Bloodman is the first novel by Robert Pobi and it is a gritty psychological thriller which, like the title suggests often contains grisly descriptions. It is not a book for the faint hearted. After nearly thirty years away from home, FBI consultant, Jake Cole has reluctantly returned to Long Island. His estranged father, an artist, has managed to set himself aflame in a drunken state and hurled himself though a window. His father is also suffering from Alzheimer’s and Jake needs to sort out his affairs.
Jake has only been home a few hours when he gets a call from the local sheriff, Mike Hauser. A young woman and her child have been found murdered and skinned alive. Jake’s work for the FBI involves looking at crime scenes and reading the killers unique artistic signature offering unique insights into the case. The sheriff is out of his depth and is hoping Jake can help. Once on the scene Jake recognises the killers signature is the same as that of the person who killed his mother many years previously. Meanwhile Hurricane Dylan is steadily advancing and it is going to hit land just where they are. It is going to be the biggest hurricane to hit this part of the land since 1938.
I enjoyed this book, it was exciting and kept me turning the pages wondering what would happen next. The characters are interesting, Jake himself is a tattooed ex-junkie who has turned his life around. His amazing memory has given him a unique edge in spotting things at the scene of a crime which makes him ideal for the job he does. The local sheriff did come across as completely out of his depth and hoping for someone to take control. There are great descriptions of Jake’s wife and son who act as an oasis of calm for Jake amongst all the drama. Although Jake’s father is in hospital for much of the story and is unable to speak, he still comes across as a strong and forceful character and one particular scene in the hospital will play on your mind. His father obviously knows something but is unable to tell and has left paintings behind which may provide an insight. It is up to Jake to decipher the mystery before it is too late.
As the book progresses it is clear that a serial killer is out there and is linked to Jake in some way. The murders are described clearly, you clearly get a picture of the blood dripping and the state of the bodies at the scene and if you are at all squeamish this is not the book for you. The book has a fast pace and takes you on a roller coaster ride to the end, with shocks and thrills and an unexpected and disturbing ending. This is a fabulous thriller that will keep you awake at night.
Published by Arrow, Bloodman is available in paperback and ebook format.
Disclosure: I was sent the book for review but the opinions are my own
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