Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case

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The story of a hard-up P.I. whose plush case of protecting a rich spoiled brat escalates into an encounter with a man-eating monster. More

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ISBN: 9781465898975
About Adam Pepper

At times disturbing and grim, others raunchy and comical, Adam Pepper’s work is known for a unique blend of horror, suspense and speculative fiction. MEMORIA, Adam’s debut novel, reached #1 on the Dark Delicacies Best Seller list and received rave reviews from Cemetery Dance and Chronicle. "Super Fetus," his outrageous Bizarro novella was called "In-your-face, allegorical social commentary" by esteemed reviewer, Paul Goat Allen. His quick-hitting short work has appeared in genre magazines including THE BEST OF HORRORFIND, Vol. 2 and SPACE AND TIME. Adam’s non-fiction credits span from NEW WOMAN MAGAZINE to THE JOURNAL NEWS. Learn more about Adam at his website: www.AdamPepper.com.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on June 30, 2012 :
Gritty crime thriller with sci-fi twist. Private detective Hank Mondale is down on his luck and needs a client to earn some fast cash when he gets a call from billionaire Thomas Blake out of the blue wanting to hire him to find the murderer now stalking his daughter MacKenzie. The only problem seems that the suspect seems less and less human with every murder. Decent sci-fi crime nvel and was a good way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Becky Raymond on Feb. 12, 2012 :
Hank Mondale is a private investigator whose bad habits and trouble with the law blocked him from ever making it to his dream job as aNew York Citycop. Days filled with drinking too much and gambling away money he doesn’t have make the job offer from a wealthy client almost a life or death situation. When his new client reveals that a supernatural monster trying to kill his daughter, Mondale is not sure whether to stay for the money or run before it’s too late. Desperate for the paycheck and assuming real estate mogul Thomas Blake’s daughter, Mackenzie, is likely spinning a dope-induced tale, Mondale takes the case.

As Mondale dives deeper into Blake’s story, he discovers that people around Mackenzie keep disappearing without a trace and that she and her father are clearly hiding more than just the threats to her life. Has Mondale been hired to protect a clever murdering family or is there really someone – or something – to blame?

The early pages of the story made me think of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser – if he had continued on a self-destructive spiral into drunken debauchery – at least until things took a supernatural turn for the weird. As I progressed to the second section of the book and learned more about Mackenzie’s stalker, I found Pepper’s stark and disturbing narrative made me cringe in distaste.

While I found this to be an eminently readable story with compelling characters and engaging descriptions, I still can’t decide if I liked it or not. The protagonist of the story, Hank Mondale, has more bad habits than Charlie Sheen on a bad day. Just when I started to think I might like him, he would do something else to make me cringe and question his sanity. The only endearing character is Mondale’s childhood friend, Vic, who struggles to balance his loyalty to Hank with his dedication to his job as a cop with a heartfelt and genuine frustration.

For lovers of supernatural fiction who have a strong stomach for vivid depictions of gory situations, Pepper’s engaging dialogue and descriptions make for a good read, even if they don’t make for likeable characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cecilia on Dec. 29, 2011 :
This book is seriously creepy and now I remember why I don´t usually read thrillers! They are way to creepy and I have nightmares for days if they are well written.

This book was partly kind of boring and partly creepy. This book is written from two perspectives, from the P.I. Hank Mondale´s and from It´s perspective. When the story was told from Hank´s view it was kind of boring and I found it difficult to continue reading. His whole personality was boring and lazy. He is not a very likable person. Then we get to read the story from the monster It´s view and then it got seriously creepy. The way it thinks and describe things just gets under my skin and I found it hard to continue reading because it creped me out. And it is not the only disturbing person in this story. There are someone else that is really horrible.

I would think that this novel is really good and it is very well written no doubt but it was not for me. If you thrillers and if you like things to be described in a way that it will be hard to get that image out of your head then this is for you. If you do not like that then you should stay away from this book. I wish I had. The images this book gave me will be hard to forget.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cecilia on Dec. 29, 2011 : (no rating)
This book is seriously creepy and now I remember why I don´t usually read thrillers! They are way to creepy and I have nightmares for days if they are well written.

