Blood standard is an outstanding crime novel immersed with style wit and pages filled with a tipped over barrel of violence barron succeeds in telling a compelling page turning mystery while simultaneously and most entertainingly filling out the character of isaiah coleridge a massive bulldozer of brute force with a penchant for . Blood standard by laird barron buy now from amazon get weekly book recommendations isaiah coleridge has to leave his job as mob muscle after he beats down a boss who is illegally slaughtering walruses after a beating and with the mob boss still determined to take him out isaiah is kept out of sight by being sent to work at a horse farm in new york state while there the . Blood standard is the first in a proposed series of isaiah coleridge novels so it is imperative that his character has some depth barron duly provides coleridges father casts a long shadow he is an unsentimental perhaps even cruel man with a naval career behind him and some pretty shady underworld contacts coleridges battle to . Reading like a pulp fiction paperback blood standard an isaiah coleridge novel features an anti hero hitman turned inadvertently good guy isaiah coleridge of maori caucasian descent has done his fair share of killing while working for the mob but when he witnesses big shot mafioso vitale shooting walruses for the hell of it in alaska something in him snaps isaiah crosses the line and . The first isaiah coleridge novel is less true detective and more the laughing buddha cop in the nihilistic wasteland of night dogs era kent anderson meeting the absurdity of life embraced by james crumley in his milo milodragovitch books no matter what you call it it is singular and excellent and it sets a standard that will be hard to match
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