Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Martha Tennent Translation. It is , and Barcelona burns as the Spanish Civil War takes over. The city is a bloodbath. His quest for justice is complicated by the politics, dangers, and espionage of daily life in a war zone. The Marist brothers of the murdered monk are being persecuted; meanwhile, a convent of Capuchin nuns hide in plain sight, trading favors with the military police to stay alive. In their midst is a thirteen-year-old orphan novice who stumbles into the clutches of the murderer—but can she escape in this city of no happy endings?
Narrated by a vampire who thrives in the havoc of the war, this stunning novel, inspired by the true story of a massacre in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, is a gothic reflection on the nature of monsters, in all their human forms. From the Hardcover edition. Get A Copy. Published September 13th by Soho Crime first published More Details Original Title. Premi Sant Jordi Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Crime , please sign up.
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More filters. Sort order. Is it historical fiction about war and religious persecution? Is it gothic horror about vampires? Is it an allegory of good and evil? Is it a crime novel? Is it meant to be a thriller? This unfortunate lack of focus leads to a superficial treatment of just about everything in the book.
The lack of subtlety in much of the writing also is a serious flaw. The narrative contains copious examples of symbolism that are often heavy-handed. Likewise, the characters lack nuance. Most major characters are portrayed as either heroic or irredeemably evil. The story is set in Barcelona where the Spanish Civil War is raging and anarchists are systematically killing clergy. The Marist brothers negotiate with the anarchists for safe passage to France while the Capuchin nuns take advantage of familial connections to the anarchist leader for their safety in exchange for housing the Bishop of Barcelona for future use as a propaganda tool.
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Manuel Escorza del Vala—a real historical anarchist—is portrayed as totally corrupt. He is willing to deal with anyone to gain advantages for the revolution, but also for himself. Honor is not one of his strong suits. He is a heroic figure who is not easily duped, but is slow to accept the suggestion of the forensic physician who suspects that the two were murdered by a vampire.
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Blood Standard by Laird Barron. Isaiah Coleridge is a mob enforcer in Alaska--he's tough, seen a lot, and dished out more. But when he forcibly ends the moneymaking scheme of a made man, he gets in the kind of trouble that can lead to a bullet behind the ear. Saved by the grace of his boss and exiled to upstate New York, Isaiah begins a new life, a quiet life without gunshots or explosions.
Except a teen Isaiah Coleridge is a mob enforcer in Alaska--he's tough, seen a lot, and dished out more. Except a teenage girl disappears, and Isaiah isn't one to let that slip by. And delving into the underworld to track this missing girl will get him exactly the kind of notice he was warned to avoid. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages.
More Details Original Title. Isaiah Coleridge 1. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Standard , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. Blood had spilled.
As ever, blood was the currency of my existence. Blood was the standard. He might know a limerick or two, but that just comes from hanging out with hardcases, gangsters, criminals, and thugs. He is a big fan of Humphrey Bogart. Coleridge is a mountain of a man. The strongman archetype. Impressive that a macho dude such as yourself is comfortable with the degree of homoeroticism that permeates those mythologies.
Well, he and I both hope she is his girlfriend. Her real name is Megara which is also Barron having some fun with the Hercules myth. Megara is a given as a gift to Hercules for saving Thebes. She is an acrobat and, when not doing flips and handstands, can put on an evening dress and turn every head in the room.
With all that flipping around, sometimes Coleridge finds it hard to pin her down. Speaking of balls. My left hand maintained a solid clutch on his testicles, guiding him like a rudder. So Coleridge is a made man in Alaska, working for the Outfit, breaking a few heads, but mostly just sitting around reading books, playing poker, drinking, and exploring the physical attributes of a series of good looking dames. Everything is great until the walrus hunt. Yep, he is on a comet trail to the top of the organization until the very moment he decides he is on the side of the sea creatures.
He should, by all rights, be dead, bucking a made man like he did, but some favors are called in by his estranged father, and he finds himself exiled to a farm in New York. New York? Seriously, if you want to put a guy in exile, send him to a farm in Kansas. The thing of it is, with time for reflection, while scooping up horse shit and slinging hay around, he really decides what he wants to do is help people.
Well, animals, too remember the walruses , and there is going to be an incident with a dog where some very bad people are going to find out just how Isaiah feels about dogs. A teenage girl goes missing, and because she is black, nobody but her grandparents care what happens to her.
