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BOOK REVIEW: PRECIOUS BLOOD
BY JONATHAN HAYES

We hope you enjoy this book review by Allen Hott.



Precious Blood may be the first novel written by Jonathan Hayes but it undoubtedly will not be the last. The former forensic pathologist has written an in depth look at the field of forensics and its place in a criminal investigation. He has written about the field by telling the story of a psychotic murderer who uses a very strange method of selecting his victims and then uses an even stranger method of brutally mutilating them.

Precious Blood begins by introducing Edward Jenner, a forensic pathologist, who had been devastated by the horror of 9/11 and his involvement with it. Due to his mental condition he had been terminated from his job with the NY crime lab. He just had returned to work on a freelance basis and was investigating the horrific murder of a young college girl. The murder scene was a grisly one and appeared to have some sort of religious connation to it.

It turns out that the roommate of the slain girl is the niece of a friend of Jenner. The friend is out of the country and asks Jenner to watch over his niece whose parents are dead. The more Jenner becomes involved with the young girl the more he also becomes involved with the murder investigation although he is warned off by the coroner and police. Jenner finds other similar murders have been carried out recently in not only New York City but also in the hometown of the college girl.

Meanwhile the perpetrator of the crimes is seeking more victims. Robert Farrar came from a troubled background of abuse. He was shuttled back and forth as a child and spent most of his time being reared by a Catholic priest. Farrar had a sharp mind and he learned much about the saints from his mentor. He also mastered several old languages and with his artistic nature he became skilled in artwork coupled with strange symbols. All of these traits were to be useful to him in his savagery of victims. Jenner in his continuing efforts determines that the killer picks his victims through his contact with a sperm bank. Jenner realizes there is also always a connection between the victim and a Catholic saint with the same name. After the young girl that he has been helping is kidnapped he struggles to find her before her namesake’s holy day.

How he goes about catching Farrar before Farrar can complete his next gruesome ritual is the culmination of the story. Because of the nature of the crimes and background of the author many of the scenes are necessarily grisly but well told.

A very interesting book by a new author who helps the reader get the feel for the scene by some very authentic writing about the horrendous actions of a demented person.

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

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