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I am in Blood Old Murders Never Die by Joe Murphy
  

I am in Blood Old Murders Never Die

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A provocatively surprising read, at times graphically gruesome writing writhes from the pages, and a strong stomach is required to deal with some of the overtly descriptive and violent detailing. Three different men in different time spans have their thoughts and feelings brought to life, the connection isn't immediately obvious, then unsettling and troubling thoughts start to knock at your minds door as a recognition of repetition and joining of tales occurs. The intense, vivid descriptions of Dublin hint at what is to come, the stories twist together, encouraging the pages to turn faster and faster while a part of you almost fears to look in case your suspicion is correct. A disturbing, unsettling, dynamic, and intensely hard-hitting read; once you start, you really won’t be able to stop. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

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  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'A well written exciting murder mystery with reference to 'Jack the Ripper'.'
  • Maggie Patterson - 'I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if the two main characters were more fleshed out. The book is a fast read at less than 400 small pages and I appreciated that the action moved quickly.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'An exciting, gripping, breath-taking story of murder, horror, mystery and suspense flavoured with a gothic taste from beginning to end whilst intertwining Victorian times and modern day!'
  • Genevieve McAllister - 'A page-turning thriller, although it defies genre, touching on ‘real-life’ crime, the recent passion for vampire novels, the supernatural and psychological mystery.'
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'Kept me on the edge of my seat!'
  • Linda Rollins - 'Written across two time periods and from three different perspectives, I Am In Blood is an historical, and somewhat gory, crime thriller.'
  • Lynsey Farmer - 'This book is a very disturbing, dark and hard hitting read, once you read the first chapter you are hooked.'
  • Liz Stein - 'Very enjoyable, it galloped along at a good pace and was well written with main characters I could empathise with.'
  • Andrea Dean - 'a dark novel from the outset and is based on two main intertwining stories...This story is fast paced and I found the conclusion rather unexpected.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'A strange book that although it skips between centuries draws you in to see what is in store for the characters.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'Some great ideas but I am afraid they never really came to fruition.'
  • Cathy Petersen - 'An interesting idea that got lost in far too much description not to mention the adjectives!'   

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Synopsis

I am in Blood Old Murders Never Die by Joe Murphy

A multi-layered, Gothic tale of obsession and bloodshed set in modern-day and Victorian Dublin. Present day: Seventeen-year-old Nathan Jacob's interest in real-life crime leads him to a series of horrific murders committed in Dublin's red-light district, The Monto, in the late nineteenth century. As he delves deeper into this grisly mystery, someone - something - begins to speak to him through the pages of time. Something half-formed and dark; something that draws Nathan and his bloodline back to Victorian Dublin and the horrors that took place there. 1890: Sergeant George Frohmell of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is under pressure. His beloved, bedraggled city has become the hunting ground for a faceless monster, a creature that preys on the poor and vulnerable, leaving them butchered in back alleys. As the death toll increases and the violence moves ever nearer to his own heart, Frohmell must find his man - or lose everything.

Reviews

Murphy's descriptive talent shines through ... not for the faint hearted -- Sunday Business Post bright talent finds his groove with latest Gothic creation ... a talent worth celebrating and is heading in the right direction if he is to be spoken of in the same breath as other decorated Wexford writers such as Colm Toibin, Eoin Colfer and Peter Murphy -- Gorey Guardian, New Ross Standard and Enniscorthy Guardian there's quite a buzz around Irish Crime Fiction at the moment with the suggestion that the Irish could replace the Scandinavians as the next big thing. One of the spearheads for this campaign could very well be Joe Murphy with this intriguing third novel -- reviewsrevues.com the writing style of the book is overwhelmingly dark, with gothic atmospheric scenes ... Murphy was an artist painting the scenes so I could see, smell and taste and experience the misery, and harshness of life in Dublin during the 1890's ... I would certainly recommend 'I Am In Blood' ... an atmospheric, and gruesome gothic thriller. Book groups would have some interesting discussions about the content too -- sj2bhouseofbooks.blogspot.co.uk a provocatively surprising read, at times graphically gruesome writing writhes from the pages, and a strong stomach is required to deal with some of the overtly descriptive and violent detailing. Three different men in different time spans have their thoughts and feelings brought to life, the connection isn't immediately obvious, then unsettling and troubling thoughts start to knock at your minds door as a recognition of repetition and joining of tales occurs. The intense, vivid descriptions of Dublin hint at what is to come, the stories twist together, encouraging the pages to turn faster and faster while a part of you almost fears to look in case your suspicion is correct. A disturbing, unsettling, dynamic, and intensely hard-hitting read; once you start, you really won't be able to stop -- lovereading.co.uk an exciting, gripping, breath-taking story of murder, horror, mystery and suspense flavoured with a gothic taste from beginning to end whilst intertwining Victorian times and modern day! -- Catherine Bryce for lovereading.co.uk a page-turning thriller, although it defies genre, touching on 'real-life
crime, the recent passion for vampire novels, the supernatural and psychological mystery

-- Genevieve McAllister for lovereading.co.uk kept me on the edge of my seat! -- Elisabeth Thomas for lovereading.co.uk a very disturbing, dark and hard hitting read, once you read the first chapter you are hooked -- Lynsey Farmer for lovereading.co.uk very enjoyable, it galloped along at a good pace and was well written with main characters I could empathise with -- Liz Stein for lovereading.co.uk an utterly compelling read and I simply couldn't put it down. Murphy's setting and his characters are wonderful depictions and his portrayal of Victorian Dublin's poverty, crime and politics are top notch. I particularly enjoyed the portrait of George the DMP Sergeant ... I felt wrenched out of 1890s Dublin when the book ended and could happily have read another hundred pages about these characters. I think this is Joe Murphy's best work yet. If you are a fan of Kevin McCarthy's Peeler and Irregulars you will love this book and I am sure this book will see Joe Murphy gain many new fans -- lisareadsbooks


About the Author

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama. He went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Joe Murphy's ambitious debut novel 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We'll Cross was published in 2011 by Liberties Press (Dublin) to excellent reviews: epic novel of revolution , a swashbuckling tale , a cracking good read , brilliantly researched and movingly written , a gut wrenching and page turning story ... Muprhy's second novel, Dead Dogs, was published by Liberties Press in September 2012 and launched by Arlene Hunt.

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Publication date

1st April 2015

Author

Joe Murphy

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Publisher

Brandon an imprint of O'Brien Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781847176950

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