Title: Code Blood
Author: Kurt Kamm
Review: This book is dark and has it all, death, blood fetish, tattooed lady, severed body parts, a cadaver ring, an albino, a firefighter with personal issues, a lost girl, drugs, homeless individuals, a nano lab, and violence. What more could you want and then ask yourself, what makes someone tick and what makes them suddenly kill another? Why would someone want to pretend to be a vampire or for that matter think they are one? This book is filled with the bizarre.
The mystery that the main character, Colt a paramedic/firefight, decides to solve leads you through the under belly of L.A., with the eccentric and weird people who live there. I found the story well paced and interesting that I kept turning the page. I wondered why anyone would cover their body in tattoos, but also why would anyone drink another person’s blood? Did you know that there are more than the letter blood types out there?
If you like a dark, noir type mystery you will like this wild ride though the out of the ordinary and peculiar. This isn’t really my thing, but I found myself sucked into this book and I think the author did a great job weaving his tale of the strange.
Publisher: Published November 15th 2011 by MCMPublishing
Quick Review: 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Sent by the Cadence Group for review.
Synopsis: Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.
Author Biography: I have combined my personal experience in devastating California wildfires and access to CalFire and Los Angeles County firefighters to write firefighter mystery novels. Each novel has a firefighter with a special skill: Wildland / Arson Investigation / Fire Paramedic / HazMat Specialist. Each mystery is told from the viewpoint of the firefighter and the story revolves around his specialty.
My first novel, ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK - A Wildland Firefighter's Story tells the story of a young firefighter who joins a helitack crew, is called out to a massive wildland fire, and loses his captain in a burnover. After the tragedy, he succumbs to post traumatic stress and has a difficult time overcoming it. ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK has become a favorite with firefighters and other first responders.