Monday, January 31, 2011

Blood Over Badge by Wayne Farquhar


"He could feel blows all over his body but he went numb. Pierce beat the shit out of him with a small wooden billy club."

Title:Blood Over Badge
Author: Wayne Farquhar
ISBN: 9780615359113
Publisher: 3L publishing/2010
Pages: 250

It starts with the trial of Kyle, who is barely 17 years old. He has murdered a man and is sentenced for life and sent to Angola Penitentiary, which is a hell hole. 16 years later, we see that his body, mind and soul slowly dissolving away. 

In San Francisco, the Mayor's daughter is kidnapped and murdered. The killer is a rapist too. Jack Paige and Casey Ford are investigating it. They are in look out for the murderer. 

These two are unrelated crimes and unrelated murderers. And suddenly there is a link. And what is that link? The characters have not much in common, not with the victim, the convicts or anyone else. Yet, there is a relationship. And such a one which takes the reader over the edge. With well etched characters, family issues, a revolting correctional officer, and very plausible detailing, intense emotions, great dialogues, this a good crime fiction debut. The ending is such that it hits the reader hard. And we are left with mixed feelings. 

No murderer deserves sympathy, no crime is greater than killing. Yet, there are questions on is it what we want our system to be? Don't prisoners deserve a decent life in prison? How does one deal with crooked correctional officers? As a murder mystery, it works well and Wayne Farquhar can deliver.

22 comments:

Marce said...

I searched for your review, now I understand, you hadn't did it, lol

I just reviewed this one also and I ordered it after seeing it on one of your teaser tuesday's.

The ending was the best I have read in a long time.

Kristin said...

Interesting teaser!

My teaser can be found here.

The Lit Witch said...

Wow... Sounds incredibly dark! Great teaser. Thanks for stopping by today!

Gigi Ann said...

What a scary teaser. I am not much of a Suspense/Thriller reader. I stick to the cozy mysteries.

Novroz said...

Auch!! That sounds awful...the kind of book I would definitely enjoy

Hott Books - Gina said...

Awesome review!


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gautami tripathy said...

Novroz: LOL! I like your comment.

CMash said...

Somethng to think about....definitely profound!

Heather said...

Sounds dark and more than a little intriguing. Thanks for visiting!

Amy said...

Interesting teaser. Sounds like a good read too.

Book Bird Dog said...

Sounds like a good mystery plot!
My teaser: The Tapestry Shop

Pixie said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Great teaser.

Aleksandra said...

Great teaser!

Cat said...

Great teaser - this book seems to be getting positive reviews and sounds like one I'd like.

Lori said...

NICE Teaser!!! I hope the book is as good as it looks to be. Here is my choice for this weeks Tuesday Teaser.

Jessica said...

WOW! That's kind of intense!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Aisle B said...

Can you say pain... ouch ouch ouch at the thought of every beating of the wood against his body.

Hmmm going to clean the bloody mess from my keyboard for you now ;)

jlshall said...

This one sounds like something I need to check out. Good teaser!

Eleri Stone said...

Sounds like a really interesting and complex story.

Yvonne said...

Ooohhhh...this sounds really good!

Barbara said...

wow -- that was a good teaser! Thanks so much for stopping by On the Bookcase.

stacybuckeye said...

Oh, this sounds excellent. Adding it to my wishlist right now!