The difference between murder, accident, or suicide is sometimes indistinguishable.
Ex-cop John Jordan, now a prison chaplain in the Florida Panhandle, witnesses the bloody death of Potter Correctional Institution inmate Ike Johnson. But what exactly did he witness? Murder, accident, or suicide? Jordan discovers that in the closed society of captives and captors no act goes unseen, and no one takes kindly to a cop in a collar. He soon finds his reputation, his career, and even his life are at stake.
Newly revised with an introduction by Michael Connelly.
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You come to cast me out, holy man?
An intelligent and well written thriller, Power in the Blood seems to lose it's way after a good beginning. The plot becomes convoluted, veering away into crazy chaos in an attempt to prevent the reader solving the who-dun-it puzzle before the big reveal. However, the characterisation of the main protagonist, prison chaplain John Jordan, was excellent.
The narration of this book was excellent. Jason Betz reads in a slightly downbeat fashion which suits the character of Jordan who has to deal with his own inner turmoils. There is little differentiation in the voicings of the various protagonists - this is far more an intelligent reading than a performance - but this doesn't matter as each personality is still distinctive.
A good series start with a powerful central character with a somewhat different perspective to most investigative stories. Definite flaws here, but I personally enjoyed the book and look forward to the next.
- Norma Miles