This book was partly kind of boring and partly creepy. This book is written from two perspectives, from the P.I. Hank Mondale´s and from It´s perspective. When the story was told from Hank´s view it was kind of boring and I found it difficult to continue reading. His whole personality was boring and lazy. He is not a very likable person. Then we get to read the story from the monster It´s view and then it got seriously creepy. The way it thinks and describe things just gets under my skin and I found it hard to continue reading because it creped me out. And it is not the only disturbing person in this story. There are someone else that is really horrible.

I would think that this novel is really good and it is very well written no doubt but it was not for me. If you thrillers and if you like things to be described in a way that it will be hard to get that image out of your head then this is for you. If you do not like that then you should stay away from this book. I wish I had. The images this book gave me will be hard to forget.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Trinity Foreman on Dec. 26, 2011 :
This book was strange and intriguing from the first page to the last. Pepper's writing style is truly unique. Hank Mondale is a sorry excuse for a PI and that is is greatest strength when a celebrity comes calling. He knows Hank will be discreet because Hank plays everything slightly under the radar. However, things in the Blake house start to get more than strange. Hank gets caught up in the Blake world and a world of unexplainable disappearances, which he quickly begins to realize coincide.

For me this book started out great! I was ready to read more until Pepper changed POV's. It began to bounce back and forth an became erratic. I know a lot of people like books like this but it wasn't my cup-of-tea.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Trinity Foreman on Dec. 26, 2011 : (no rating)
This book was strange and intriguing from the first page to the last. Pepper's writing style is truly unique. Hank Mondale is a sorry excuse for a PI and that is is greatest strength when a celebrity comes calling. He knows Hank will be discreet because Hank plays everything slightly under the radar. However, things in the Blake house start to get more than strange. Hank gets caught up in the Blake world and a world of unexplainable disappearances, which he quickly begins to realize coincide.

For me this book started out great! I was ready to read more until Pepper changed POV's. It began to bounce back and forth an became erratic. I know a lot of people like books like this but it wasn't my cup-of-tea.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Frances on Dec. 22, 2011 :
I put off reading it for a week, since it's not one of my usual reads. The first chapter was good. I enjoyed getting to know Hank and all the "investigating" that was done. However, once on Chapter 2, I lost much of my interest. I skimmed parts, just focusing on the parts I thought mattered. Its not that I wasn't interested in It's POV. I just found it to be too long but lacking in some areas. Anyway, on to Chapter 3, which I enjoyed since it's told from Hank's POV again and had some action and dialog. I loved the banter between Hank and Mackenzie. I think they're great characters, even if I though Mackenzie lacked some development. The conclusion left me with some questions, the confrontation between It and Hank was anticlimatic and the ending left me blank, but I think with some tweaks in POV's, some more action in particular scenes and more character development and this could be a fine book.

All in all, a quick, interesting read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Frances on Dec. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
I put off reading it for a week, since it's not one of my usual reads. The first chapter was good. I enjoyed getting to know Hank and all the "investigating" that was done. However, once on Chapter 2, I lost much of my interest. I skimmed parts, just focusing on the parts I thought mattered. Its not that I wasn't interested in It's POV. I just found it to be too long but lacking in some areas. Anyway, on to Chapter 3, which I enjoyed since it's told from Hank's POV again and had some action and dialog. I loved the banter between Hank and Mackenzie. I think they're great characters, even if I though Mackenzie lacked some development. The conclusion left me with some questions, the confrontation between It and Hank was anticlimatic and the ending left me blank, but I think with some tweaks in POV's, some more action in particular scenes and more character development and this could be a fine book.

All in all, a quick, interesting read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on Dec. 21, 2011 :
Hank Mondale, a down-on-his luck private investigator, has dug himself a substantial hole between his alcoholism and gambling addiction. He can't pay his kleptomaniac secretary, is about to get evicted from his office building, not to mention the hired muscle breathing down his neck from his overdue losses on basketball games.

