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Katie Drake was an affluent single mother living in Queen's Park - until someone cut her throat and tore out her tongue. Worse still, the killer has abducted her fourteen-year-old daughter, Naomi. Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster quickly sees chilling parallels with the disappearance of teenager Leonie Stamey three years earlier. With hopes fading of finding Naomi alive, he calls on genealogist Nigel Barnes to piece together the links between the families of the two girls. The trail leads Nigel back to 1890, when a young couple arrived in the UK. A husband and wife fleeing a terrible crime in their past, and harbouring a secret that's now having bloody repercussions in the present ...

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Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in west London. He has published ten non-fiction books, including the bestselling Who Do You Think You Are?, which tied in with the BBC TV series. This is his second novel, following The Blood Detective, which introduced Barnes and Foster.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thrilling thriller 3 janvier 2011
Par E. R. Browne - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent thriller; I can see why it has attracted such consistently good reviews. Intriguing plot, great characterization... a well-written page-turner. Make sure you read Blood Detective first, otherwise not everything will quite add up.
Ned Browne (author of Crying Without Tears)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An enjoyable read bringing the past into the present 13 juin 2011
Par Helen Simpson - Publié sur Amazon.com
The second in the DCI Grant Foster series and although it's not paramount that you have read the previous book to enjoy this one, if you ARE planning to read the 'The Blood Detective' then it's probably advisable to read them in order. There are a couple of references to Foster's experiences on the last case as well as past relationship histories...and at one point the name of the killer from the last book is mentioned!

'Blood Atonement' is an agreeable, quick read which has an interesting genealogy and Mormon story line. The plot is easy to follow, occasionally travelling back in time to 1890 to but mainly set in the present day. It's easy to work out quite early on as to where the story is going, and because of this I felt the suspense was a little lacking. It's not boring or slow though and I enjoyed picking it up. If you're looking for an entertaining and informative light read...this fits the bill.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dan Waddell's Blood Atonement 15 novembre 2009
Par Susie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Blood Atonement is a police procedural like mystery with a twist.

Tracking the bad guy is mostly done by Nigle Barnes, a genealogical research specialist.

This book is a great introduction to a new mystery series, with characters you'll want to know better.

Reginald Hill describes it best, 'sharp plotting, elegant writing, engaging characters and a crackling climax.'

When I finished reading this book, I immediately ordered the second book, Blood Atonement.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "We all bear the stain of the sin and it must be atoned." 18 août 2009
Par Luan Gaines - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What first appears to be a heinous murder, gruesome enough in its own right, becomes far more baffling as Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster and Detective Inspector Heather Jenkins apply their skills to the murder of a single mother found in her garden, her throat slashed, her fourteen-year-old daughter missing, with virtually no clues to identity of the assailant/abductor. Returning to work after a long convalescence, Foster is anxious to get back to the job but is sidelined by an anxious superior, forced to submit to bureaucratic demands regardless of the urgency of the case. And it is that urgency that propels Blood Atonement, the peril of the missing girl and the sense of menace that surrounds the investigation, especially when a direct connection is made to events generations earlier and a continent away, in the United States.

Modern day police work in London makes use of technological advances in DNA and- in this unusual case- the efforts of genealogist Nigel Barnes (who has a personal history with Heather Jenkins). Waddell ties the disciplines together to create a plot far more sophisticated than might first appear. As connections are made to other mysterious deaths with blood ties, albeit distant, Foster suspects a series of crimes stemming from a violent family incident. The problem is in locating the other players, intervening to save the life of a young boy in foster care who may be next on the death list. A visit across the ocean to the fabled archives of The Church of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah holds the final piece of the puzzle. It is in Salt Lake City that Heather and Nigel discover the seeds of discontent that have reached across the years.

Waddell skillfully blends a contemporary investigation with religious beliefs and an outraged family determined to find justice. The reach of the past is seductive and powerful, revenge fueled by one religion's directive that harkens back to the bloody origins of the faith. For all the technological progress, Foster finds the same implacable hatred of one man for another unchanged, blood atonement and religious beliefs secure in the bosom of family. Call it religion or call it cult, the results are equally disturbing, the fate of a fourteen-year-old girl and a troubled boy at stake should Foster dare to stumble. Luan Gaines/2009.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting trail of relationships 5 janvier 2014
Par Carolyn J. Rose - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the paths Nigel and Grant go down to link victims and murderer, and liked the twist concerning the killer, but I wanted more bits and pieces about their characters. Nigel didn't quite come alive for me but that, of course, could be partly my fault. I will read another in the series.
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