She is mixed up with some lowlifes, and being an astute observer of the general tendencies of bottom feeding morons, Coleridge, part Maori, so a man of color himself, starts his investigation by looking for those guys. He has some unfinished business over the walruses, or should I say the guy he embarrassed feels like he has unfinished business with Coleridge. Laird Barron. What is with the eyepatch, you might ask? He survived cancer as a child, but his right eye did not.
What I really like about this book is that Laird Barron is a student of mythology, pulp fiction, and hardboiled fiction. He leaves us little clues about his reading resume all throughout the book. One that I particularly like is a minor character named Blandish. The name kept niggling around at the back of my brain until I finally locked it down. The classic hardboiled novel Orchids for Miss Blandish. In a normal novel, that might be just a coincidence, but in a Barron novel that is definitely a signpost to a reader like me.
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Coleridge has an astute understanding of what motivates people to do the things they do. George sans lance. I had a blast reading this book and have already queued up the next book in the series, Black Mountain. Barron kept me guessing. I had no idea what Coleridge would do next.
He has created a character that, sometimes in the same sentence, scared me, inspired me, and had me chuckling. What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon! View all 4 comments. Nov 26, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: , books. When he sees his fellow gangsters killing walruses for fun, Isaiah Coleridge chops one of them in the throat and winds up exiled to a work farm in upstate New York.
A teenage girl also staying at the farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang members and corrupt law enforcement I managed to read every book he had in print so it was a no-brainer that I'd pick up this one, his first foray into crime fiction. Barron' When he sees his fellow gangsters killing walruses for fun, Isaiah Coleridge chops one of them in the throat and winds up exiled to a work farm in upstate New York. Barron's prose is rooted in noir so I knew he'd do a great job.
He pretty much bulldozes his way around, kicking ass and pissing people off. In some ways, he's a lot like Conrad Navarro, the protagonist of The Light is the Darkness , a brute of a man who would have been better off being born a thousand years earlier. The writing was as I expected, grim, gruesome stuff written with a sort of poetry.
Like Isaiah, I suspect Laird Barron wouldn't mind a Homburg and an overcoat, although he'd be wearing his someplace cold and desolate. If I wouldn't have been reading a physical copy, I would have highlighted half of the book on my Kindle. Isaiah's a little more complicated than all of that, a half-Maori man haunted by his mother's death at the hands of his father when he was fifteen.
Papa Coleridge is a piece of work, a career military man who went mercenary. While Isaiah wouldn't agree with, he's a lot more like his father than he'd like to admit. While I don't pretend to understand Isaiah, I understand his motivations. It brought a tear to my eye when someone asked Isaiah why he did what he did and he said "I miss my dog.
Yeah, I miss my dog too. By the time the dust is settled and the blood is dried, the case is closed but not a lot of good came of it. The classic noir ending, in fact. The supporting cast went a long way toward making Isaiah seem like more than a human wrecking ball. Lionel, Isaiah's drunken co-worker at the ranch, is the kind of friend every man wants, one that would follow him through the gates of hell. I also liked that Meg was tough and didn't immediately jump on Isaiah's groin. She proved to be a many-faceted character.
There were a whole lot of loose ends left behind but that's not all that surprising. If you follow Laird Barron on social media, you know he's already got the next Coleridge book in the can. I'm looking forward to Isaiah's next blood-spattered outing. Laird Barron's first steps into the world of crime fiction were even better than I expected. View 2 comments. Apr 09, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-have , edelweiss-books , crime-fiction-all , crime-fiction-modern-noir. Laird Barron's "Blood Standard" is a top-notch crime fiction story that has a great narrative voice even from the beginning.
Take a half-Maori a Polynesian ethnic group who is indigenous to New Zealand mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father who killed his mother and finds himself exiled by the Outfit from Alaska to the Hudson River Valley. Talk about two wildly different neighborhoods.
Isaiah Coleridge is a tough guy with a heart of gold, keen about wreaking mayhem among his Laird Barron's "Blood Standard" is a top-notch crime fiction story that has a great narrative voice even from the beginning. Isaiah Coleridge is a tough guy with a heart of gold, keen about wreaking mayhem among his enemies and soft to animals and missing teenagers.