A new case seems to practically fall into his lap at just the right time, backed by a secretive wealthy client. Hank is not about to blow his chance to pay off his debts with one job, and agrees to meet with the client to find out more details. Once he realizes it's a very rich real estate mogul and his spoiled, drugged-out daughter with wild claims, he tries to back out. But he instead finds himself on a case that seems to tie-in with several missing persons and two odd homicides....

I have to admit, this is not the type of book I normally read. After reading just the first 10% of the book, I was nearly ready to put it down from there. It's well written, and the characters are detailed... but I didn't find myself liking the main character, Hank. Now, Liking a character is not a requirement for enjoying a book, but it helps. I couldn't identify with his gambling addiction, and I have demons from growing up regarding relatives and alcoholism... and the entire beginning of the book is Hank's personal train wreck of a life. I just plain didn't want to read that part. I did, and I am glad because once it pushed through that and actually seem to pick up the story it was much more interesting.

At one point in the story, the point of view changes, and I actually found that part of the story to be the best and most interesting to me. The innocence Adam Pepper writes into essentially a "monstrous" character was wonderful. I think "Symphony" as it is later named was probably my favorite character out of the book. I found myself rooting for the monster. The other characters were all so damaged and ruthless (except Hank- but I already explained my problems with him) I was basically ready for them all to die and the monster's hands so I could be done with the book. It was decent... I likely will not read it again. If someone likes a darker story with gritty, damaged characters and a horror/supernatural element- then I would recommend they try this book out. But it if's already not your cup of tea, this book won't change your mind about that.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile on Dec. 21, 2011 :
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/240988219
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile on Dec. 21, 2011 :
First off, I would like to thank PNR & UF Goodreads group for giving me a chance to read and review Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case.

Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case started off pretty normally where the main character Hank Mondale is introduced. A very unusual PI in that he has a big alcohol addiction and a smaller gambling problem. He is so not your typical protagonist; much more like an anti-hero. So it does not come as much of a surprise to learn that he is barely scrambling by, owes money to shady people involved in even shadier businesses and has a dumb kleptomaniac secretary. This should have bothered me, but then considering that Hank Mondale is pretty much depraved of any redeeming qualities himself; it was okay. However, it did bother me when he didn't try to keep up a good relationship with his mother.

Moving on with the story. Hank Mondale looks like a cop, behaves like one and pretty much have the whole cop act perfected to a tee. But he can never become one which is why he has contacts to help him get a decent job in the worst of times. Yet the contacts couldn't help him this time around. So when he gets an offer from a rich business man involving his snob of a daughter, he jumps at the chance. Little does he know what's in store for him.

The whole symphony of blood element is presented here and though it is gross to read about the things that trigger the symphony, the book offers something unique from this perspective. But moving onto the character of Mackenzie Blake. I so did not like her! She is not only immensely annoying, but she is worse because she is a true egomaniac with very fake blonde hair. I mean, who calls themselves a 'mommy' of their pets? Thomas Blake, her father, is much the same though. See a genetic link here?

Anyhow, moving onto to It or Symphony. I really liked It. I liked how Adam Pepper developed him and his abilities of adapting to human life, of wanting a companion in his lone life, of being scared of its prey, of having weaknesses despite being scary at the same time. It gave a new perspective to the concept of monster. The element of music in the whole process was refreshing to read about and I really liked everything about the monster. The gory, horrendous details were horrifying to read about but they made the book thrilling to read.

In all, Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case is a good read. It is a short book and if you're looking for a paranormal thriller book to read this is the one to pick. Adam Pepper has sure set his image as a frighteningly fresh author in the genre.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Lipman on Dec. 21, 2011 :
From the description I was given, this book should have been great. Unfortunately it wasn’t. Trust me, I don’t say this lightly. If I hadn’t been reading this for review purposes, I probably wouldn’t have finished the book. It showed great promise, but just didn’t deliver.

