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Flash Blood by Joseph Hirsch
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Flash Blood

by Joseph Hirsch

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4.5*

Dan Maple meets Thaddeus Smith at a Veteran rehabilitation centre. When Smith disappears, Maple hires PI James Arklow to find him. The peculiarities surrounding why Maple wants to locate the missing man is bizarre, but the generous fee entices the semi-retired PI to put his writing aspirations on hold. When James Bender, a PI wannabe, offers Arklow his services in exchange for a short apprenticeship, we find ourselves caught up in a unique partnership. The well-constructed relationship between the protagonist and sidekick allows the reader to bond with both on a personal level. Hirsch has done an outstanding job with both these characters. His secondary characters are solid additions to his cast, and the pacing and introduction of characters is excellent.

Flash Blood unravels against a rich backdrop of beautifully described settings in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas. The descriptive narrative skilfully illustrates settings as dark as Leavenworth Prison and as airy as a snow-capped mountain chalet in Nevada.

Hirsch’s solid research and talent at creating emotional characters and vividly portrayed settings complement his imaginative plot. Although Flash Blood crosses horror and mystery genres, Hirsch’s plotline and premise is well structured. My only issue was the last scene. The characters' behaviour contradicted what Hirsch had shown to the reader throughout the novel. Cutting that final conflict wouldn’t have hindered the summation of the story.

Flash Blood by Joseph Hirsch is an unorthodox mystery with a dash of traditional horror that I would recommend to mystery-thriller buffs.
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  LEFraser | Feb 2, 2015 |
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