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Blood Dreams (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #10)

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by Kay Hooper

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New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper takes readers on a terrifying manhunt for a serial killer even the Special Crimes Unit may not be able to stop.
Dani Justice knows all about monsters. They haunt her dreams—and her life. But she never expected to find herself on the trail of a real flesh-and-blood predator so cunning


New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper takes readers on a terrifying manhunt for a serial killer even the Special Crimes Unit may not be able to stop.
Dani Justice knows all about monsters. They haunt her dreams—and her life. But she never expected to find herself on the trail of a real flesh-and-blood predator so cunning that he’s eluded the best law enforcement could send against him; and so deadly that he doesn’t hesitate to kill even a senator’s daughter. Or a cop. Dani doesn’t want to hunt this killer, but she doesn’t have a choice. She alone commands a weapon powerful enough to stop him. And she knows something even Bishop of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit doesn’t know. Dani knows how the hunt ends. It ends in fire. And blood. And death. What she doesn’t know is who will survive.

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" A good read for fans of other serial-killer books and the TV show, Criminal Minds."—Booklist

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In the plodding first of a new psychic crime fighter trilogy from bestseller Hooper (Sleeping with Fear), Noah Bishop of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit is now supervising an all-female team of civilian contractors known as Haven. Together, they track a serial killer who has moved his maniacal atrocities from Boston to a small town outside Atlanta, where he continues to kidnap, torture and kill women. Psychic Dani Justice, who can often predict the future through her dreams, becomes obsessed with the case. The investigation of the crimes gets lost amid lots of psychic babble by members of Haven, hand-wringing by the local police, and frequent snapshots of the killer with his victims. An abrupt ending doesn't deliver on any of the trauma and drama that Justice's dreams have predicted, though presumably readers will get satisfaction on that score in the next entry in the series. (Jan.)

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Random House Publishing Group
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Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series , #10
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Blood Dreams

By Kay Hooper


Copyright © 2007 Kay Hooper
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780553804843


I brought to life, Dani thought. The vision.

The smell of blood turned her stomach, the thick, acrid smoke burned her eyes, and what had been for so long a wispy, dreamlike memory was now jarring, throat-clogging reality. For just an instant she was paralyzed. It was all coming true.

Despite everything she had done, everything she had tried to do, despite all the warnings, once again it was all–

“Dani?” Hollis appeared at her side, seemingly out of the smoke, gun drawn, blue eyes sharp even squinted against the stench. “Where is it?”

“I–I can’t. I mean, I don’t think I can–”

“Dani, you’re all we’ve got. You’re all they’ve got. Do you understand that?”

Reaching desperately for strength she wasn’t at all sure she had, Dani said, “If somebody had just listened to me when it mattered–”

“Stop looking back. There’s no sense in it. Now is all that counts. Which way, Dani?”

Impossible as it was, Dani had to force herself to concentrate on the stench of blood she knew neither of the others could smell. A blood trail that was all they had to guide them. She nearly gagged, then pointed. “That way.Toward the back. But . . .”

“But what?”

“Down. Lower. There’s a basement level.” Stairs. She remembered stairs. Going down them. Down into hell.

“It isn’t on the blueprints.”

“I know.”

“Bad place to get trapped in a burning building,” Hollis noted. “The roof could fall in on us. Easily.”

Bishop appeared out of the smoke as suddenly as Hollis had, weapon in hand, his face stone, eyes haunted. “We have to hurry.”

“Yeah,” Hollis replied, “we get that. Burning building. Maniacal killer. Good seriously outnumbered by evil. Bad situation.” Her words and tone were flippant, but her gaze on his face was anything but, intent and measuring.

“You forgot potential victim in maniacal killer’s hands,” her boss said, not even trying to match her tone.

“Never. Dani, did you see the basement, or are you feeling it?”

“Stairs. I saw them.” The weight on her shoulders felt like the world, so maybe that was what was pressing her down. Or . . . “And what I feel now ...He’s lower. He’s underneath us.”

“Then we look for stairs.”

Dani coughed. She was trying to think, trying to remember. But dreams recalled were such dim, insubstantial things, even vision dreams sometimes, and there was no way for her to be sure she was remembering clearly. She was overwhelmingly conscious of precious time passing and looked at her wrist, at the bulky digital watch that told her it was 2:47 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.

Odd. She never wore a watch. Why was she wearing one now? And why a watch that looked so . . . alien on her thin wrist?


She shook off the momentary confusion. “The stairs. Not where you’d expect them to be,” she managed finally, coughing again. “They’re in a closet or something like that. A small office. Room. Not a hallway. Hallways–” A flash of endless, featureless hallways, brightly lit . . .


The image in her mind vanished as quickly as it had come, and Dani dismissed it as unimportant because an absolute certainty had replaced it. “Shit. The basement is divided. By a solid wall. Two big rooms. And accessed from this main level by two different stairways, one at each side of the building, in the back.”

“What kind of crazy-ass design is that?” Hollis demanded.

“If we get out of this alive, you can ask the architect.” The smell of blood was almost overpowering, and Dani’s head was beginning to hurt. Badly. Hallways. No, not hallways, two separate spaces, distinct sides . . . She had never before pushed herself for so long without a break, especially with this level of intensity.

It was Bishop who said, “You don’t know which side they’re in.”

“No. I’m sorry.” She felt as if she’d been apologizing to this man since she met him. Hell, she had been.

Hollis was scowling. To Bishop, she said, “Great. That’s just great. You’re psychically blind, the storm has all my senses scrambled, and we’re in a huge burning building without a freakin’ map.”

