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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars


on 31 October 2012
Am loving Tim Willocks books, this one is the sequel to Bad City Blues. I think Mr.Willocks is a very dark character to be able to create the character of Clarence Jefferson! (No offence-meant in the nicest of ways ) even the hero of these books is flawed in ways I won't go into so as not to spoil the plot. The characters in both books are deep and thoroughly rendered warts and all, though mostly warts :). A great joy to read though and every page makes you want to get on to the next!
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on 17 August 2013
I enjoyed rereading this again Tim Willocks is a superb writer and he gives his characters a rich darkness that's thoroughly enjoyable. Redemption may be possible for some but to be honest you don't care your just glad you didn't meet them!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 26 June 2011
In keeping with his first outing in Bad City Blues, in which he was forced to go head to head with the juggernaut that was infamous law enforcement officer, Captain Clarence Jefferson, sometime psychiatrist Eugene `Cicero' Grimes is reluctantly compelled to step into the breach once more as he finds himself enmeshed within the web spun by the machiavellian machinations of the giant fat man.

The story is, as might be expected from anyone familiar with Willocks' work, gut wrenching, visceral stuff characterized by the odd philosophical rumination between lulls in the carnage. Perhaps, it's this seemingly odd juxtaposition of musings on the mysteries of existence and the meaning of life and the frenetic action the major players are forced to engage in by the dark, primal forces that drive them that explains the book's attraction. It's brilliantly written, compellingly page-turning stuff!
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on 30 September 2007
Not quite 5 star, would have given it 4.5. First Willocks book I have read and wont be the last. Picked up in the library after reading on-line reviews of his other books. For grim, brutal action laced with dark dark humour and fleshed out weird characters you can't beat this. A real page turner. Missed out on the five stars because of the last chapter which is pure terminator style mayhem and carnage written in a differing style to the bulk of the book, without humor and intrigue. Also felt there were a few loose ends which would have been satisfying to know more about, eg Grimes early meeting with the fat man, and what happened to the fat man after.
Minor points and looking forward to the next.
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on 4 December 2001
brillant! the best willocks book yet. a bloody, violent tale of obsession,revenge and honour. fast paced and ferocious like a 300 pound boar. imagine hemmingway, raymond chandler, frank miller and john woo getting together to write a (post)modern hardboiled noir and u come close 2 how great this is. hollywood where are u?. just buy it.
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on 11 November 2009
Crime fiction comes in all flavours although some people would suggest that they are all low brow. A lot of the genre is hackneyed and regurgitates the same old stories to people who are comfortable in their bubbles. However, authors such as Don Winslow and Robert Ferrigno show that intelligence and wit can also play a part. In `Blood Stained Kings' Tim Willocks sets out his store early to do this as well as from the opening paragraph the book has a florid and intelligent style. Willocks' use of writing is at times excellent as he describes the inner workings of his characters in an artistic and truthful manner. However, this style also leads to confusion with some segments being so dense that I could not understand them.

What also shocked me for a book that proposed a high brow core was that it became so schlocky towards the end. The book has ultra violent moments and some unneeded adult encounters that were a little embarrassing to read. The book fluctuated from philosophical musing to out and out action. On their own these two elements work well and a book that was all action or all intelligence would have been excellent. However, Willocks' does not attempt this and instead has written a book with possibly the highest sense of its own importance that I have ever read. This is not to say that the action set pieces are not fun, but don't try and pretend that you are not a B-Movie style crime writer. Go into this book looking for a cheesy action crime thriller and you will be happy, go in looking for intelligence and you will feel robbed.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 26 June 2011
In keeping with his first outing in Bad City Blues, in which he was forced to go head to head with the juggernaut that was infamous law enforcement officer, Captain Clarence Jefferson, sometime psychiatrist Eugene `Cicero' Grimes is reluctantly compelled to step into the breach once more as he finds himself enmeshed within the web spun by the machiavellian machinations of the giant fat man.

The story is, as might be expected from anyone familiar with Willocks' work, gut wrenching, visceral stuff characterized by the odd philosophical rumination between lulls in the carnage. Perhaps, it's this seemingly odd juxtaposition of musings on the mysteries of existence and the meaning of life and the frenetic action the major players are forced to engage in by the dark, primal forces that drive them that explains the book's attraction. It's brilliantly written, compellingly page-turning stuff!
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VINE VOICEon 19 July 2007
This book is a sequel to 'Bad Moon Rising'.....it does not tell you that.
Willocks writes in a powerful, adult way that can be shocking.If you like your reads that way then read these but in the right order.He is also known for 'Green River Rising'....a book in the same gory and very adult vein.
His latest book 'The Religion' is a magnifent piece of bloody but romantic fiction about the seige of Malta.
I recommend all but be warned.
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on 14 April 2003
Another grim and brutal book from Willocks, with wickedly dark humour. If you liked Green River Rising, you'll like this one. If you didn't, don't buy this book. A real page turner, as with the other books by Willocks, but not to the standard of GRR.
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on 12 October 2014
Not what I usually read but found it really gripping .
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