Blood Solutions

Blood Solutions

by B.J. Smith


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A brutal crime in the Midwestern woods leads to a string of grisly murders that test the sleuthing skills of Detective Edward "Red" Shaw. The first is one of the most gruesome killings Shaw has ever seen. The killer horribly mutilated his victim, carving a crude crossword puzzle grid into his skin along with an ominous, bloody clue.Shaw knows instantly the case will be like nothing he's worked on before. It doesn't help that his longtime, trusted partner is on medical leave with a bum leg, that his ex-wife Sally has finally moved on, and that he arrives at the crime scene with a raging hangover.Known as "Red" to a select few, Shaw does his best to get along with the brash, ambitious prosecutor assigned to the case, and he relies on the counsel and expertise of Dr. Paul "Penny" Penawalt despite the medical examiner's smartass attitude.Manipulating the media and co-opting a conflicted psychologist to get what he needs, Shaw follows a deadly path through the puzzling twists and turns of this "compelling, gut-wrenching thriller" to the ultimate confrontation with a murderous sociopath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511404563
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2015
Series: Detective Red Shaw , #1
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

B.J. Smith writes fiction, essays, poetry and technical prose. As a daily newspaper reporter, he covered education, police and courthouse beats. He also worked for a newspaper syndicate, editing nationally published opinion, health and home-repair columns, and proofreading crossword puzzles.

A cyclist, hiker, University of Iowa grad, U.S. Navy veteran, former public relations practitioner and onetime soda jerk, busboy and dishwasher, he publishes a blog, The Smith Compound, at

He and his wife, Susan, live in Longmont, Colorado. They enjoy bicycling and hiking in the mountains.

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Blood Solutions 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
A detective with the Des Moines, Iowa Police Department, Ed Shaw has a full plate. On the personal side, his long-time partner is on medical leave, his ex-wife is moving on, and he got drunk the night before being called to a brutal crime scene. Needless to say, a lot of eyebrows were being raised as he had to rush away before he contaminated said crime scene. Somebody is loose on the streets that really likes using a knife. First an old man walking his dog is brutally mutilated (and the dog stabbed). The only clue the police have is carved into the man's back. It's a crossword puzzle clue. And this is not the only body found. And what do these deaths have to do with a killing that took place many years previously? Working with the best available people he know, Shaw is depending on the medical examiner and the County Attorney. He's not even above manipulating a journalist to get what he wants/needs to solve this case. But there's a lot going on behind the scenes. A psychologist has a client that 'thinks' he may be the killer, even though he doesn't actually remember doing the killing. The psychologist has an internal battle trying to decide if he needs to go to the police. The County Attorney is having an affair .. and his girlfriend has just announced that she's pregnant. The Attorney's wife and father-in-law ( a well-known judge ) are not going to be pleased. I liked that the book gave a back story to all these characters. Trying to decide who did what to whom was fun ... and not easy. I rather like the challenge of not automatically knowing. The ending was sort of a surprise. The opening chapter was an eye-opener ... grabbed my attention in a heart beat. Slowed down a little in order to introduce the characters fully, and from there it was a fast-paced thriller.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Edward Shaw is a detective with the Des Moines Police Department, and he may be in over his head with his most recent case. One body after another are piling up, each horribly mutilated and, at first, each marked with a message that ties the murders to ... the Sunday crossword puzzles? In following the bloody, disturbing trail of evidence, Shaw's determined digging unearths a decades-old case that someone --- at least one person, that is --- will stop at absolutely nothing to keep buried, even if it means that the killing doesn't stop. Author B.J. Smith presents his compelling, gut-wrenching thriller, BLOOD SOLUTIONS, featuring the detective Edward "Red" Shaw. What will first capture readers of this novel is the constant building tension via the breakneck pace at which events unfold. Within the first few chapters, a dozen different characters are introduced, each playing a vital role in the rest of the story, and it takes a careful eye to keep each of the players straight. That said, Shaw is a wholly worthy protagonist, certainly up to the challenges posed by the successive and increasingly brutal murders plaguing his jurisdiction. His character strikes a neat balance between the hard-boiled detectives of past noir thrillers (think Sam Spade) and the somewhat less cynical, less worldly, but no less intelligent and capable detectives of more modern fiction. Each twist and turn in the story line kept me eagerly turning pages, fascinated by the thoroughly and expertly developed plot points. In a novel so securely classified as a thriller, the characters aren't nearly as important as the forward momentum of the suspenseful mystery taking place, and as such are less developed than they might be in a more character-driven genre like literary fiction or romance. Nonetheless, for those who appreciate the quick intellect, twisted puzzles, and unforeseen plot twists afforded by other authors today like Dan Brown or Lee Child, Smith's BLOOD SOLUTIONS is a very satisfying read. # # # Author: B.J. Smith Title: BLOOD SOLUTIONS ASIN: B00TZFE7GE Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. i was hooked from the first chapter.  Great characters some you love some you just feel sorry for. I hope B.J. Smith writes a few more books about  Detective Edward Shaw .  I look forward to his next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great detective novel. Very good read. Can't wait for the next one.