BadBlood

Bad Blood: intelligent and entertaining

This is the fourth Virgil Flowers novel, but each book is self-contained and you don’t need to have read any of the previous ones to enjoy Bad Blood to the full. The series started as a spin-off from John Sandford’s long-running and extremely successful ‘Prey’ series, letting one of the minor characters develop and take…

CharityJkt LR

A Last Act Of Charity: JJ Stoner on the job

Without the constrictions of the short story format, where we’ve seen him in before, JJ Stoner becomes a far more complex character. Now we see him in his own territory. Although he professes to have given up being a hired killer, instead working as an investigator for the ‘hard man’, it doesn’t seem to have…

Horns LS

Horns: murder-mystery with a devilish twist

It’s never easy adapting a quirky book into an interesting film. ‘Horns’ turned out to be much better than you might expect. It’s an engaging, entertaining murder-mystery with a preposterous but perfectly accomplished supernatural spin. Take away the horns and you have a genre standard, wrongly-accused, coming of age investigation which centres on the brutal…

TearsInRain

Tears In Rain: intriguing ideas, flawed execution

The idea of developing one of the core themes from Blade Runner – artificial humans with a limited life span, created to do the dirty jobs that futuristic people would rather avoid – is an intriguing one. Bruna, the central character in ‘Tears In Rain’ is such a replicant. She’s a combat model, built and…

Game

Game: a serial killer stalks New York city

Throughout his childhood, Jazz was influenced and indoctrinated by his psycho-killer father in thought, deed and subliminal suggestion. Now as a young man on the brink of adulthood, he’s already a skilled social engineer, a manipulator. Is he also a serial killer in waiting? Or will he use his skills and talents to confront his…

sunblind

Sunblind: desperation in the desert

Imagine combining key elements from Pitch Black and Aliens. Set the action in the scorching Sonoran desert between Mexico and the US. Populate your cast with a couple of dozen disposable characters who fall prey to dehydration, in-fighting, snakebite, heatstroke… and far worse, as Something Awful picks them off, leaving only blood spatter and tattered…