10 thoughts on “Blood Passage (Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel #1)

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    With Blood Passage, McCann introduces us to polar opposite detectives who have a surprisingly effective partnership Donaghue is reserved, calm, and thoughtful, while Stainer is brash and quick tempered There is no sexual tension between them, which I liked This is a partnership that proves men and women can work together without one having constant erotic fantasies about the other.This is very much a plot driven novel While we do get to know the characters as the story unfolds, we spend no r With Blood Passage, McCann introduces us to polar opposite detectives who have a surprisingly effective partnership Donaghue is reserved, calm, and thoughtful, while Stainer is brash and quick tempered There is no sexual tension between them, which I liked This is a partnership that proves men and women can work together without one having constant erotic fantasies about the other.This is very much a plot driven novel While we do get to know the characters as the story unfolds, we spend no real personal time with any of them Even so, each character stands out as unique The dialogue is realistic and we learn a lot about the characters personalities just by the way they speak.The plot is complex The author clearly did his research, which shows as he takes us through the intricacies of the Triad culture We also have the undercurrent of a young boy recalling a past life as a murder victim, which plays a major and thought provoking role in story.Initially I found it challenging to keep up with the names of all the characters and their relationships, particularly within the Triad McCann does a good job with the setup, it s just that the complexities of the crime and the entanglements of the people involved require a lot of attention to detail The pace is mostly steady, except for a few sections where long segments of narration read a bit too much like a character sketch This was designed to give us history on the characters, but slowed the pace and felt a little out of place Overall, though, the story is engaging.If you like solving crimes alongside the characters, this book is a great start to the series


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    If you love murder mysteries, police dramas, and a few elements of the supernatural, then this is the story for you Four years ago, Martin Liu was found dead in a backstreet alley, a drug deal gone badly, or so police thought Now, with a young child making claims of remembering who killed him in his past life as Martin, the case is reopened with renewed fervor as not only the police try to find the killers, but Martin s cousin, Peter Mah, also seeks revenge This just blew my mind away, especi If you love murder mysteries, police dramas, and a few elements of the supernatural, then this is the story for you Four years ago, Martin Liu was found dead in a backstreet alley, a drug deal gone badly, or so police thought Now, with a young child making claims of remembering who killed him in his past life as Martin, the case is reopened with renewed fervor as not only the police try to find the killers, but Martin s cousin, Peter Mah, also seeks revenge This just blew my mind away, especially the references to reincarnation I don t necessarily believe in reincarnation, but McCann s novel will definitely make you think, and as creepy as it may seem, the elements of this story aren t too far fetched at all.This is a very well written crime novel, full of suspense and intrigue as Hank Donaghue and Karen Stainer work diligently to uncover the truth I loved the different factions coming to a head, Chinatown versus the police, in a race to see who can find the killers first I also really enjoyed the complex characters in this novel as well Not only are the main characters, Donaghue and Stainer , fleshed out into intricate beings, but even Peter Mah and the deceased Martin are given strong identities, making them easily likable I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good readTo see my full review 4 11


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    3.5 starsI m a sucker for a good police procedural so when a friend recommended this series, I picked up book 1 Glad I did.Lt Hank Donoghue Det Karen Stainer of the Glendale PD team up when new information surfaces concerning a cold case Four years ago, a young Asian man named Martin Liu was murdered Hank was briefly at the scene remembers thinking something didn t feel right In present day, a grad student has been assaulted after asking questions about the murdered man but fo 3.5 starsI m a sucker for a good police procedural so when a friend recommended this series, I picked up book 1 Glad I did.Lt Hank Donoghue Det Karen Stainer of the Glendale PD team up when new information surfaces concerning a cold case Four years ago, a young Asian man named Martin Liu was murdered Hank was briefly at the scene remembers thinking something didn t feel right In present day, a grad student has been assaulted after asking questions about the murdered man but for a different reason.Josh, a PhD candidate in child psychiatry, is investigating Taylor, a 3 year old boy who claims to remember being Martin His memories include people like his cousin Peter Mah, now a powerful figure in the local Triad or Asian crime brotherhood He also remembers who killed him.Hank Karen aren t sure what to make of the kid but are chilled by his stories by the fact that his mother Grace, Peter Martin are cousins The case is reopened before they know it, they are competing with shadowy men from the Triad as they search for the killers The cops want to arrest them, the Triad wants them dead That s all I ll say about the plot as it is complex with lots of twists to keep you guessing Both cops and the reader get a crash course in Asian gang politics it s not long before the bodies start to pile up Side stories include conflicts inside the Triad, a possible leak within the police department Karen s relationship with an FBI agent Hanging over everything is Hank s continuing issue with IAD He rose quickly through the ranks made enemies among the old guard One powerful superior in particular would like nothing better than to see him taken down a notch, a story line that continues into the next book.It s a crowded genre full of recognizable namesRankin, McDermid, Nesbo, Sanford, Connellyand we all have our favourites so it can be difficult for a new author to get attention Police procedurals have a lot in common so whether or not you continue a series may come down to how much you enjoy the characters.I liked these two They make an odd couple Hank comes from money managed to accumulate 3 university degrees by the time he was 25 Then, to his mother s despair, he became a cop Quiet, smart introspective, he approaches each investigation as a puzzle to be solved Karen is a brassy Texan who has all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop Foul mouthed fearless, she pushes Hank s boundaries but somehow they compliment each other For the most part, he sbrains she sbrawn.Each is dealing with prospective changes in their personal lives, as well Hank is smitten by a lovely widow with ties to the case while Karen s fed boyfriend is pushing to make thingspermanent.All in all, a smart well paced cop story that keeps you turning the pages to see who s left standing at the end The cold case is tied up but several plot lines go unresolved I ll definitely pick up the next one to see where they lead this entertaining pair


