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Blood of Paradise

Blood of Paradise

(2007)
A novel by

 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original (nominee)
Macavity Awards Best Novel (nominee)
El Salvador: America's great Cold War success story and the model for Iraq's fledgling democracy - if one ignores the grinding poverty, the corruption, the spiraling crime, and a murder rate ranked near the top in the hemisphere. This is where Jude McManus works as an executive protection specialist, currently assigned to an American engineer working for a U.S. consortium.

Ten years before, at age seventeen, he saw his father and two Chicago cop colleagues arrested for robbing street dealers. The family fell apart in the scandal's wake, his disgraced dad died under suspicious circumstances, and Jude fled Chicago to join the army and forge a new life.

Now the past returns when one of his father's old pals appears. The man is changed - he's scarred, regretful, self-aware - and he helps Jude revisit the past with a forgiving eye. Then he asks a favor - not for himself, but for the third member of his dad's old crew.

Even though it's ill-considered, Jude agrees, thinking he can oblige the request and walk away, unlike his father. But he underestimates the players and the stakes and he stumbles into a web of Third World corruption and personal betrayal where everything he values - and everyone he loves - is threatened. And only the greatest of sacrifices will save them.

“This big, brawny novel runs on full throttle from first to last page. Brutal and heartrendering, eloquent and important, this is a fully engrossing read.”
- Michael Connelly

“A Quiet American for the new century. Angry and impassioned, Blood of Paradise is that rare beast: a work of popular fiction that is both serious and thrilling.”
- John Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of Every Dead Thing

“David Corbett is a supremely gifted writer and Blood of Paradise reminds me of a Robert Stone novel. Its lyrical prose and exotic setting filled with damaged souls grasping for redemption any way they can combine in a tour de force that will haunt you long after you reach the end.”
- Denise Hamilton, nationally bestselling author of Prisoner of Memory

“If you're looking for the best in contemporary crime fiction, this is it.”
- The Washington Post, on Done for a Dime

 
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Paperback Editions

March 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: Blood of Paradise
Author(s): David Corbett
ISBN: 0-8129-7733-5 / 978-0-8129-7733-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Blood of Paradise
Author(s): David Corbett
ISBN: 1-5318-0149-8 / 978-1-5318-0149-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2010 : UK Audio edition
Title: Blood of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): David Corbett
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Blood of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): David Corbett
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blood of Paradise: A Novel (Mortalis)
Author(s): David Corbett
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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