Blueblood Book Review

Blueblood Book Review

Title: Blueblood
Author: Matthew Iden
Published: 2015, Thomas and Mercer
No. of Pages: 235
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $3.99 Kindle

Undercover cops are being tortured and killed in or near Washington, DC, and, even though Marty Singer is retired, he is called in to help find the killer. In the second installment of the Marty Singer series, Blueblood, undercover cops working from the Gangs and Drugs units are being targeted. Their bodies are being found tortured and mutilated. Marty is trying to find a link to the dead cops, who are from several different jurisdictions, since those higher-ups don’t believe the deaths are connected. Marty must tread lightly to uncover the evidence without bringing attention to the fact that the investigation is ongoing without management’s blessing.

Marty is an unlikely hero. Although he worked Homicide for over 30 years, he was forced to retire due to a recent diagnosis of cancer and the need to undergo chemo. He is not an official consultant, but his need to focus on something other than the cancer keeps him wanting to contribute, even though it is unofficial. Because he no longer has a badge, he must use his imagination to find ways to get the information he needs.

Lieutenant Sam Bloch, of the MPDC Major Narcotics Branch, supplies Singer with some of the background he needs to get started, and together they unofficially work to solve the crime.

The novel has ups and downs, and while it is implausible for someone like Marty to be involved in an investigation such as this, it works. The book is quite fast-moving and readers will find that it is well-written. The crime-solving is intertwined with Marty’s personal life, and some of the events that happened in the previous novel, A Reason to Live.

For those readers who are looking for a good police procedural series, the Marty Singer series is easy reading, with minimal violence and profanity. It is suitable for most ages, and readers will look forward to the subsequent books in the series. Blueblood is a good, light thriller.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
Blueblood: Marty Singer Mystery #2, Paperback
Blueblood (A Marty Singer Mystery Book 2), Kindle

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