The Wrong Kind of Blood (Ed Loy Series #1)

The Wrong Kind of Blood (Ed Loy Series #1)

by Declan Hughes
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Wrong Kind of Blood (Ed Loy Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
F_O More than 1 year ago
I've never been anywhere east of London (and the trip to London was during only my fifth year of existence) but it's almost as if I could hear the Irish lilt in Ed Loy's voice, as well as his boyhood friends'. Hughes writes in the same vein as Chandler and Hammett (maybe more so Hammett since Ed seems a bit less damaged than Marlowe)...but he does it well enough to draw these comparisons without getting smacked on the knuckles for trying to imitate the Masters and failing. Of all the writers I've read recently, he most reminds me of the old hard-boiled tradition without seeming out-dated or shallow. There's depth to Loy that will make me want to go on reading about him, even if only to see how much physical damage (or how many broken bones) he can sustain.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over twenty years have passed since Edward Loy left Dublin for the United States, but the private investigator returns home for his mom¿s funeral. On the same day his mother is buried, an old school chum, Linda Dawson tongue kisses Edward while asking him to locate her missing husband Peter gone four days. Though he struggles with the concept of tonguing one man while allegedly missing your spouse, Edward agrees to investigate as his mother¿s death serves as a reminder of his tragedy back in L.A. that has left him with a bottle as his only comfort this is an opportunity to begin the climb back out of the alcoholic haze.-------------------- Loy follows Peter¿s last known trail, which leads him to a corpse in town hall. From there he runs afoul of an organized crime mob, the IRA, and the Garda each in their own style warning him to not just back off, but to go back across the ocean. Other murders and more kisses follow as Loy continues his inquiries refusing to allow anyone to scare him off as death seems easy compared to the fall into the ooze beneath the food chain that he already has taken.------------- Although there are too many subplots intruding in this violent exhilarating Irish private investigative tale, readers will appreciate Loy¿s first person lament. What is fascinating is the comparison between Loy¿s ¿world¿ filled with hostility and cruelty vs. the pastoral setting of Dublin. Loy is an interesting protagonist whose hard boiled investigation makes for a fun armchair tour of the Irish capital.-------- Harriet Klausner
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rtpana More than 1 year ago
I normally don't read procedurals where the main character is not a DI but this was not bad. The story was intricate yet believable and the final made sense. I will try the next book in the series and hope that the character does not develop more angst.
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Edward Loy returns to Dublin for the funeral of his mother after living in L.A.for the past 20 years.The night of the funeral he runs into an old friend Linda Dawson,who asks Loy to look into the disappearance of her husband Peter.While in L.A. Loy had worked as a P.I./Bodyguard as well as a bartender.Good jobs to have when gaining insight into the wicked ways of humanity.He'll need all of his skills while working this case.No one is on the level in this one from Linda Dawson,the Garda,to the Dublin underworld.When Loy runs afoul of the Halligan brothers (the dapper and smart George and the brutish Podge)the case takes a darker turn.There is violence,but not the over the top kind that has been mentioned in some reviews.I've read worse.The blood in The Wrong Kind of Blood is family.The whole story is tied up in a very poignant ending.This is a lean and muscular debut from a new voice in crime fiction and of course a sequel to follow in 2007.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No character in this book was remotely likable. Egregious obscenity and violence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curls up in a tight ball and falls asleep.