The first in a series of books with D.I. Ray McBain – a Glasgow detective who turns to his best friend, Kenny O’Neill when he goes on the run after he becomes the prime suspect in a grisly murder.
An old man is found murdered in his Glasgow flat. DI Ray McBain is called to the scene and is the first to notice that the man’s wounds mirror the Stigmata. The police quickly discover that the victim is a former janitor who worked in several care homes where he abused his charges. Is someone taking revenge thirty years after the fact?
McBain, as a child was a resident of Bethlehem House, a Catholic run care home where the murdered man worked and early on in the investigation, McBain decides to hide a crucial bit of evidence relating to his stay in the convent orphanage.
When his superiors find out, McBain becomes the prime suspect in the case and has to make a decision which will leave him on the run and alone, trying to solve the murders and, at the same time, the puzzle of his past – a past that is pushing into the present with a recurring suffocating dream of blood and feathers that descends on him every night.
Blood Tears is the first book in a series to feature DI Ray McBain and his friend Kenny O’Neill who tends to be on the other side of the law. The story definitely features more on Ray than Kenny and I look forward to getting to know Kenny more as the series goes on.
Set in Glasgow you really get the whole Scottish vibe through out the book and had no trouble keeping up with the Scottish slang when used. It just adds to the authenticity and was trying my best to do a strong Scottish accent in my head, of which I have no doubt I failed miserably.
There is a certain amount of humor throughout the story which I think was needed as the story line is a very dark one. It touches on abuse of which is never an easy subject to read about but this has been handled very skillfully by the author. McBain’s own past leads to him dealing with demons and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough wanting to find out more.
There are actually a few stand out characters including McBain. It’s not often you get so many likable characters, not in a crime book anyway. Whilst not everyone is on McBain’s side, it was good to see that a couple of his colleagues believe in him and I loved the chemistry between them.
Blood Tears is a dark and gritty story that makes for some uncomfortable but entertaining reading. It’s certainly a good start to a new series and can’t wait to see what else is in store for McBain and his team. With lots to shock the reader, of which will keep you hooked, this is one you need to add to your TBR pile.
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