A Novel

Book - 2012
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"A helicopter crash kills six random passengers off the coast of Ireland. A mercenary working for a private security contractor in the Congo starts a bloody gun battle, endangering the valuable package he is assigned to protect. An Irish politician makes a risky gambit to revive his career, while protecting one of his darkest secrets. The last thing Jimmy Gilroy, a hungry young Dublin journalist, expected when hired to write a hack biography of a dead starlet was a Pulitzer-worthy scoop. Soon, however, he stumbles upon a bizarre nexus of coincidence between his subject and these disparate people and events around the world, a real story of frightening reach and consequence--one that could cost him his life. Set against a vividly drawn world of commerce, corrupt politics, and international intrigue, Alan Glynn's Bloodland is a riveting paranoid thriller of uncommon depth and page-turning suspense. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780312621285
Branch Call Number: GLY
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 19, 2013

First-rate mystery/suspense/political thriller taken from today's headlines. Glynn always strives for excellence, apparently, and never misses! Remember, the stuff in Glynn's financial novels (Winterland, Bloodland and Graveland, his latest) never happens in real life: 1/26/14 former Deutsche Banker, William Broeksmit, hangs himself, 1/28/14, JPMorgan Chase senior rates technologist, Gabriel Magee, is found at a lower outside ledge of London's JPMorgan building, murder investigation taking place, 1/29/14, Russell Investments' Michael Dueker is pronounced dead from another suicide - - 2/03/14, JPMorgan Chase's Ryan Henry Crane, head of their Global Equities Desk, dies, cause of death still under investigation, police refuse to release public police report, 2/18/14, JPMorgan Chase's Mr. Li, commits suicide by jumping off the Hong Kong building of JPMC. (Richard Talley, on 2/04/14, is found dead from 8 nailgun shots to his body and skull, pronounced dead from suicide - - although Talley was head of American Title Services, not a bank but one of the robo-signing firms, he attended Northwestern University in the same time frame as William Broeksmit and Michael Deuker.)

Aug 14, 2012

I picked this up looking for something a little different, but was not taken with the story or the characters - I did not finish it.

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