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    MARK S REVIEWGot an hour Because that s how long it ll take to describe all the great things about this book But I ll try to keep it to aappropriate length To summarize, it s a mix between episodes of Law Order, Cold Case and a dash of X Files thrown in, creating a very unique appeal To be fair, I haven t read as many book in general as Bec and certainly not as many self published books, but based upon her reviews and Sharon s and the few I ve been either able to read or at lea MARK S REVIEWGot an hour Because that s how long it ll take to describe all the great things about this book But I ll try to keep it to aappropriate length To summarize, it s a mix between episodes of Law Order, Cold Case and a dash of X Files thrown in, creating a very unique appeal To be fair, I haven t read as many book in general as Bec and certainly not as many self published books, but based upon her reviews and Sharon s and the few I ve been either able to read or at least browse through, Blood Passage is one of the best self published books I think I will ever come acorss I ve read highly acclaimed, traditionally published books that wouldn t stand up to this one in quality and would merely equal its entertainment value This book s got everything a great main plot, interesting and not overwhelming subplots, believeable characters, true to life dialogue, and a satisfying ending that leaves you with just enough unanswered questions it is a crime novel, after all , not to mention an appropriate level of researched description that would satisfy various kinds of readers I m the kind of person that gets bogged down with lots of description, especially seemingly unimportant details that go on and on But with Blood Passage if I felt a portion was filler detail, unimportant to the rest of the story, I could quickly skim thorough it and get back to the action If you re the kind of person who likes detail, this book s got it in measured amounts I don t feel I ve done my job unless I find something about a book that could be improved Usually it isn t that hard Improper use of commas jump off the page most of the time, too many commas being the culprit, but where I diasgreed with this author s or editor s choice, I would have added a comma, which only speaks to the overall quality The only other constructive critism I could find and I m stretching was in the timing of the story After a brief prologue at the time of the murder, the story jumps four years later There were enough interesting and entertaining events that took place close to the time of the murder, which we learn through exposition, to justify a book in it own right, Blood Passage being its sequel The bit that reminded me of the X Files, which was the catalyst that brought the murder out of the cold case files, would have differenciated Blood Passage from its non existant predecesor This is the first book in a series I look forward to learningabout the characters in this first one you read hints of an interesting past, for the main character at least


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    Excellent Even better than The Rainy Day Killer More information about the characters and the Glendale, MD police department combined with a fascinating plot make this a riveting read.Having just finished McCann s latest novel The Rainy Day Killer, an ARC from NetGalley, I found myself wantingBlood Passage is the first in McCann s Donaghue and Stainer crime series.The reincarnation element that initiates the re opening of a cold case creates interest very early Taylor Chan is only thre Excellent Even better than The Rainy Day Killer More information about the characters and the Glendale, MD police department combined with a fascinating plot make this a riveting read.Having just finished McCann s latest novel The Rainy Day Killer, an ARC from NetGalley, I found myself wantingBlood Passage is the first in McCann s Donaghue and Stainer crime series.The reincarnation element that initiates the re opening of a cold case creates interest very early Taylor Chan is only three and a half, and when he begins talking about people and events he couldn t possibly know about, his parents take him to a psychiatrist at a university with a department for studying children who seem to have memories of a past life.When a young man from the university begins to investigate the claims that Taylor was, in a past life, Martin Liu, the young investigator finds himself savagely beaten for asking questions.What makes this book so interesting is the past life aspect and the information concerning Chinese Triads McCann has done his homework on both and his sources are listed The University of Virginia has done extensive study of the past life phenomenon, and McCann lists Dr Jim Tucker s book Life Before Life A Scientific Investigation of Children s Memories of Previous Lives as his inspiration for the story.I m delighted to have had the opportunity through NetGalley to read The Rainy Day Killer, the latest in McCann s series which led to my seeking out the first in the series.NetGalley Crown PublishingPolice Procedural Crime 2011 Print version 250 pages


