Crazy Blood
by T. Jefferson Parker

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"A brave and daring writer." Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Shanghai Girls

The Carson dynasty rules the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Founded by patriarch Adam, the town is the site of the Mammoth Cup ski race-a qualifier for the Olympics.  Read more...

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More About Crazy Blood by T. Jefferson Parker

"A brave and daring writer." Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Shanghai Girls

The Carson dynasty rules the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Founded by patriarch Adam, the town is the site of the Mammoth Cup ski race-a qualifier for the Olympics. But when Wylie Welborn, Adam's illegitimate grandson, returns after a stint in Afghanistan, it reopens a dark moment in Carson family history: the murder of Wylie's father by his jealous and very pregnant wife, Cynthia. Her son Sky, born while his mother was in prison, and Wylie are half-brothers. They inherit not only superb athletic skills but an enmity that threatens to play out in a lethal drama on one of the fastest and most perilous ski slopes in the world.

Three powerful and unusual women have central roles in this volatile family feud: Cynthia, bent on destroying Wylie; his mother Kathleen, determined to protect him; and April Holly, a beautiful celebrity snowboarder, on track to win Olympic Gold. But, as Wylie falls in love with April and they begin to imagine a life away from the violence that has shattered his family, history threatens to repeat itself and destroy them both.

Combining exquisite writing with breathtaking scenes of high stakes skiing, CRAZY BLOOD is an unforgettable story of two brothers on a ruthless quest for supremacy.


  • ISBN-13: 9781250064097
  • ISBN-10: 1250064090
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds

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Whodunit: Next-level Scandinavian suspense

For those who admire Scandinavian suspense novels (a group of aficionados growing in leaps and bounds), here’s one well worth your consideration: Samuel Bjørk’s riveting American debut, I’m Traveling Alone. When the body of a 6-year-old Norwegian girl is found hanging from a tree, a police task force is speedily formed to investigate. Soon, three more children are found, each with a number lightly incised into a fingernail of her left hand. Mounting evidence suggests that there will be six more to come. For police investigator (and worrywart) Holger Munch, the case holds extra significance, as he has a granddaughter the same age as the victims. Retired investigator Mia Krüger has agreed (begrudingly) to assist Munch and lend her considerable investigative talents to one last case. But the villain they seek appears as something of a chameleon: Perhaps it’s the cross-dressing man with an eagle tattoo, or possibly the lovely young woman off her meds, or could it be the religious cult leader who holds acolytes underwater just a bit too long during baptism? Surprises come right up until the final chapters, and the book begs for a sequel.

T. Jefferson Parker’s thriller Crazy Blood strays far from the whodunit genre, but it’s nonetheless a must-read for his legions of fans. Although you may know “whodunit” early on, there are still plenty of revelations in store. Wylie Welborn has just returned to his hometown of Mammoth Lakes, California, after a stint in Afghanistan where he did things he won’t talk about. The Sierras should be much more tranquil than the Hindu Kush, but there are some factors that militate against that. Wylie is the black sheep of the wealthy Carson family; he’s the illegitimate son of Richard Carson, a man murdered by his jealous wife, Cynthia, on the very night of Wylie’s conception. Cynthia herself was pregnant at the time with Wylie’s half-brother, Sky. From childhood, Wylie and Sky have engaged in rivalry over everything imaginable, a drama that played out repeatedly on the ski slopes of Mammoth Mountain. Now, after a tragic skiing accident involving third brother Robert, Wylie and Sky will duel one more time, in a winner-take-all confrontation that will either save the family or tear it apart in unimaginable ways.

Donna Leon’s well-loved protagonist, Venice police Commissario Guido Brunetti, falls squarely into the “likable cop” mold, not unlike Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police, or Håkan Nesser’s Inspector Van Veeteren. He’s urbane, well read and well liked by family and townspeople alike. And he can be a bit of a pushover, as is the case in the latest installment of the series, The Waters of Eternal Youth. When the best friend of Brunetti’s formidable mother-in-law asks him to look into a 15-year-old unsolved attempted murder, he agrees (outwardly), while wondering just what he can hope to accomplish. But Leon is a consummate storyteller, and she doesn’t leave Brunetti foundering for long. Soon he is embroiled in one of the most troubling cases of his career, the strange story of a young girl whose (deliberate?) near-drowning left her with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. The Waters of Eternal Youth is populated with old friends (and frenemies) and is filled to the brim with insightful and often surprising observations about life in modern-day Europe.

This past December, I was in an Internet café near Angkor Wat, Cambodia, when an email arrived from my editor with a list of suspense novels available for review for March, among them Nick Seeley’s debut novel, Cambodia Noir. Kismet? I’ll leave that for greater minds than mine to decide. It ticks all the boxes that make for a capital-T Thriller: gin-soaked protagonist, self-exiled in a backwater of the Third World—check; controversial and mysterious missing girl—check; strong supporting cast of alcoholic expats, prostitutes and corrupt members of the power elite—check; drugs, assassinations and mad motor-cycle chases through pockmarked streets—check, check, check. Seeley gets Phnom Penh in the same way that John Burdett gets Bangkok, with descriptions so vivid that even if Seeley never mentioned the city by name, anyone who had ever spent time there would recognize it immediately. The thriller unfolds at a breakneck pace, with a backdrop of unrest and upheaval, and characters that blur (or totally obliterate) the lines between good and bad. Seeley impresses on every count.


This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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