Deep Blood by Phillip Thompson

Deep Blood

by Phillip Thompson

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction

Four Stars

This story is a gritty, manly murder mystery tale, written about a time and place when men don’t cry and folks don’t take a picture of their dinner with Instagram. Everything fits to make messed-up characters, crazy backstories, and wonderful life to everyone in the story. Every character has character from Colt to Mr. Wofford, the kooky witness who looked like a “bloated version of Raggedy Andy”. “Just a little bit on the country side”, they called it. The main character’s description of spitting his chewing tobacco, the pleasure it gives him, and the satisfying irritation it causes in his father is a great example of the little, relevant details of the story. Somehow Phillip has made even the little things like this enrich the atmosphere .

Under the colorful atmosphere lie deep themes of shame, abuse, racism, family sins, and blame. Colt keeps his wounds to himself, but they follow him wherever he goes and color all his actions. Most characters are the same and it feels like a special treat when each one opens up. No character escapes the pain and scarring of a life in a poor town where racism and poverty have affected everyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to adults (some language, sensitive themes, and sex). I read the whole thing on a Saturday and every time my kids or the dog interrupted me, I couldn’t wait to get back to Deep Blood. I wanted to read more about Colt at the end. I hope Phillip decides to write more books about this character!

After reading Deep Blood, I realized how meaningful the title is. No, I’m not going to explain. Read the book! I approve this title for Awesome Indies. I received this book from the author for the purposes of unbiased review.

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Syd and Marcy by Beaird Glover

Syd and Marcy

by Beaird Glover

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Five stars

This book is FREE for Kindle on the review posting date of this review 5/30/2013!

Syd and Marcy have found one another and seem to complete one another. Hollywood and fame call their names and anyone who gets in their way can just die. Literally. The clerk at the Zippy-Doo did, and look what it got him. Armed with a camera and a desire for renown, Syd and Marcy take Memphis by storm. But when Marcy appears on the news in a security camera video from the Zippy-Doo, the two begin to see the consequences of their recklessness. Syd’s backwoods family in Yalahoma Township, Mississippi seem like the perfect refuge. Syd’s uncle Enid is too much like Marcy’s abusive father, though, and before they know it, Enid has a bullet in his brain. Enid’s daughter/wife Sardis, mentally unsound and nonverbal, remains the only witness to the crime. Yalahoma Sheriff Litton Shaw gets involved when he accidentally hits Sardis in her panicked flight around town. Litton brings his good friend Blaine on to help solve the case. But Blaine seems to take it all too seriously. Litton just wanted to help the poor troubled Sardis, after all.

After some brilliant detective work by Blaine and some stupid mistakes on Syd and Marcy’s part, Blaine gets them in his sights. But will Blaine turn them over to Litton and the justice system with very little evidence to convict them, or will he take the law into his own hands?

This book was not at all what I expected. A tale of young love and idealism, this book is not. The cover and synopsis seemed to promise a crazy romp with a mischievous couple. But the story held a lot of depth. Each character seems to symbolize an important aspect of morality, acting out the natural result of their outlook. The bad parts are bad and compassion for everyone (except maybe Blaine) grows with each chapter. The characters screw up and do some bad things on purpose, and then feel remorse. Despite their strong link with their predominant trait, the characters are all very believable as people also. I felt my own connection to each one and the innate human similarities between us.

The mystery of the story is unique because it isn’t whodunit or how, but will Syd and Marcy get caught. Part of the time I hoped they would, but then the author would show more about why they did what they did and I would feel compassion for them. Even the villain, who wasn’t the one we suspected, suffered from a radical dysfunction. Beaird did a great job of making me wonder who was really the “bad guy” and then see that, like life, it was all of them and also none of them. Beaird Glover has crafted a smart and fascinating read. I approve this title for Awesome Indies.

I received this book from the author for the purposes of unbiased review.

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