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    A murder scene looks like a drug deal gone wrong It s worked until there doesn t seem to be anyevidence then turned over to CCU Four years later, the case seems to be fully active again New information has been brought to light that might help solve the murder Donaghue and Stainer are working the case as if it s new again Asking questions, meeting people from the past and taking in the new information It seems Martin Liu, the victim, is reincarnated in the body and mind of three and A murder scene looks like a drug deal gone wrong It s worked until there doesn t seem to be anyevidence then turned over to CCU Four years later, the case seems to be fully active again New information has been brought to light that might help solve the murder Donaghue and Stainer are working the case as if it s new again Asking questions, meeting people from the past and taking in the new information It seems Martin Liu, the victim, is reincarnated in the body and mind of three and a half year old Taylor Chan It might seem random, but Taylor is Liu s cousin s child He knows to much to be making it up There are things that don t match up and manythings that do At first they think it s all bunk, until they start learning Taylor was dead on in his statements This might even lead to solving the murder Not your typical police drama with the inclusion of reincarnation Many crime drama writers wouldn t have taken this turn, but you know what, it works It makes the story seemlike something that could actually happen Especially once you read what the child knows Action filled and worthy of it s own television show, this book is perfect for those looking for something a little different I thoroughly enjoyed this book I didn t find anything wrong It covered all the bases.I gave this one a 5 out of 5 books because I didn t see the reincarnation coming and it was easy to accept when it did


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    Blood Passage, by Michael J McCann, features Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer, two officers in the city s homicide department Four years earlier, Hank had been briefly involved in an investigation into the death of a young Chinese student four years later, another young student is beaten up for his investigation into that unsolved murder Thus are Donaghue and Stainer brought back to the cold case, as a result of which they soon find themselves dealing with reincarnatiBlood Passage, by Michael J McCann, features Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer, two officers in the city s homicide department Four years earlier, Hank had been briefly involved in an investigation into the death of a young Chinese student four years later, another young student is beaten up for his investigation into that unsolved murder Thus are Donaghue and Stainer brought back to the cold case, as a result of which they soon find themselves dealing with reincarnation, a Chinese Triad enforcer, and many, manydeaths I had previously enjoyed the first book in McCann s new series, so I thought I d go back to this, his first series of novels Unfortunately, this seems to be very much a first novel, with all the problems that entails, the most difficult of which is a completely unnecessary and very long info dump in Chapter 23, detailing Donaghue s upbringing and family I also found myself annoyed that it s never clear where this city is supposed to be McCann is Canadian and there are some Canadian references, but there areAmerican references and as a town name, Glendale could be anywhere Finally, I found it difficult to accept that a lieutenant and a detective would be working together as partners on the street aren t lieutenantslike administrators and managers than beat cops A disappointment, although I ll look forbooks in McCann srecent series in the future


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    Blood Passage is an exciting murder mystery that will keep you turning the pages I love reading murder mysteries and police procedurals Full of exciting characters, good and bad The story is about the re investigation into the murder of a young man, Martin Liu, which happened 4 years previous in the story The case is re opened when a little boy starts saying strange things from a person in his previous life The police are of course skeptical, especially hard nosed Dectective Stainer who wit Blood Passage is an exciting murder mystery that will keep you turning the pages I love reading murder mysteries and police procedurals Full of exciting characters, good and bad The story is about the re investigation into the murder of a young man, Martin Liu, which happened 4 years previous in the story The case is re opened when a little boy starts saying strange things from a person in his previous life The police are of course skeptical, especially hard nosed Dectective Stainer who with Homicide Dectective Hank Donaghue decide to investigate it anyway As they get further involved in the investigation they are embroiled in the ways of the Triad This is a story entwining two cultures, good and bad people, and the law I especially loved the character of Karen Stainer, a no nonsense tough woman who is not afraid to get nose to nose with the criminal element, but does have a soft side to her A very tense edge of your seat type of page turner that will keep you guessing to the very end Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, this book will certainly make you go hmmm at the end Michael J McCann is also the author of The Ghost Man, a supernatural thriller His new book of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, Marcie s Murder, which is scheduled for publication in Spring 2012.I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it


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    Mystery of a Past LifeMcCann tells us There arethan 2,500 documented cases of young children who have reported memories of a previous life Imaging how many go undocumented Enter the homicide detective team of Donaghue and Stainer The pair are pulled into a four year old Chinatown murder by odd circumstances A child psychology researcher has new testimony from the victim a young boy named Taylor Chan From there an enticing story unfolds.Michael J McCann keeps us turning pages with g Mystery of a Past LifeMcCann tells us There arethan 2,500 documented cases of young children who have reported memories of a previous life Imaging how many go undocumented Enter the homicide detective team of Donaghue and Stainer The pair are pulled into a four year old Chinatown murder by odd circumstances A child psychology researcher has new testimony from the victim a young boy named Taylor Chan From there an enticing story unfolds.Michael J McCann keeps us turning pages with gritty realism, well drawn action sequences, and multifaceted characters His mystery draws us in, twisting and turning its way to unexpected revelations Blood Passage is at once a thought provoking read and thoroughly entertaining I highly recommend it


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    A good detective story with an interesting twist a dead victim becomes a witness, as a reincarnated child As a Canadian, picking up a book by a Canadian author, I was disappointed that it wasn t set in a Canadian city I found it well written, although a bit generic in style Two minor grumbles overuse of clothing descriptions, and glossy ink I do most of my reading at night, and the shiny ink on matte paper would reflect the light and distract me.


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