Maybe because I’m a girl, but I struggled with Hank’s first person narrative. There was a lot we didn’t know and never found out – why did he had a drink problem? Why didn’t he make it as a copper? What are the “felonies” that blotted his copy book? When I finally got to grips with the narrative, the book jumps from Hank’s point of view to “It’s” point of view, the creature that has been literally sucking the life out of innocent people. It was a good idea, but it just didn’t work and ended up being a bit repetitive.

I think maybe the author was trying to fit too many ideas into one story. The idea of some sort of supernatural being that can take on the outward appearance of any human it chooses running riot and killing people should have been enough, but that is coupled with a murderous Father and Daughter team – Thomas and Mackenzie Blake who use the creature to do their dirty work and it all became pretty irritating. Hank gets caught up in whole thing as Thomas hires him to protect his daughter from “someone” trying to kill her, but it turns out that Blake knows exactly what’s after her since he’s already fed his business partner to the creature and Mackenzie has offed her so-called best friend and boyfriend for screwing around behind her back. The missing gardener? That was just practice. It all seems like a completely pointless exercise.

Then there’s the ending. After being on the run from the creature since it’s pissed at Mackenzie for killing it’s chameleon friend (I know), the creature catches up with them, tries to kill everyone, but doesn’t. The cops turn up and arrest the Blakes, the creature walks into the sea and Hank gets off Scot-free because he’s friends with a cop. It ends with him having dinner at his mum’s contemplating his close call. What a waste of time. Yawn

The lack of character depth meant I actually didn’t care what happened to anyone, least of all Hank. I found the story pretty boring to be honest. I wasn’t nearly scared enough of the “creature” despite worrying about it before I started reading and I didn’t buy into the story as much as I should have done.

I am really sorry to have to write such a bad review, but I just didn’t like the book at all. Unless someone can convince me that despite the fact that this one was a complete donkey, Pepper’s other books are absolute diamonds, I wont be bothering with any of his others. Sorry. Just not my bag.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Dec. 20, 2011 :
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/244036350
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheri on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Hank Mondale is your typical wanted to be a cop, down on luck, drinks too much, in need of quick cash private investigator. Hank is desperate for work when he is contacted by Thomas Blake who wants to hire him to find the "monster" trying to kill his daughter.

Although I liked this book, I found it hard to connect with the characters. Hank is a typical cliche. We walked with him through a few days of his life, but we never really got to know anything about him. He wanted to be a cop, but could not because of something in his past, but we are never told what that was. Information like that would have given him more depth and helped us get to know him better. The rest of the characters are very superficial. None of them have any depth or background.

The monster is different in a good way, but we never really find out what it is. It was interesting to be able to get inside the monster's mind and see things through its point of view. That was a refreshing break from Hank's view, but I think this section was just too long. I did not like having to go back and review things we already knew. I think it would have done more for the story to have the monster's point of view dispersed throughout the whole story rather than one long section.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Hmmm, I'm a little on the fence with my review, but there were some parts that I really liked and some parts that were really frustrating to
me... First I guess because it's not in my nature, hank's gambling, drinking, money losing attitude makes me mad! But then he does nice things, like pay the crazy secretary instead of paying on the loan he owes.... So ya know... I liked "it"/Symphony... I like that there was some different point of views, yet, I totally loved to hate Mckenzie, lord slap that little brat!!! Hank had character flaws, and not many morals, but he's a interesting character! All in all, ok book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A. F. Stewart on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Symphony of Blood by Adam Pepper is a fascinating mix of hard-boiled detective novel and paranormal thriller. It melds two genres in an excellent fast paced style that keeps you turning the page.

Hank Mondale is a down-on-his-luck private investigator who drinks too much and gambles too much. In need of some quick cash he takes a new case where the rich client has an unusual problem: a monster is trying to kill his daughter. Hank doesn’t believe in monsters, but takes the case anyway, only to find the facts leading him into the unknown.