“Which is why Dani is here.” Those pale sentry eyes were fixed on her face.
Dani felt wholly inadequate. “I–I don’t– All I know is that he’s down there somewhere.”

“And Miranda?”

The name caused her a queer little shock, and for no more than a heartbeat, Dani had the dizzy sense of something out of place, out of sync somehow. But she had an answer for him. Of sorts. “She isn’t–dead. Yet. She’s bait, you know that. She was always bait, to lure you.”

“And you,” Bishop said.

Dani didn’t want to think about that. Couldn’t, for some reason she was unable to explain, think about that. “We have to go, now. He won’t wait, not this time.” And he’s not the only one.

The conversation had taken only brief minutes, but even so the smoke was thicker, the crackling roar of the fire louder, and the heat growing ever more intense.

Bitterly, Hollis said, “We’re on his timetable, just like before, like always, carried along without the chance to stop and think.”

Bishop turned and started toward the rear of the building and the south corner.

“I’ll go down on this side. You two head for the east corner.”

Dani wondered if instinct was guiding him as well, but all she said, to Hollis, was, “He wouldn’t take the chance if he had it, would he? To stop and think, I mean.”

“If it meant a minute lost in getting to Miranda? No way in hell. That alone would be enough, but on top of that he blames himself for this mess.”

“He couldn’t have known–”

“Yes. He could have. Maybe he even did. That’s why he believes it’s his fault. Come on, let’s go.”

Dani followed but had to ask, “Do you believe it’s his fault?”

Hollis paused for only an instant, looking back over her shoulder, and there was something hard and bright in her eyes. “Yes. I do. He played God one time too many. And we’re paying the price for his arrogance.”

Again, Dani followed the other woman, her throat tighter despite the fact that, as they reached the rear half of the building, the smoke wasn’t nearly as thick. They very quickly discovered, in the back of what might once have been a small office, a door that opened smoothly and silently to reveal a stairwell.

The stairwell was already lighted.

“Bingo,” Hollis breathed.

A part of Dani wanted to suggest that they wait, at least long enough for Bishop to check out the other side of the building, but every instinct as well as the waves of heat at her back told her there simply wasn’t time to wait.
Hollis shifted her weapon to a steady two-handed grip and sent Dani a quick look. “Ready?”

Dani didn’t spare the energy to wonder how anyone on earth could ever be ready for this. Instead, she concentrated on the only weapon she had, the one inside her aching head, and nodded.

Hollis had only taken one step when a thunderous crash sounded behind them and a new wave of almost intolerable heat threatened to shove them bodily into the stairwell.

The roof was falling in.


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Kay Hooper, who has more than thirteen million copies of her books in print worldwide, has won numerous awards and high praise for her novels. She lives in North Carolina.

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Blood Dreams (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series #10) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood Dreams is the start of a new trilogy with both new and familiar characters, and although it isn't my favorite story in the Bishop/SCU series, I still found it to be a quick, engaging read.
Dani has come home to Venture, Georgia, to comfort her twin sister, Paris, after her divorce. Or so she says. Both women know that there's really another reason that Dani has finally come home.
These sisters share a bond even closer than the normal one between twins, because they both possess psychic abilities. And Dani has been having dream visions that tell her an evil is coming to Venture, and that a showdown is inevitable.
Bishop and his SCU team have been tracking a vicious serial killer for over a month. When the demented killer made the mistake of killing a Senator's daughter, the murders in Boston abruptly stopped -- but Bishop is sure this particular killer isn't finished. And he's not, because it soon becomes apparent that he's come to the small town of Venture.
With Dani and Paris, Bishop and Miranda, John Garrett and his team from Haven (a civilian pyschic unit started by Bishop), and Venture's sherriff (and once Dani's lover) Marc, you're looking at a situation that's bound to end badly. Because this is one serial killer who is even more evil, and powerful, than any of them ever imagined.
BLOOD DREAMS is definitely a quick read, and kept me guessing throughout the story. Totally enjoyable, and a good set-up for more books centering around these characters. Check it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Love Kay Hooper & love this serie!!! This book is for any age that enjoy misteries paranormal information & situations. I have read all other books by this author; even the romance type (I'm not much for romance stories), & yes!!! I would recommend this for book & her other books for club discussions.
wrobocop More than 1 year ago
I'm new to Kay Hooper so maybe this wasn't the best book to start with. I don't really care about any of the characters in this book. All they do is sit around and talk.ANd what's with this Gabrielle and Roxie character? They seem to have no tie in with the plot except for checking out warehouses. Why are their convaerstions so wierd? On page259 and debating if I should even waste my time to finish.
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Hello! Though I have not yet read this book, I have read the first six Bishop/Special Crimes Unit books by Kay Hooper and I loved them! I have the next three books to read and I just ordered series ten through twelve. I have enjoyed all of the books I have read by Kay Hooper so far and I know I will enjoy this book when I get around to reading it. I am sure you will love it too! A murder mystery/crime scene investigation that involves the paranormal; so exciting!
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GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
Hooper does a good job outlining events of a serial killer and the course of action the police and federal investigators take. With this story, she utilizes psychics. While I found the story pretty well written and enjoyed the psychics connections, she started to bring in more psychics. Knowing that this is something investigators use sometimes I found a few parts a little off the wall. These psychics somehow could connect with each other and enhance each others powers and sometimes absorb them and could "dream walk." I don't think something like that is possible so I found that a little - different I'll say. Not in a bad way. The story is pretty good and I will pursue the other 2 books just to find out what will happen.
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