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by Patricia Traxler

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ISBN:
031227484X
Author:
Patricia Traxler
Category:
Mystery
Language:
English
Publisher:
Minotaur Books; 1st edition (September 18, 2001)
Pages:
352 pages
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1189 kb
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1149 kb
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1125 kb
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Rating:
4.8
Votes:
127


From talented newcomer Patricia Traxler comes a brilliant literary suspense novel about how desire can become jealousy, obsession, and finally murderous rage.

From talented newcomer Patricia Traxler comes a brilliant literary suspense novel about how desire can become jealousy, obsession, and finally murderous rage. Blood is equal parts auspicious literary debut, pageturner, and erotic novel about four people whose lives become irrevocably intertwined during one year at Radcliffe College. The narrator, Norrie Blume, is a painter who has accepted a prestigious fellowship at the college; she's excited to leave her job as a commercial graphic designer and take up the artist's life

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With her stunning first novel, Blood, Patricia Traxler plunges the reader into a world both familiar and eerie. What an elegant, suspenseful debut.

Patricia Traxler, winner of the 2019 Kansas Book Award in Poetry, is an American poet and fiction writer who lives in Salina, Kansas. She is the author of four poetry collections and a novel. Born and raised in San Diego, California, one of eight children in a working-class Irish-Catholic family, Traxler was much influenced by her maternal grandmother, Nora Dunne, a poet from County Cork, Ireland, who lived with the family for several years during Traxler’s childhood.

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Also by Patricia Cornwell. His tapered hands are elegant and beautiful, the hands of a musician I always think whether he’s holding a newspaper, a book, a pen or a gun. I smell the subtle scent of his earthy aftershave as I lean over him to scan the story. I don’t know what these companies are going to do if it gets any worse.

Books should be left together, perhaps with a rubber band or ribbon around them .

Books should be left together, perhaps with a rubber band or ribbon around them, to signify a double-release. I plan to tie the books together with green ribbon and attach the little tag with an explanation on reverse, so it looks like a present. If you'd like to use it too, it's the current user picture on my shelf. From talented newcomer Patricia Traxler comes a brilliant literary suspense novel about how desire can become jealousy, obsession, and finally murderous rage.

The past few years have produced a number of winning novels for adult readers that have cast authors as sleuths

The past few years have produced a number of winning novels for adult readers that have cast authors as sleuths. Andrew Wilson wrote literary biographies, including one of Patricia Highsmith, before turning to detective fiction in A Talent For Murder, with Agatha Christie, the queen of crime herself, as his protagonist.

