The Blooding

The Blooding

by Joseph Wambaugh


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The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh

Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough.  Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved.  Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so brutally murdered.  But it will take four years, a scientific breakthrough, the largest manhunt in British crime annals, and the blooding of more than four thousand men before the real killer is found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553763300
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1995
Pages: 428
Sales rank: 319,956
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joseph Wambaugh is the hard-hitting bestselling writer who conveys the passionate immediacy of a special world. He was a police officer with the LAPD for 14 years before retiring in 1974, during which time he published three bestselling novels. Over the course of his career, Wambaugh has been the author of more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, all written in his gritty, distinctive noir-ish style. He's won multiple Edgar Awards, and several of his books have been made into feature films and TV movies. He lives in California with his wife.

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They say that in remote little English villages a newcomer can be accepted by the locals provided he buys property, pays his bills, and stays in continuous residence for about ninety-five years. The village of Narborough isn’t remote, being only six miles southwest of the city of Leicester, and it’s no longer so little—what with land developers enticing young families from urban housing estates with promises of safety and serenity—but it’s a village nonetheless.

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Table of Contents


1: Three Villages,
2: Demon and Spirit,
3: The Black Pad,
4: Mannequin,
5: Victims,
6: Village of Fear,
7: Plea,
8: Visions,
9: Discovery,
10: Breakthrough,
11: The Kitchen Porter,
12: Ten Pound Lane,
13: Square One,
14: Confession,
15: Resurrection,
16: Beyond Imagination,
17: The Window,
18: Dawn Ashworth II,
19: The Blooding,
20: The Flasher,
21: Phantom Days,
22: The Test,
23: Bloodprint,
24: Anniversary,
25: Unguarded Moment,
26: Blind Terror,
27: The Cake,
28: Homage,
29: Outrage,
30: Hindsight,
31: Churchyards,
An Exclusive First Look at Nocturne Harbor,

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The Blooding 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My only complaint about this book is that there were no pictures in it so you can only imagine what the people looked like based on the descriptions given in the book. Joseph Wambaugh is very good, almost towards the likes of Ann Rule but not quite. If there is any more Joseph Wambaugh, I wouldn¿t mind taking a dose of him again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift and was not sure that I'd actually like it. After managing to read it in one day I can now say this is the best book I have ever read. The Blooding will not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sparked my interest in literature and should be considered a work of art. In other words this book ROCKS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being true, I followed the scenes in the book on Google Map's street view and it made it very creepy! I could see the walking bridges and scenes of some of the attacks. I believe I found where the killer paced back and forth before one of his attracks. I was even able to pinpoint the house of one of the victimized families by the author's detailed account of the 60 panes in the bay window that must have been difficult to clean. Buy it and follow along like I did! CREEPY stuff!!!
beedyr More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very interesting book. True crime about two girls being attacked and killed in the same area. It took so long to find the killer...he was so average. He lived among his neighbors for years without being discovered. It took the advent of DNA to solve these murders. The detectives worked so long and hard against almost impossible odds. Well written, as always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I've ever given 5 stars. This was an excellent book that I read over Christmas break and was completely in awe the entire time. This book starts in high gear and stays there throughout. No long intro setting up the story, this book jumps right in and left me wanting more and more. The ending was especially surprising and not what I was expecting. Enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Wambaugh is gifted. Be prepared to stay with story until the end. Gripping, somewhat mind boggling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best novel i have read in years i could not put it down The characters were incredible the mind of the sick and evil knows no bounds COLIN will blow your mind I LOVED the perserverence of of the murder squad especially Det Pearce 274 pgs of suspense Thank God for DNA as we now know it
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