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{April 11, 2012}   {Review} Blood Passage by Michael J. McCann

From Goodreads: Four years ago, Martin Liu was found dead in an alley and the physical evidence suggested it was a drug deal gone wrong. Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue didn’t like the feel of it, but it wasn’t his case and it ended up going nowhere.

Now Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer are drawn into the Liu cold case when an out-of-town graduate student is beaten up by gang members after asking the wrong questions about the victim. Donaghue and Stainer discover that Martin Liu’s cousin, Triad enforcer Peter Mah, has taken an active interest and is tracking down suspects on his own to extract his own deadly brand of vengeance.

As Donaghue and Stainer race to contain the violence sweeping their city, they must confront the troubling fact that new evidence, including the names of the men responsible for Martin’s death four years ago, seems to be coming from the most unlikely of sources – a three-year-old boy!

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If you love murder mysteries, police dramas, and a few elements of the supernatural, then this is the story for you.  Four years ago, Martin Liu was found dead in a backstreet alley, a drug deal gone badly, or so police thought.  Now, with a young child making claims of remembering who killed him in his past life as Martin, the case is reopened with renewed fervor as not only the police try to find the killers, but Martin’s cousin, Peter Mah, also seeks revenge. 

This just blew my mind away, especially the references to reincarnation.  I don’t necessarily believe in reincarnation, but McCann’s novel will definitely make you think, and as creepy as it may seem, the elements of this story aren’t too far-fetched at all.

This is a very well written crime novel, full of suspense and intrigue as Hank Donaghue and Karen Stainer work diligently to uncover the truth.  I loved the different factions coming to a head, Chinatown versus the police, in a race to see who can find the killers first. I also really enjoyed the complex characters in this novel as well.  Not only are the main characters, Donaghue and Stainer , fleshed out into intricate beings, but even Peter Mah and the deceased Martin are given strong identities, making them easily likable.   I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good read.  Four stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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