and enemies alike.

Blood Tears could easily have been just another grim police procedural/ serial killer yarn but Malone has given those tired tropes a kick up the behind. Plenty of earthy humour, likable and colourful characters and a page turning plot that stretches credibility at times but in a good way.
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I have to say that this book really was one that I just had to keep reading. Knowing some of the places mentioned made it all the more interesting. I will definately be reading more of this authors work.
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What does it say about Scotland when it produces so many excellent writers of crime fiction. Blood Tears is the first novel from Michael J Malone and what a debut it is. The writing is crisp with a poetic lilt, the pace is fast, and the characters are vivid and well drawn. Living in Ayrshire I almost feel I know these people - well the ones on the right side of the law anyway! The story is dark but the dialogue is peppered with witty illustrative metaphors that cannot fail to raise a smile. DI McBain is a complex character, a tortured policeman who refuses to let up in his fight to solve crime. The reader is hooked from the first page of this rollicking good read. I could not put it down, desperate to get to the denouement and then disappointed when I had finished it. I cannot wait for the next novel from this exciting new writer.
Sheila A. Grant
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For all its grittiness and the seriousness of its underlying themes, Blood Tears is also funny and even fun. If I had to sum the book up in one word, it would be `audacious'.

Detective Inspector Ray McBain is our flawed hero, a successful Glasgow detective with a chip on his shoulder and a few enemies on the force. A brutal killing leads him to the doors of the Catholic orphanage he attended as a boy, but he refuses to reveal his links to the orphanage or step down from the investigation. The question, of course, is why he refuses. If at first it seems like straightforward ambition to crack a high profile case, events soon make us believe that there's much more to it than that.

Having a hero whose mind begins to unravel - and I mean really unravel, as McBain's does here - with the strain of the case is the kind of twist we haven't seen done this convincingly since the glory days of the pulps in the 30s and 40s. Throw in a few well-timed gags, a Rocky montage and a bit of serial killer frippery, and what you've got is an author who refuses to play it safe.

In chapter nine the book veers from a running gag that made me laugh out loud to a revelation about the case involving paedophilia, all in the space of five paragraphs. Now how many authors would dare to do that? And how many authors would pull it off?

Malone does. And it's liberating for the reader, this willingness to take risks. Despite the questions the book raises about organised religion, poverty and the nature of justice, ultimately it feels as though Malone's priority is to entertain us, and in that he succeeds brilliantly.
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Here's a welcome new bunch of coppers and others that we'll be getting to know even better in their (I hope) many future investigations. The new man on the block, D.I. Ray McBain, is dysfunctional in ways undreamed of by his predecessors in the genre. His issues go deep. But, as well as being very good at his job, he's characterized by a great sense of humour and access to a stream of one-liners which make us want to spend lots of time in his company. Mind you, some of the other characters have their own versions of the same quick wit and ambiguous attitudes to procedures, so humour is always there to counterbalance the story's darker recesses (and there are plenty of those).
The dialogue's sharp and snappy and contributes to the great tensions Malone creates as McBain seems to make dangerous choices and penetrate into memories and events that coagulate around many nasty hidden secrets. I know it's a cliché but this is one of those books which it's difficult to put down.
As well as warming to McBain through his humour and the strength of his determination to catch the villains, readers will sense a vulnerability which surfaces at times to add to his complexities. As I said, this looks like a Scottish cop who'll take his place among the stars of the genre.
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Blood Tears by Michael J Malone was recommended to me by a friend and it was a great suggestion. D.I. Ray MacBain is a successful Glasgow detective but one who has a dark secret that is affecting his mental health. Sent to investigate a horrific killing we then see him afflicted with troubling dreams. The clues lead to a Catholic Orphanage, Bethlehem House, where MacBain had spent time as a child. He fails to disclose his time there and continues to lead the investigation. However this has serious repercussions for him and as other similar killings occur, MacBain finds himself a suspect. His career and even his life are at stake. The author tackles the topic of paedophilia and abuse by those in power over children, not an easy task but one which is brilliantly pulled off. The dialogue is as gritty and realistic as you would expect for Glasgow policemen but there are some marvellously funny one liners as well which lightens the dark nature of the novel. There is a surprising twist at the end when the perpetrator of these crimes is revealed. The book of course makes the reader consider how vulnerable children are treated by those supposedly with their best interests at heart and more troublingly how abuse is covered up. Highly recommended.
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