Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 4/5
Genre : Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Publishing House: Smith Publishing
Date of Release: 20th January, 2021
A darkly humorous and edgy crime novel set in New York City in the late ‘80s, Blood Will Have Blood will appeal to fans of Elmore Leonard, the Coen Brothers, and Lawrence Block.
Seven years in New York, and that big break has yet to materialize for struggling actor and inveterate pothead Scott Russo. Performing in terrible, barely attended Off-Off Broadway productions, hopping from one soul-crushing job to the next, Scott slacks away in a pot-fueled haze and contemplates throwing in the towel on his anemic career. The only thing that keeps him going is the humiliation of returning home to Baltimore. That and his current theatrical gig: an idiotically bad production of Macbeth.
Broke and out of a job, Scott jumps at his friend’s offer to work for a pot delivery service, only to get caught in a web of brutal Irish gangsters, a charismatic psychopath, ruthless prosecutors, and clueless actors. As his theatrical and criminal worlds collide in mayhem, murder, and betrayal, Scott finds himself morphing into a bumbling and blood-stained Macbeth, on stage and off.
If he can just make it to opening night…
*I received the book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased.*
Blood Will Have Blood is a perfect blend of crime and suspense. As the synopsis mentions, the story is about Scott Russo, a struggling actor, and all he has to show the world are a few bad theatrical gigs to his name. As he is struggling financially and desperate, Scott jumps at the chance when his friend offers him work at a pot delivery service. However, Scott is unaware of the world full of mayhem and awaiting ahead.
In terms of the plot, the book was definitely way out of the ordinary ones. The plot was very interesting and gripping. The pacing of the story however, seemed pretty hurried at times. Like, despite the plot being so great, it could not shine as much as it could have if, the pacing was a bit slower and involved more of the scenes which were a bit more light weighted as the reader could grasp the heavier bits more easily. The fast pacing of the plot ended up preventing the character as well.
The characters were well developed through the course of the story. Grant’s character was not quite perfect but it was not full of flaws too. He was a neutral character whose traits developed and changed (a bit too quick) in the book. However, the development of the characters was something that I admired.
When it comes to the writing, I would say that it was actually good. The writing style did help the plot to shine and grow. It was quite gripping and did keep me hooked till the end of the book!