Symphony of Blood was a chilling delight to read. The book is basically divided into three parts, with parts one and three telling the story from Hank’s point of view. These sections are an old school, hard-boiled mystery story, unfolding Hank’s investigation slowly, and playing out the tension before we return to his voice for the conclusion. Both parts are well told, have nice flow with gritty atmosphere and substance, engaging characters, and I enjoyed what I read. But it was the second part of the novel that truly excelled for me, when the author unexpectedly switched points of view and told the story through the killer/monster’s eyes. Here, the story is woven from an alien perspective and draws the reader in with fascination, repulsion and even sympathy. Secrets hinted at are now revealed and the subtle contrasts and truths give depth to the plot. I adored this section of the novel and the sudden change between characters was seamless.

I did have some small disappointment with the ending, though. It wasn’t that it was badly written or a cheat, and it wrapped up all the threads conclusively, but it just felt a bit detached to me. I think I would have liked something a bit less restrained. Still, I can happily recommend Symphony of Blood as a great book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: sistahanime on Oct. 01, 2011 :
(Once again I will try to review a book without spoiling)

This book is a league of it's own. It's absolutely unique. For a moment it's like a detective case file. A simple investigator trying to solve a bizarre case and just as the suspense builds it switches point of view.

I have just gotten into the horror story genre and it's because of books like these that I wonder why I didn't start reading stories like these earlier.

This is one of those books that I could easily see being turned into a horror movie.

The characters are...for lack of a better word, vivid. There is quite a bit of cussing but I didn't mind cause it fit the characters well. Something not a lot of authors can do. You really get an understanding of them and even find yourself invested in the characters that only appeared for a few pages.

I love this story and I have already suggested it for my local library.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Caroline Cryonic on Sep. 26, 2011 :
(Cross-posted from the Adarna SF book blog)

Hank is a private investigator who has to solve the case of a man-eating monster. I’d peg this at both contemporary fantasy and horror. The fantastical and horror elements come from–well… the man-eating monster. The protagonist is a fairly typical P.I., but Pepper does excellent characterization, so it’s hard not to be charmed by Hank.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I was hooked right from page one, it’s fast-paced, and the dialogue and the descriptions of the characters are delightful. They’re quirky people: Sandy the kleptomaniac secretary, Joe at the Pool Hall (when he shrugs, his chins line up like a seven layer cake), Mackenzie the moody rich girl who knows more than she’s letting on–and there’s plenty of other personalities. I swear I was chuckling or grinning at something on every third page.

The monster itself is original too. Pepper masterfully writes the creature in such a way that the reader has an idea of what it could be like, but not with too much detail that all the mystery is gone. What’s unknown is always more terrifying than what is completely known. The creature is also a surprisingly well-developed character on its own right, and is actually more sympathetic compared to the humans that it gets to know (fairly intimately).

I was surprised that a sizable portion of the book is written from the monster’s point of view, and it’s one of the highlights. I’m a sucker for body horror, and I was giddy with delight at the descriptions of the monster devouring people from the inside out. It’s simultaneously fun and disgusting. What makes it unique is that it isn’t focused on “pain” or “terror” which is typically told from the victim’s perspective, but rather from the creature’s POV of “delicious.” It’s joyously merciless.

While I liked the monster’s POV, I don’t think those scenes work for the narrative structure. The first half is told from Hank’s perspective as he figures out the details of the case. Then after a major cliffhanger, it changes into the monster’s POV showing how the deaths actually took place. But the problem is that it loses the momentum of the first half of the book. The reader already knows that these people are dead, and it doesn’t reveal a lot of new information. It goes on for too long to the point that after I flipped each page, I kept hoping that it would jump back to the present. But it takes up at least a third of the book, and it eventually felt like a drag. Perhaps the monster’s POV would have been better integrated into the story if it was dealing with present developments and alternated chapters with Hank’s POV.

The other issue I had was a plot hole. Considering what Thomas Blake knows about the monster, it doesn’t make sense why he hired Hank. Mr. Blake is an intelligent man, but hiring Hank just doesn’t seem to be in his interest. Mr. Blake has a lot of resources to draw on, so why Hank? This question bothered me as I read on, and that it was all I could think about during the last third of the book. Unfortunately, the ending doesn’t shed any light on Mr. Blake’s motivations, which makes the resolution quite unsatisfying.

