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Precious Blood


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Jonathan Hayes, a veteran forensic pathologist, has been a New York City medical examiner, performing autopsies and testifying in murder trials, since 1990. A former contributing editor at Martha Stewart Living, Hayes has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, GQ, and Food & Wine. He is also the author of Precious Blood.


Though his debut covers familiar serial killer ground, Hayes's experience as a New York City medical examiner adds dimension to this thriller. Still recovering from his post-9/11 work, former medical examiner Edward Jenner consults on asbestos cases when he needs to pay the bills. Until now, that's been enough, but his self-imposed retirement ends when his old friend Douggie asks him to consult on a murder. The coed victim was the roommate of Douggie's niece Ana, and he thinks Jenner is the best person for the job. This brutal first death is clearly the start of a trend, and when Ana shows up on his doorstep, Jenner finds himself getting interested in the case despite himself. As more deaths occur, Jenner races to piece the puzzle together and find the killer. In terms of the violent serial killer, there's not much new here. What makes this story stand out is the nicely detailed forensic work. Fans of CSI and the like would definitely like this one. Recommended for most public libraries.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

New York City medical examiner Hayes provides plenty of authentic forensic atmosphere in his grisly debut. But his tale of a maniacal serial killer loose on the streets of Manhattan dwells too much on the carnage with insufficient focus on his protagonist's emotional state. Dr. Edward Jenner, an occasional private consultant who resigned from his post as a New York City forensic pathologist after the trauma of 9/11, is positive the gruesome crucifixion murder of a young college student is the handiwork of a burgeoning serial killer. When Ana de Jong, the murdered girl's roommate, appears in his loft, desperate for help, Jenner is plunged deep into a world of cruelty and death, a world he tried so desperately to leave behind. As more bodies pile up and the killer's methods become increasingly sadistic, Jenner races to identify the ancient text engraved in the victims' flesh, hoping it will lead him to the truth behind the murders. The somewhat creepy relationship that develops between Jenner and Ana distracts, while fans familiar with the conventions of the serial killer genre will find much of the action predictable. Hopefully, Hayes will combine his impressive forensics knowledge with a fresher plot and deeper characterization in his next thriller. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Even hard-core lovers of the thriller genre may find parts of PRECIOUS BLOOD as shocking as the goriest contemporary slasher films."--USA Today
"An intelligent thriller that takes you down the meanest streets . . . This reader was scared to death."--Linda Fairstein
"An impressive debut . . . The murders are grisly and striking, and Jenner is a likable lead."--Romantic Times
"Taut and chilling... a fast-paced thriller written by a real player in the game of forensic sleuthing."--Kathy Reichs, author of the bestseller BONES TO ASHES
"Fans of CSI and the like would definitely like this one."--Library Journal

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