Blood and Bone by William Lashner (Review #3)

bloodReviewed by Joyce Jacobs

“That’s just the way of it with sons and their fathers. He’ll be living on in your blood and bone.” Kind words meant to comfort 12 year old Kyle Byrne at the funeral of his father, Liam Byrne. Kyle’s mother was his married father’s mistress and for most of Kyle’s life his father was a romantic, distant figure who occasionally paid a call to his mistress and their son. Kyle longed for his father to be a part of his life. He fantasized about the things they’d do together, the conversations they’d have. When Liam died, something in Kyle died, too. Kyle’s mother took him to the funeral, but they were ejected by Liam’s widow. In desperation, Kyle ducked back into the church and, in a mad dash, grabbed the urn containing his father’s ashes and ran away with them. As an adult, Kyle still carries a bit of the ashes wherever he goes. Fourteen years later, Kyle blames his troubles on his fatherless childhood. He drifts through life with no goals other than drinking another beer, playing another video game, seducing another woman.

For years Kyle has paid his respects to his father, an attorney, by attending the funerals of attorneys who knew and worked with Liam. When Liam’s one-time partner, Laszlo Toth, is murdered, Kyle becomes a suspect and suddenly his life has a clear purpose — find the killer and clear himself. This is easier said than done, with enemies willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden.

This book will grab you with the first sentence and keep you reading until the final twist (and there are surprising ones) has played out. Kyle is an engaging character, a grown man who, at his core, remains a lost boy who needs his dad. Like most boys, he exasperates while simultaneously tugging your heartstrings. I enjoyed seeing Kyle grow and begin to find his way in the world. This was my first time reading a Lashner novel, but it won’t be the last.

A review copy of this book was supplied to the reviewer by the publisher.

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