There are many wonderful things about Symphony of Blood. The premise is fun, and the prose and characterizations are top-notch. You should take a look at this if you like private investigators, body horror, and dark humour. I enjoyed it, but the plot hole and the long monster POV section made for a distracting experience in the final part of the book. Even though this isn’t the most engaging novel I’ve read this year, Pepper is a promising writer, and I’m interested to see what other stories he has to offer.

Note: A free review copy was provided by the author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Sep. 16, 2011 :
Hank Mondale is your typical P.I. - down on his luck, constantly broke and desperately in need of a job. Therefore, he is delighted when Thomas Blake – a well-known billionaire – hires him. He’s not so delighted when he learns his task – Blake’s daughter, Mackenzie, is in danger; she is being hunted by a monster. And Blake wants Hank to kill the monster. Is there really a monster? Or are Blake and Mackenzie running some sort of scam to cover up their own nefarious deeds?

Fast-paced, well-written and with well-defined characters, “Symphony of Blood” kept me reading right straight through. An interesting mix of noir detective and horror, it should appeal to a broad cross-section of people – fans of both horror, mystery, detective and suspense books. Check this book out – it’s very entertaining!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on Sep. 09, 2011 :
Right I off the bat I liked Hank Mondale. There was something easily relatable to his hard luck ways and poor decision making. You really root for his character to get out of the hole he seems to dig himself in throughout the book. As the book progresses it starts to get darker and darker. You start to realize how disturbed the Blake family really is and begin to question what exactly is Hank trying to find?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ai-Peng Tang on Aug. 25, 2011 :
I was lucky to receive this book as part of Library Thing's Member Giveaway, and began to gobble up the book, well, not literally anyway.

So, if you're planning to read this book, Symphony of Blood, A Hand Mondale Supernatural Case, you better make sure you turn off your cellphone... otherwise, your heart will make a few beats too fast and seize your chest. This is what happens when you get in too engrossed with the grisly details, simple noises can startle you and now my idea of horror fantasy has been totally transformed by this brilliant author. I only have one favorite character, it's Symphony. Why? Read it and find out!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christopher Kellen on Aug. 24, 2011 :
Symphony of Blood is, without a doubt, a hard-boiled detective novel of a very high caliber. Hank Mondale is a private-eye with major issues that are actually consistent throughout the entire novel – props to Pepper on that. It’s easy to let those problems slide out of the way as the plot picks up, but they haunt Hank thoroughly and completely.

The plot picks up steam rapidly after a short introduction into Hank’s life that feels neither forced nor awkward. Something very weird is going on, and it quickly spirals out of his control. The first section of this book was like riding a freight train on a one-way trip to hell, and it was awesome. My favorite hard-boiled detective is actually Harry Dresden, so I’m totally down with the whole supernatural-unknown-forces-and-a-detective novel thing.

Hank Mondale is a great character and his voice is very strong. He’s got problems but he’s not sleazy, and he definitely fulfills the hard-boiled “never give up” mentality. The prose is spare but powerful; it packs a real punch when things get messy.

Just as Hank’s story builds to a stunning climax, everything comes to a screeching halt as we’re suddenly transferred to a different point of view (and just whose point of view that is, I’ll leave out so as to avoid spoilers). This is perhaps my one quibble with the structure; I might have alternated the points of view earlier, although it would have spoiled some of the surprise. I understand why Pepper chose to do it this way, but it was a quick turnaround from exciting plot to build-up again, and it took me a few pages to readjust.

When we again return to Hank’s POV for the conclusion, it picks up right where we left off, and drives us home to an ultimately satisfying but still-mysterious conclusion. In an attempt to not give anything away, I will say that the center of the supernatural mystery in this case is exceptional for its originality and stark creepiness.

Toward the end of the novel I did encounter a few minor typos/conversion errors that got missed, but they were not pervasive by any means. Overall, the copy editing was very good.

If you’re a fan of the hard-boiled detective, or of original supernatural fiction that doesn’t involve no stinkin’ vampires or werewolves or other standard tropes, I definitely recommend checking out Symphony of Blood.

Overall Score: 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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