Blood Father: A Novel

Blood Father: A Novel

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by Peter Craig

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A gripping novel about a young woman being chased by her violent past, and the flawed father forced to come to her rescue

Lydia Carson is an accident waiting to happen. Strung out, she's always running from disaster, and more often she's running right into it. Now at seventeen, Lydia has stumbled onto real



A gripping novel about a young woman being chased by her violent past, and the flawed father forced to come to her rescue

Lydia Carson is an accident waiting to happen. Strung out, she's always running from disaster, and more often she's running right into it. Now at seventeen, Lydia has stumbled onto real trouble. Not only has she witnessed a brutal murder perpetrated by her boyfriend, but his minions are out to make sure that she doesn't have a story to tell the police.

John Link is a former Hell's Angel, an ex-con, trying to stay clean and sober while running a tattoo parlor from the kitchen of his trailer home. He's also Lydia's long-estranged father, and when both the police and her boyfriend's thugs are hot on Lydia's trail, Link becomes Lydia's only hope.

From the highly acclaimed author of Hot Plastic, Blood Father is a gripping novel that confirms Peter Craig's place among the best crime novelists of his generation.

Editorial Reviews

Portland Oregonian
A fast-paced story with memorable characters.
Baltimore Sun
Furiously paced...easily Craig's best novel yet.
Kirkus Reviews
Headlong, dust-billowing suspense thriller, the best yet from Craig (Hot Plastic, 2004, etc.), who spins a father-daughter tale about a Hell's Angel and a hell's angel. The story explodes from a jaw-dropping opening that kicks into a booklong chase. At 14, Lydia Jane Carson cut loose from her high-toned West Hollywood home and unbearable mother and stepfather to seek a whole new life. Now 17, she flaps about in hell as mistress to Jonah Pincerna, an intense, cold, high-up middleman in a drug cartel. In the first scene, Jonah and his honchos take her on a vengeful mission involving missing drugs, but as the bodies drop, Lydia goes berserk, shoots Jonah, and races off on foot into the Topanga Canyon hills. The story then divides into separate narratives of Lydia's present difficulties, her experiences over the past three years, her biker father's current life, and the early adventures that landed him some heavy time in the slammer. Now out on parole, John Link earns his keep as a tattoo artist and lives in a trailer. Knowing that the cartel will be after her with all its hellhounds, and that she hasn't a chance to escape them, Lydia figures maybe her ex-Hell's Angel dad can help. She phones, and their bonding lifts off into bitter but loving father-daughter whiplash chitchat that makes the reader feel deep affection for these mutually bewildered characters. Kong-like John, a social misfit who might tear someone's arm off to beat in his skull, grasps but can't bear Lydia's vast, alien teenage wisdom and despair. He's also spooked by her fearlessness among bar rapists and some really, really bad people whom she charms with jokes and wry humor. As this odd couple takes flight, first in John'spiece-of-junk car and then on his huge Harley Davidson chopper, the nervy laughs pop into tense overdrive, and the fears never fade. So good already, but crying out for a movie adaptation.
From the Publisher
"Rollicking ... An engaging, affecting read ... [about] a father coming to terms with his past and a daughter confronting her demons as they go on the lam."—Publishers Weekly

"This father-and-daughter tale, recast as a fast-paced thriller, solidifies [Peter Craig's] reputation as a writer with a fresh and vivid point of view. Its theme of family reconciliation will especially appeal to readers who like their thrillers to be about more than just good guys and bad guys."—Booklist

haunting, tragic and, strangely enough, edifying, Peter Craig's Blood Father is nothing short of brilliant."—BookPage

"It is Craig's continuing exploration of difficult family relationships that gives Blood Father its vivid, pulsing heart."—Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

dust-billowing suspense thriller, the best yet from Craig."—Kirkus Reviews

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13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Craig, author of Hot Plastic and The Martini Shot, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of a James Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Growing up, he divided his time between a show-business family in California and a commune in Oregon. He now lives in Los Angeles with his two daughters.

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Blood Father 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never met a member of Hell's Angels before, but Peter Craig does an excellent job of describing Link to me. Link was a member of the Hell's Angels, a biker who lived life to the extreme, often through a haze of drugs and alcohol. He was a loser heading to self-destruction. He was put in jail for killing his friend which was a Hell's Angel member. Before he went to jail his girlfriend Ursula gave birth to a baby girl. She was born premature and it looked as if she wouldn't survive her first week. She luckily did and Link named her Lydia Jane. Link loved his children to death, but he and Ursula moved apart from each other because of his prison time.
Lydia's mom turned herself into a respectable woman and left her biker woman days well and truly behind her by marrying numerous times. Lydia was much like her dad Link and was a rebellious girl who was occasionally abused by her stepfathers and she turned to drugs for a way out at a young age. She became to be a smooth talking dealer, unaware just how dangerous he was until she made one mistake too many and had to run.
When Lydia joins her father they head for open road with the original fear that the police were after them and then later, the cold realization hits that someone with a grudge against Lydia was also on their trail. The people on her trial didn't have a small grudge, they meant business and Link wonders what Lydia has done before she met back up with him.
Blood Father is a story full of hopelessness with both father and daughter in desperate need of support with one either picking up the pieces of his life and the other on drugs. They are repeatedly fighting their own demons, learning to love and respect each other while distracted by the terrible danger that seems to be nipping at their heels.
The second half of the book is packed with the exciting thrill of the chase of Lydia's pursuers. The pace of the book is a lot calmer at the start with a lot of groundwork with settings and characters. I valued the background detail, because it helped me understand what each character is going through.
Peter Craig has done a good job of creating an situation with extreme violence and has made it seem like it could happen. He has written a powerful story, which had flawed heroes but made us want to care about them. The goal that Peter Craig wanted us to look at is if Link and Lydia would be able to escape from their tainted lives unharmed.
Happy endings are never certain in real life, nothing can be taken for granted and Peter Craig has us ponder that. Well-written and strenuous, this is an excellent novel to read and to also re-read as well to recognize some key facts that Craig put in that you missed.