Karl Kane is a private investigator with a dark past As a child, he witnessed the brutal rape murder of his mother Years later, Karl has a chance to avenge his mother s murder by killing the man responsible But he allows the opportunity to slip by, two days later, two girls are sexually molested then murdered by the killer DNF I wanted to like this I didn t hate it I just didn t love it Bloodstorm is a Private Detective novel set in Belfast I am from Northern Ireland and I love PI books When we met it should have been murder.The idea is a good one take a traditional, hard boiled, wise cracking gumshoe and put him on the mean streets of post troubles Belfast Unfortunately, this could be set anywhere, Belfast never becomes a character, there is no sense of uniqueness of setting and, worst of all, people jus I wanted to like this I didn t hate it I just didn t love it Bloodstorm is a Private Detective novel set in Belfast I am from Northern Ireland and I love PI books When we met it should have been murder.The idea is a good one take a traditional, hard boiled, wise cracking gumshoe and put him on the mean streets of post troubles Belfast Unfortunately, this could be set anywhere, Belfast never becomes a character, there is no sense of uniqueness of setting and, worst of all, people just don t speak like that, not least the people of Belfast The dialogue is stilted and unnatural for the most part there is no rhythm to it and in key scenes is reads like poor actors reading a laboured, expositional script As I said, I didn t hate it There is a decent plot although it would benefit from a good editor sections could have been streamlined or left out altogether, wild dogs become confused with wild pigs both appear on Belfast s Cavehill at times in the novel , and, while I love Billie Holiday, her voice was anything but flawless I may pick up other work by Millar His bio certainly suggests that he should have an authentic voice but it just doesn t come through in Bloodstorm I enjoyed this first Karl Kane book, but have to admit I only bought it after reading the excellent reviews for it Two I have enclosed with this review Bloodstorm is nothing I expected Kark Kane is a terrific character with a very dark past and terrible secret I know the book has been condemned for its violence, but I thought the violence played a need part of the story terrific At the start of this powerful first of a new crime series from Irish author Millar The Redemption Factory , wi I enjoyed this first Karl Kane book, but have to admit I only bought it after reading the excellent reviews for it Two I have enclosed with this review Bloodstorm is nothing I expected Kark Kane is a terrific character with a very dark past and terrible secret I know the book has been condemned for its violence, but I thought the violence played a need part of the story terrific At the start of this powerful first of a new crime series from Irish author Millar The Redemption Factory , wild dogs finish off a battered gang rape victim, left for dead in a unused quarry outside Belfast one summer day in 1978 Decades later, someone is picking off the men responsible for this outrage At the behest of a shadowy employer, PI Karl Kane investigates the death of one of the rapists, whose body turns up in the city s Botanic Gardens Flashbacks to the 1960s, when a young boy witnessed his mother s murder and narrowly escaped death at her killer s hands, help build suspense as their relevance to the present day murders slowly and chillingly comes into focus Millar adds police corruption to the mix to make Kane s search for the truth eventroublesome Bloodstorm is the first in a powerful new crime series from Irish author Millar, and its consistently tough prose should help gain Millar fans in the U.S with a taste for the hard boiled Extremely original, it is a chillingly gripping book Publisher Weekly, USA Irish crime writer, Sam Millar The Redemption Factory is back with a brand new anti hero, Karl Kane Thirty years ago Robert Mitchum and Michael Winner reprised The Big Sleep, setting their version of Raymond Chandler s classic California crime novel in modern day London Surprisingly, the change of venue worked In Bloodstorm, Millar s wisecracking PI Karl Kane, though navigating the cockeyed lanes of twenty first century Belfast, could just as well be rambling the mean streets of prewar L.A in tandem with Philip Marlowe Private eye novel conventions that no longer are believable in the U.S the presence of an admiring and foxy Girl Friday, who draws a paycheck and does nothing, for example, or the hero s habit of spouting off for the heck of it to the police in the age of Homeland Security somehow seems right at home in the context of contemporary BelfastMillar s story line, too, will remind fans of the Marlowe stories it s as masterful as anything Chandler concocted by stitching together unrelated short stories Crime noir doesn t get much darker or grittier than this shocking tale of corruption and revenge Altogether, Bloodstorm is a real find for aficionados of the classic hard boiled novel who would like to see the form updated without it smelling like an anachronism Booklist, USA Premier volet d une trilogie polici re pas comme les autres, avec pour figure centrale, le d tective priv Karl Kane.On a l un bouquin tr s noir, avec des descriptions r pugnantes et vulgaires, un bouquin hyper violent, mais en parfaite coh rence avec l intrigue, un bouquin sombre, poignant, immoral et la lisi re du d sespoir On ne s y engage pas pour se changer les id es et voir du pays, mais on fait tout de m me une sacr e d couverte Karl Kane est du genre sympa malgr un portrait peu fl Premier volet d une trilogie polici re pas comme les autres, avec pour figure centrale, le d tective priv Karl Kane.On a l un bouquin tr s noir, avec des descriptions r pugnantes et vulgaires, un bouquin hyper violent, mais en parfaite coh rence avec l intrigue, un bouquin sombre, poignant, immoral et la lisi re du d sespoir On ne s y engage pas pour se changer les id es et voir du pays, mais on fait tout de m me une sacr e d couverte Karl Kane est du genre sympa malgr un portrait peu flatteur C est un mec bourru et meurtri, qui tra ne des casseroles, flic refoul , crivain frustr , amateur de poker et aimant prendre des risques inconsid r s pour s offrir la t te de ceux qui l exasp rent et ils sont nombreux Reste heureusement un humour cynique et amer, dos juste comme il faut pour nous extirper de cette mar e noire La lecture n est pas exceptionnelle, mais pas d sagr able non plus Je tenterai les suivants