Monday, March 19, 2007

The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes

The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes

This is a fairly standard PI novel featuring an emotionally scarred ex-cop. What makes it a bit different is the fact that it's situated in Ireland. Old friend Linda Dawson hires Edward Loy to track down her missing husband. He get caught up in way too many subplots with too many bland characters (cops, mobsters, rich folks with evil intentions) for me to truly enjoy the story.

Loy isn't a very interesting character and hasn't got much personality-wise to set him apart from say Lew Archer. He does have all traits we look for in a PI, being tough, persistent and smart.

There's some nice action scenes and descriptions of Dublin and it follows the numbers enough to please most PI-fans. However, it didn't leave me anxiously awaiting the next Loy-mystery.

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