From talented newcomer Patricia Traxler comes a brilliant literary suspense novel about how desire can become jealousy, obsession, and finally murderous rage. Blood is equal parts auspicious literary debut, pageturner, and erotic novel about four people whose lives become irrevocably intertwined during one year at Radcliffe College. The narrator, Norrie Blume, is a painter who has accepted a prestigious fellowship at the college; she's excited to leave her job as a commercial graphic designer and take up the artist's life. But she's also in the middle of an intense love affair with a married colleague, an affair that is threatening to consume both their lives. At Radcliffe, Norrie develops friendships with two other fellows, a journalist and a poet. One is deep, comforting; the other ruled by need and guilt. These three intense relationships quickly begin to infringe upon each other, and soon the four of them seem to be hurtling toward some shocking-and perhaps tragic-end. Blood is a triumph of suspense writing, a true psychological thriller about the nature of desire and the danger of love.
  • Folsa
Reading the preceding review, I have to wonder how anyone who reads at all can take this fascinating and beautifully written novel for a "murder mystery." The author opens with the unforgettable line, "Though it's true there is a killing in my story, its principal violence is, I think I'd have to say, the violence of love." That single sentence signals the intentions of this novel very well: It is not a murder mystery, although there is a murder in the plot'line and, yes, the story is mysterious...but it's so much more than that. I'd say Blood is most of all an engrossing, psychologically complex (and yes, suspenseful) story that examines desires in conflict''in this case, the protagonist's desire to make art, the desire to make love, and the desire for some kind of spiritual meaning in her life. There is also the jealous desire of her possessive neighbor, Clara, who wishes to be "thisclose" to Norrie Blume, and who carries that desire to lengths that
become unsettling to Norrie. I'm honestly baffled how any reader could describe this story's erotic content as "raw sex" without tenderness or romantic love. After all, sexual desire and deep romantic love are not mutually exclusive, and I think Traxler wanted to explore the ethics and conflicts of a love that is considered illicit, and to allow Norrie Blume, a decent and moral person, to do something that she knows very well is ethically questionable at best. That Traxler makes this moral quandary so very real and engrossing allows us to imagine ourselves in the protagonist's shoes, and invites us to question our own choices if faced with this dilemma. If you can say this is just a murder mystery, then you haven't understood the book at all. Too bad. Seriously''that's a shame.
  • Winail
Patricia Traxler has done it again. Her words are wonderfully composed in a way that draws the reader in without distracting. Many of us can relate to the push-and-pull relationship between Norrie and Michael. But Norrie is such a relatable and warm character, one can't help but fall for her. I found myself hoping early on that Norrie would dump Michael and focus on the friendships with women that Traxler so richly details. I have been a fan of Traxler's poetry and short stories for several years. I want to see more novels, and Traxler has clearly shown in this book that her artistry goes beyond the poetry and short stories for which she is perhaps better known.
  • Brialelis
From the very first page there is a foreshadowing of blood and tragedy, but thirty-five years old Norrie is the happiest she�s been in her life. She is thrilled to have been awarded the Larkin Fellowship at Radcliff where they pay her for one year to paint in a studio of her own and relocate her to an apartment in Harvard Housing where she intends to do the brunt of her painting.
Her lover, Michael, an accomplished writer, is married but he seems ready to leave his wife and children for her. Having her own apartment, (her last one she shared with a roommate) allows Norrie and Michael to spend a lot of quality time together there. The only fly in the ointment is Clara, Norrie�s next door neighbor, whose possessiveness turns Norrie against her. When one of the Larkies who happens to be Norrie�s best friend is murdered, everyone on campus thinks Clara did it even though there is no evidence linking her to the crime.
BLOOD is an erotic, dark and foreboding work that is more about different relationships than a typical murder mystery. The first person narrative makes the action up close and personal while allowing the audience an insightful view into Norrie�s thought processes. The action, though there�s not a lot of it, is pivotal to the story line. Patricia Traxler is a very talented writer who exposes the dark side of the human psyche to the audience.
Harriet Klausner
  • Kanrad
I bought this book on a whim, something I rarely do. I picked it up and flipped through the pages, and something about the dialogue and tone of the author's voice caught me, so I figured what the heck?

I am so glad I did - this book was one I found I could hardly put down. There were several times when the cleverness of the dialogue made me laugh out loud, and other times the descriptions of emotions made me want to weep. Being an artist myself (music and photography), I could thoroughly appreciate Norrie's struggle to be creative, how panicked she felt at the thought of that creativity deserting her and how obsessed she was once it got hold of her again.

There may have been some loose ends here and there, but I'm not a book critic - I just know this particular story spoke to my heart in a way that hasn't been done in a long time, and I hope Ms. Traxler graces us with more books before too long.
  • Butius
This is one of those books that you hate to finish. I felt like I knew Norrie, and knew I would miss her when it ended. Gripping, heart wrenching and elegantly written, I know I will think about this book for a long time.
  • Shem
I've always said that with good food, the best part was the taste in your mouth between bites & the same was true with this. That is as least until I got to the final quarter, which was finished today in one go. Entertaining & thought provoking throughout. I may not have always agreed with Norrie's beliefs on how life should be lived but I relished taking my time to reflect on what she had to say. Beautifully descriptive & poetic from the first sentence. *****