Three Drops of Blood and A Cloud of Cocaine Paperback / softback
Jimmy Henderson, retired, in his 70s, a man without much of a history, is found mutilated (tongue cut out, eyes gouged) in his Ford pick-up truck, bang in the middle of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Paul McCarthy is the town sheriff and in charge of the investigation.
Like Watertown he's rather featureless and unimaginative, married, two children, a man desperately trying to keep some sort of boundary between the sordidness of his investigations and his family life.
Soon, Franck, a young private detective visiting from NY, takes an interest in the case.
Paul and Franck come to the same conclusion; perhaps a psychopath is at work, a conclusion reinforced when a second, similar murder is committed.
It looks like the work of an artist, killing purely to escape suburban ennui.
Franck dominates the story, a disturbing, edgy, totally decadent character, always over dressed, an actor with too much make-up, a man always rushing to the bathroom for another line of coke, revealing the darker workings of Watertown and of the case with a blood curdling laugh.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 228 pages
- Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
- Publication Date: 01/06/2017
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781908524836
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