Blood Work Paperback – 13 Aug 2009
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The thrilling second book in the Detective Inspector Jack Delaney series.
From the Back Cover
A young woman's body has been found on Hampstead Heath. Naked, tortured, mutilated.
The violence visited upon her shocks even seasoned forensic pathologist Kate Walker. And when DI Jack Delaney takes on the case, he realises that someone is taunting him with the horrific murder.
Then, in a north London flat, the expertly dissected body of a second young woman is discovered. There is no apparent connection between the victims, but it becomes clear that a serial psychopathic killer is on the loose - and that Kate Walker could be next in line.
Jack takes his eye off the ball, as violent events from his past catch up with him, and not for the first time he has to make a choice between the living and the dead.
Only this time, he gets it horribly wrong...
Praise for Mark Pearson's Hard Evidence:
'Pearson scores a hit first time out with Jack Delaney, a hard-drinking maverick that fans of John Rebus and Jack Regan will love' Daily Record
'A cracking debut, matching gore with suspense' Bookseller
'Jack Delaney is hard to forget' Time Out
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Top Customer Reviews
But as hard as I tried, i felt it just did not come up to speed. Firstly, if you have never read "Hard Evidence" DO SO. The author not only out lines the previous characters but also the killer, motives and all, within the first few pages.
Thats not to say that this is a bad book, it certainly is not. It just didn't grip me in the way "Hard Evidence" did. But it is still a darn good yarn, and you will stay up as late as you can to finish it. But unlike Mark Pearson's previous book, it may not leave you gasping to read the next one.
Despite my own reservations, I did enjoy it. But every author deserves to be cut a little slack every now and then. And anyone who has read "Hard Evidence" knows that Mark Pearson can deliver.
Pearson has, in Blood Work, made the maverick cop Jack Delaney a vulnerable human being, even if Jack doesn't know it-yet.
I am really looking forward to the third book. You can be sure that the plot#s# will be good but I'm intruiged to see where Jack's relationships go with all those about him.
Anyway, as I said in my review for Hard Evidence it is very clear that Pearson was once a television scriptwriter. His books do read like an exaggerated episode of The Bill. There are also multiple stories taking place at the same time rather than just 'policeman tries to catch the killer'. What annoyed me about the book however was that there weren't any chapters, just 'Day One', 'Day Two' and 'Epilogue'. I hate putting a book down mid-chapter but I had to here as I didn't have the time to read 50% of the book in one sitting!
In this book we find out more about Delaney and certainly a lot more about how his wife died which we first read about in book one. His relationship with Kate is explored more in this book and I have to say that I really enjoy reading about these characters. I have another book queued up to read but Pearson's third Delaney book is near the top of my to read list and I am off to search some more about why Pearson's latest book was abandoned as I want to read more from this author! Highly recommended to fans of Mark Billingham and once again the city of London was just as much a character in this book as the actual characters.
The plot is reasonably simple but contains the odd surprise or two to keep interest levels up. And we learn more of the characters from the first novel. But the writing is otherwise uninspiring and the good in the book seems to have been saved for the last pages.
Sadly, there should also have been better proof-reading.
I'll give Pearson another go though, in the hope that his next novel delivers a little more depth and colour. 7/10
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a very good first class book with good service from supplierPublished 14 months ago by Don Alan Shaw
Mark Pearson writes very good books. I hope he writes more books as I have read all his works now.Published on 3 April 2014 by MRS H M GREGORY
What an excellent read! I have recently discovered Mark Pearson and fine him to be riveting! Can't wait for another book!Published on 21 Dec. 2012 by Forensic1964
This is a taught, at times exciting and often quite gruesome crime novel. It has an interesting, multi layered plot and moves towards a gripping climax. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2012 by J. Burt
As a fan of crime novels, I read quite a lot of them. Unfortunately, I found this one very heavy going and must admit to having given up on it after reading about 2/3. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2011 by Comical Engineer
I was half way thro' reading when I sensed I'd already read it.
There were a lot of similar passages; including the main characters
from bloodline by mark billingham. Read more