Edward Jenner had made enemies in high places while onboard
as New York City's medical examiner. Enemies that would cost
him, but no more than September 11th had. He just did not
have the where--with--all to go back into forensics after the
carnage of that day and those that followed. He wanted out,
but that was not to be. When a deranged serial killer set
out on an eccentric killing spree of college victims, Jenner
got too involved to walk away.
Ana witnessed firsthand the travesty of a psychotic killer
as her roommate and friend was mutilated by his farcical
fantasies. His promise to get her sounded in her ears and
heart despite her attempts to numb them with alcohol and
drugs . The vision of her roommate and other victim etched
in her brain like those that had the investigators stumped.
"Damaged goods", Ana and Jenner had to help one another
combat this villain and solve the mystery that had the
forensic pathologists stumped. With dead ends leads,
egomaniac enemies, and just the sheer madness of the killer,
it was not going to be an easy journey for either of them.
Both had to escape their self -- imposed prisons for the sake
of their own freedom.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, Jonathan Hayes' debut into novels, proves
him to be an extremely well educated and researched man of
forensics. His work is intelligent, and his plot explosive.
The characters are multi-faceted, flawed, and real. The
symbolism frightening as it delves into a theological
madness. Brilliantly written to keep up with a fast paced
and frightening killer, this reader gives kudos to Hayes for
being able to do it justice. With an exceedingly excellent
depiction of the gruesome work of forensic pathologists and
investigators who have to face life's worst of humans, I
know that Hayes will be a name that readers will see a whole
lot more. I can't wait. Great book!
New York City medical examiner Edward Jenner thought
he'd gotten out, turning his back on forensics—and
life—after the nightmare of September 11. But when a young
student is found murdered, her mutilated body hanging on the
wall of an East Village apartment, Jenner is forced out of
retirement. One look at the victim and Jenner is sure
there's a serial killer on the loose—a hunch confirmed when
he uncovers a second horrific murder. And when a friend asks
him to look after a beautiful girl threatened by the killer,
Jenner can't refuse.
Dragged back onto the dark
streets of New York City, Jenner is pushed to the limits of
his physical endurance, pitting his sharpest intuitions
against the elusive maneuverings of a psychopath. He's
getting within inches of the answer, but the clock is
ticking and the killer is just too fast—ten steps ahead of
the police, two steps ahead of Jenner, and always just out
As the killings continue, Jenner's
desperate chase brings him ever closer to the man behind the
grisliest murders he's ever seen—and only one of them can
This is real-world forensic investigation,
where fingerprints lead nowhere, DNA doesn't help, and
serial killers aren't always caught in the nick of time. . .