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Bloodman
     

Bloodman

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by Robert Pobi
 

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FBI independent contractor Jake Cole deciphers the language of murderers by reconstructing three-dimensional crime scene models in his head—a grim gift that has left his nerves frayed and his psyche fragile. When his father, an important American painter, is almost killed in an Alzheimer’s-fueled accident, Jake is forced to come home and confront a past

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FBI independent contractor Jake Cole deciphers the language of murderers by reconstructing three-dimensional crime scene models in his head—a grim gift that has left his nerves frayed and his psyche fragile. When his father, an important American painter, is almost killed in an Alzheimer’s-fueled accident, Jake is forced to come home and confront a past he spent a quarter of a century trying to forget. Once there, a brutal double homicide teaches Jake that even though he has forgotten about the past, it has not yet forgotten about him.

As Jake tries to make sense of his father’s unhinged existence, he discovers thousands of seemingly meaningless canvases stacked in the studio—a bizarre trail of dust-covered breadcrumbs that Jake believes lead to a killer called the Bloodman. All of his work seems to come apart just as another malevolent beast descends on the town—a Category 5 hurricane that is as unstoppable as the murderer. Pinned between the two forces of nature, Jake realizes that old ghosts are on the move.

Bloodman will leave you reeling long after you have finished listening to it.

“A Sixth Sense-like take on Thomas Harris in his prime...Days after racing to the finish, and letting the book rattle around in the unconscious, the story still unsettles me.” —National Post

“Jake Cole has to be one of the most compelling and tormented protagonists in recent crime fiction…Bloodman is a remarkable debut.” —Booklist (starred review)

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Publishers Weekly
Former antiques dealer Pobi boldly announces his arrival as a cunning novelist with this grim and gory debut thriller. FBI contractor Jake Cole, burdened with an uncanny ability to mentally recreate 3D crime scenes, returns home to Montauk, NY to care for his estranged father, a renowned painter suffering from Alzheimer's. But Jake is soon called into action by local authorities to help capture a ruthless serial killer who scalps and skins his victims. Tormented by his morbid profession, a dysfunctional family history, and the blood-thirsty psychopath, Jake must immerse himself in a past he thought he left behind decades ago. As the victims pile up—and a Category 5 hurricane bears down on the coastal town—he becomes convinced that the secret behind the thousands of mysterious canvases stacked along the walls of his father's art studio will lead him to the killer. Pobi revels in grisly scenes, and though the chilling finale might feel lacking, the author's cinematic vision and precise attention to detail, as well as a subtle trail of clues and a tight, macabre plot, trump character clichés and the incomplete denouement. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612182131
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,183,569
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Robert Pobi spent the past 15 years sleuthing antiques. To fuel his client’s desire for the unusual and exquisite, he travelled the world to auction houses and dealers, handpicking merchandise. This is his first novel.

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Bloodman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Jake Cole is the antithesis of an FBI agent. He has full body tattoos (from the time of his life when he was heavily addicted to drugs), and has a special ability to look at a murder scene and using his mind, he can figure out what transpired. This insight into killers' minds have made him a top serial murder investigator. He also wears a pacemaker and his heart can go out at any time. Jake returns to the home of his estranged father(Jacob) to put his father's affairs in order. His father is in the hospital with severe burns and hands burned down to stubs. He also appears to have Alzheimer's. His Montauk house is in total disarray with pieces of lawn and other matter in the refrigerator. There are also a bunch of weird paintings that Jacob had done with faceless bloody men. While Jake is there he is called by the local police to a murder scene where a woman and boy have been skinned alive. Jake is determined to find who did this because several years ago his mother met the same fate and he feels her killer has returned. To make things more complicated a huge hurricane is bearing down on Montauk, so residents are being told to evacuate. This storm also brings a lot of electrical energy which keeps doing weird things to Jake's pacemaker. As Jake investigates, people close to him start showing up dead. When his own wife and son go missing, Jake becomes a man possessed to get to the "Bloodman" before they are added to his list of murders. This is an excellent psychological thriller that is something that Hitchcock could produce. The tension is rife as Jake is racing while the storm bears down. This is a story that wastes no single page. Everything that seems "odd" is significant to finding out the ultimate truth. I would have given this one a full five stars but the first half of the book is slow at times and there were a couple of loose ends that are not fully tied down in the end.