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Bad Blood

Bad Blood

(1989)
(The second book in the Mike Tozzi and Cuthbert Gibbons series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
By coincidence, Bruno (whose Bad Guys earned high praise) has also written a thriller featuring the Yakuza and the mob (see review above). His effort, however, is everything a suspense novel should be--a highly credible, tautly paced stunner. A young Japanese couple is found floating in the Hudson River in a VW bug, their bodies neatly sliced in half. FBI special agent Cuthbert Gibbons is called out of retirement to assist his frazzled ex-partner, Mike Tozzi, who's on probation. The trail leads to a Japanese slave ring that imports menial workers, run by the Mafia in cahoots with the Yakuza. Bruno teams a frustrated New Jersey Mafia capo with a Yakuza thug, each eager for career advancement and seething under a domineering, elderly boss. Other characters include a samurai who hacks cockroaches for target practice and two supportive girlfriends who keep the FBI men on track. The author does not romanticize his mafiosi, nor does he stereotype the honor-bound Yakuza. Developing complex characters whose rat-a-tat dialogue flashes, he leavens the suspense with dark humor and builds to a slam-bang finale.

Library Journal
Bruno's excellent second novel fulfills the promise of his first ( Bad Guys , LJ 6/1/88). Taken back into the FBI fold, renegade agent Michael Tozzi--still feisty, independent, and forward--works once more with former partner Gibbons. Together they tackle the brutal slayings of two Japanese dumped in New York waters. The investigation moves quickly into the not-so-nether realms of a yakuza-Mafia coalition controlling Asian slavery in New York. Anticipating Crais ( Stalking the Angel , reviewed in this column), Bruno blends misdirected samurai behavior into the crime scene. Gutsy action, fascinating if not attractive characters, detailed surrounds, and realistic guy/girl relationship problems make this a hit.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Bad Blood
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-399-13432-8 / 978-0-399-13432-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: BAD BLOOD
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-595-50810-3 / 978-0-595-50810-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: iUniverse
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April 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: Bad Blood
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-552-13680-8 / 978-0-552-13680-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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1991 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bad Blood
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-552-14148-8 / 978-0-552-14148-2 (UK edition)
Publisher:
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June 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bad Blood
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-440-20705-3 / 978-0-440-20705-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Bad Blood: A Gibbons and Tozzi Novel (Book 2)
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
Publisher: Diversion Books
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