Also by this author: The Inside Dark
Published by Brilliance Audio, Thomas & Mercer on June 5, 2018
Never trust a blackmailer.
Vermont’s promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, “Keep this with you…keep it secret…you’re going to need it after the arrest.”
Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody—framed for the brutal murder of a young woman—and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands. All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake…because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.
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A Blood Thing by James Hankins is another one of those books that is a reflection of our times. Andrew Kane, the young governor of Vermont, comes from a wealthy family whose members have been heavily involved in public service and Andrew is on the fast track for a presidential run. He is that rarest of creatures — a politician who wants to do everything by the book. Wyatt Pickman is psychopath who has made a career of wreaking havoc in people’s lives for money. When Pickman frames Andrew’s beloved younger brother for murder and offers to provide evidence of Tyler Kane’s innocence if Andrew will fulfill his demands, Andrew’s dream quickly become a nightmare. To those around him, it seems as though Honest Andy is following in the footsteps of his predecessor who was known for his corruption as he begins pardoning prisoners for no apparent reason. Because each of Tyler Kane’s siblings bears a personal load of guilt for the accident that left him with special needs, they are even more vulnerable to blackmail. The author will keep you guessing as to who is paying a criminal mastermind’s exorbitant fee and whether this moral dilemma can end in anything but disaster for all involved? As with so many other things in the political world, the conclusion will require negotiation!
This is my first experience with narrator Timothy Andrés Pabon. His performance is just what is needed to make the story even more disturbing. His voice for Tyler makes him so sweet and sympathetic and his voice for the blackmailer will make your flesh crawl.
The theme of A Blood Thing is how far will someone go to help a family member? How important are ones principles when standing firm will mean the incarceration of a brother who has special needs? Is there ever a time when doing the wrong thing is the only thing that’s right? A Blood Thing is an engrossing tale of family guilt and loyalty and features one of the most chilling psychos I’ve encountered recently. I think readers and listeners will be fascinated by the complex schemes Wyatt Pickman devises in order to carry out his “job.” James Hankins has created a character who has no redeeming qualities.
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