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Blood Marks

Blood Marks

(1991)
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Publisher's Weekly
Alternating points of view--first-person from a serial killer, third-person about a detective and the killer's latest intended victim--serve Crider well here. The unnamed killer begins, lecturing prissily about the need to plan carefully and to vary methods of murder in order to outwit the police. Nine Houston women have died violently in two years, connected only by their ages--all were in their 20s. As the press starts hinting at possible connections, homicide dick Howland (his hard-boiled status is emphasized by his lack of a given name) is charged with solving the cases. Stumped, he is forced to work with brilliant, misanthropic PD psychologist Dan Romain. Meanwhile, divorcee Casey Buckner and her young daughter move into an apartment complex and quickly meet new neighbors, including Romain. The killer notes that Casey and her daughter must die because of their ''blood marks,'' and, indeed, Howland soon finds that all victims had scars, birthmarks or tattoos. A cartoonish but harrowing flashback to the killer's abused youth leads to a violent if unsurprising climax. Crider writes the Professor Carl Burns and Sheriff Dan Rhodes mysteries.

Kirkus Reviews
Crider, author of two so-so series (Evil at the Root, Dying Voices, etc.), takes a totally different tack in this gritty story of a serial killer. Nine women, seemingly with nothing in common, have been brutally killed in Houston, leaving the police force and their psychologist, Dan Romain, baffled. A new chief is encouraging Investigator Howland to review the scanty evidence with Romain to try to come up with something-anything. Meanwhile, the reader becomes acquainted with the mad logic of the killer and learns, in graphic and horrifying detail, what made him the lunatic he is. Other chapters introduce newly divorced Casey Buckner, her young daughter, Margaret, and some of their fellow residents at the apartment complex to which Casey has moved from West Texas, with hopes of getting a teaching job. All these elements come together in a tension-packed final confrontation worthy of its chilling preamble. Not for gentle tastes, but a striking addition to the serial- killer subgenre-gory, repugnant, and gripping to its last ugly reverberation.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: Blood Marks
Author(s): Bill Crider
ISBN: 0-312-05823-3 / 978-0-312-05823-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

January 1993 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Blood Marks
Author(s): Bill Crider
ISBN: 0-449-14827-0 / 978-0-449-14827-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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Audio Editions

August 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Blood Marks
Author(s): Bill Crider
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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August 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: Blood Marks
Author(s): Bill Crider
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Blood Marks
Author(s): Bill Crider
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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