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.
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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,
6: Village of Fear,
11: The Kitchen Porter,
12: Ten Pound Lane,
13: Square One,
16: Beyond Imagination,
17: The Window,
18: Dawn Ashworth II,
19: The Blooding,
20: The Flasher,
21: Phantom Days,
22: The Test,
25: Unguarded Moment,
26: Blind Terror,
27: The Cake,
An Exclusive First Look at Nocturne Harbor,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This book sparked my interest in literature and should be considered a work of art. In other words this book ROCKS!!!
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!!!
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.
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!!
Mr Wambaugh is gifted. Be prepared to stay with story until the end. Gripping, somewhat mind boggling!
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