Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review - Blood over Badge by Wayne Farquhar


The murder of the Mayor of San Francisco’s daughter sets the stage for this intriguing and spellbinding crime thriller. Two police detectives, Jack Paige and Casey Ford are assigned to catch a cold-blooded rapist and killer. In this gritty, realistic tale of homicide, unrelated mysteries of two murderers seem to come together and make little sense. What does a man rotting away behind the stench-enclosed walls of Angola Penitentiary have to do with an evil and cruel rapist and killer now on the run from California to Texas? What is the relationship to the killing of the Mayor’s daughter?

My Review - 4 1/2 Great to the last Drop

A believable crime thriller that has a shocking best twisted ending.  This was Wayne Farquhar's debut and I expect great things from him.  Great true detectives with disgusting hard core mouths, so you must be up for the language.  I thought it was great when one of the detectives had to do a press release and was told, 'watch your mouth'.

The first third of the book was good but I felt it missed something, I couldn't put my finger on it, just wasn't enough filler I guess.  This is what I think the author should work on.  Don't get me wrong I do not enjoy overly description but this only gave you the goods, overall the story was only 259 pages.  I wanted to get invested in the story more but after half way it was so gripping and fast paced that it didn't matter anymore. The author is a veteran police detective so that experience made the story very real.

You know that there is a connection and you are trying to figure it out but you can't put your finger on it and WHAM it is the end of the book and your shocked, like wow, really, but how.......  Great stuff. 

I enjoyed seeing all the different perspectives of police, detectives, prison guards and crime scene specialists. 

If you want a fast, down and dirty crime thriller, I totally recommend this one.


  1. Fast paced... sounds like my cup of tea :)

  2. I do get in the mood for those gritty thrillers! great review!

  3. Ohhh. Sounds like my kind of book. Great review. I'm going to have to get a hold of this one.

  4. Great review, Marce! This sounds really really good. I am adding it to my wishlist! The cover reaches and grabs as well, doesn't it?!

  5. I love this review! It is true that with thrillers and suspense, we don't get much filler (character development and such), as the writing is geared towards the action. This one is going on my to-buy list!


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