He is also a college-educated hitman whose favorite book is Homer's Odyssey and dates librarians and acrobats. The pace of this novel is terrific. Impossible to put down. And filled with hard-charging violence, stubbornness, bullheadedness, and here's hoping there's more to this series than just this standalone first novel. The fact that he is a literary mob enforcer reminded me of Chute's Jesus Diaz series and the idea of a mobbed-up guy who is semi-retired and sort of deals on the edges of the Outfit in a smaller countryside venue reminded me of Collins' Nolan series.
Nevertheless, Barron has done an excellent job of re-imagining the pulpy idea of a mobbed up guy trying to be a good guy in a new environment and finding it difficult to stay out of trouble. And trouble might as well be Isaiah's middle name - his mob moniker was Hercules- because he tangles with everyone from the FBI to the retired black ops guys to the Outfit to the local toughs.
But what makes this book sing and shout is the narrative voice which is humorous as well as deadly. Many thanks to G. Putnam for providing an advance copy for review. What else has this guy written? View all 5 comments. Jun 05, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: bad-guys-rule , , crime-mystery. I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big trouble after crossing a deadly local boss.
That earns him a vicious beating as well as a dangerous enemy. Isaiah is content to I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review. Isaiah is content to follow orders about staying away from family business as he spends his days shoveling shit for the couple who run the place, and he makes several new friends while living a quiet life. Bottom line here is that this a really solid and entertaining piece of crime fiction.
The most interesting aspect is Isaiah himself. View all 3 comments. Feb 10, Paul rated it it was amazing. I'm on team Coleridge. Until he punches me in the ribs I'm kind of delicate. Brimming with memorable characters, action, nastiness, and well, fun that's my kind of fun, and I imagined Laird cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book. Aug 11, Faith rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , audio , overdrive , reviewed.
This is the first book in a new hard boiled detective series featuring Isaiah Coleridge, a mob enforcer who was working in Alaska until being exiled to upstate New York near the home of his estranged father after a problem involving walruses pissed off the wrong man. Isaiah is half Maori, has a fondness for classic literature and can't stand seeing animals abused.
Isaiah has been given a cover story to explain his arrival at Hawk Mountain Farm and Center for Symbolic Studies, run by the elderl This is the first book in a new hard boiled detective series featuring Isaiah Coleridge, a mob enforcer who was working in Alaska until being exiled to upstate New York near the home of his estranged father after a problem involving walruses pissed off the wrong man. And before we go, let's talk Hollywood. In Cold Blood has been made into a movie twice: once in and once, for television, in Rent the version.
Not only is it creepier, but the actor who plays killer Perry Smith, Robert Blake, was himself later acquitted of killing his wife Bonny Lee when he was 71 years old. You should have seen the headlines. In , another film, Capote , focused on the writer's immersion in the Clutter case as he was writing the book. In that one, Philip Seymour Hoffman pretty much nails it as Capote. The Oscar folks thought so, too. It forces us to wonder, who is safe? Whom can you trust? Is there justice?
If four God-fearing people in a decent family can be shot and killed for no reason, can that happen to us? Truman Capote doesn't really try to give The Answer to these questions as much as he tries to offer relative answers. He delves into the culture of small-town Kansas and sees the dark side as well as the "Prairie Home Companion" side. He gets inside the minds of two murderers and tries to get them to spill what got them to the point in their lives where they'd just as soon kill ya as look at ya.
The s America of the book was enjoying the peace and economic prosperity of the post- WWII years, and families like the Clutters benefitted from that. They were educated, financially stable, and optimistic about the future. One of the detectives tells Capote that, "Of all the people in the world, the Clutters were the least likely to be murdered. His two youngest kids were popular, good students, with plenty of close friends. Crashing into that perfect small-town America come a couple of characters who, unlike the Clutters, hadn't exactly benefitted from the rosy economy or had the good fortune to have prosperous or stable home lives.
Perry Smith, particularly, never had much of a home at all. He had a chaotic and abusive childhood filled with abandonment and neglect. He envied his partner in crime, Dick Hickock, who at least had parents who cared for him even though they were poor.
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For Perry and Dick, their close-knit community consisted of other inmates in the prisons where they both spent time. Does that scenario sound familiar? Income inequality? Class warfare?