Blood Crime by John Brindley

Published by Orion Children’s books

Dying to catch a killer . . .

He’s trapped in a coma, but Joe’s mind is more awake than ever.

Why is someone trying to kill him?

How is it linked to his father’s suspicious death?

In a race against time Joe tries desperately to piece together the truth, before someone can silence him once and for all . .


Every now and again it’s nice to just pick a book.  Not take the next one in order of publication from the TBR (to be read) pile, but to just browse my own bookshelves and pick something to suit the mood, or the time available.

Last night was a case in point. I wanted a quick read and, at just under 150 pages, Blood Crime by John Brindley looked like it would do the job nicely – and it did.

With the central character already dying from the opening of the book and trying to solve his own murder and the murder of his father, this made e recall the great Film Noir movie D.O.A. where the central character has hours to discover who has killed him by poisoning. In this case, Joe is trapped in a Coma and desperately trying to communicate with the outside world (in much the same way as in Mark Billingham’s Sleepyhead) but the tale takes an unusual route, packed with medical information as Joe shrinks down inside himself and tries to solve his medical condition from the inside (ala Fantastic Voyage) whilst his best friend Annie struggles to make sense of Joe’s huge collection of fire-filled horrific drawings for clues as to who is responsible for the death of his father and for attempting to kill him.

A cracking medical based thriller which you can order here.




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