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Precious Blood. Jonathan Hayes (Dr. Edward Jenner #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  447 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
The nightmare of 9/11 left New York City medical examiner Edward Jenner shattered and emotionally scarred. He thought he'd turned away from forensics--and life--for good, but the mutilation murder of a college student is pulling him back. The body of a young woman, nailed to the wall of her East Village apartment, has Jenner convinced that there's a serial killer prowling ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Arrow Books (first published 2007)
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Jan 28, 2009 Brendan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reasons why I hated this book:

1. It's terrible. It was recommended on NPR as this terrifying thriller, when in reality it's just a retread of "Silence of the Lambs (serial killer who kidnaps, kills, and mutilates young female women? Check!)," "The DaVinci Code (single-minded killer whose damaged psyche was further warped by a twisted religious upbringing? Check!)," "Angels and Demons (killings inspired by events in ancient Catholic history? Check!)," and most of the Saw movies. I should mention
Jul 03, 2008 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves to be thrilled..
Jonathan Hayes, a forensic pathologist himself for the city of New York, writes his first thriller PRECIOUS BLOOD from a place of pure authenticity. Though Publisher's Weekly complained of the lack of "...insufficient focus on his protagonist's emotional state...", I found that the essence of that emotional state permeates every fiber of Dr. Jenner's being as he is dragged into the dark, sickness of the killer's escalation into mind-bending cruelty. The book may seem to some slow to build but I ...more
Jun 26, 2011 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually not a fan of the serial killer genre, but this one's a good solid read. Jonathan Hayes' debut introduces Edward Jenner, who, like Hayes himself, is a Medical Examiner in New York City. Hayes has a very deft hand; he puts in just enough detail, about pathology and about life in his beloved New York, to keep the reader's interest without slowing the story down.
The main thing that makes or breaks a serial killer novel is the killer himself. At first I was afraid Hayes' villain, who sta
Cj W
Precious Blood By Jonathan Hayes. ....


I found this book at Dollar Tree, actually, and I am SO glad that I picked it up!

Kathy Reichs says:
"Taut and chilling, a fast-paced thriller, written by a real player in the game of forensic sleuthing"

And she's right!

Edward Jenner is an ex Medical Examiner, who afer 9/11 goes through a period of severe depression, and emotional turmoil.

He is brought back into the forensic department as a personal favor, and ends up helping in the race to catch a s
Ah, the serial killer. That sociopathic individual that gives Americans such a delicious thrill. I'm not sure what it says about us as a people that we are so fascinated with sick, twisted, violent death, but given the number of books, movies, and true crime shows on the subject, we seem to have a never-ending curiosity.

I will admit to this morbid fascination in myself. I like to think that my interest is as a result of my profound desire to understand the human mind, but I suspect there is a fa
Mar 22, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good mystery that kept me turning pages trying to find out what would happen next. There were times when I found both the main characters frustrating and annoying, but I was caught off guard by how much I cared about them and wanted them to survive when they were squaring off against the killer.I know wasn't that realistic the way the cops handled things and reacted, but after all it's a work of fiction, I don't think that diminishes the book in any way. I would recommend it to anyone ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Devona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Diese Rezension (falls man das, was ich mir hier jetzt aus den Fingern sauge, so nennen kann) – und eine weitere desselben Kalibers schiebe ich schon eine Weile vor mir her, weil ich ehrlich gesagt, so überhaupt nicht weiß, was ich dazu schreiben soll. Alles schon hundertmal dagewesen…

Man nehme ein Handbuch für Thrillerautoren und die dazugehörige Grabbelkiste für Plots und Charaktere und werfe dann wild in die Thriller-Mixmaschine für Schreibanfänger (es war anno 2008 Herrn Hayes Debütroman) fo
Wade McGinnis
Oct 23, 2011 Wade McGinnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing thriller, finished it in one week which is pretty quick for me. Enjoyable, haunted characters, and a chilling, super-creepy villain. If you enjoy the genre, you'll enjoy Precious Blood. There were a few pieces of the story I found to be unnecessary, and I'm not sure how I feel about Jenner overall; which is why I resisted a five-star rating.
Sep 03, 2008 Mich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/crime fans,
new author, new character i WANT to read more about!
dr edward jenner has amazing potential in being the 'newest crime detective' in the form of a forensic pathologist.
GREAT read! i want mORE@!!! totally twisted plot and i LOVED the references to 'home'(somerset,pa)even if they werent accurate!
Apr 12, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read, audio
After the big reveal 86% of the way thru I gave up. I had no idea who that person was and was waiting on that reveal to make or break this book. Eager to start on something else. Next!
Ada Iaboni
Jul 01, 2015 Ada Iaboni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book from this author and this series. I'm not sure where this one fits in the list, but I really liked this novel. The M.E.(Medical Examiner), Doc. Jenner, has some residual emotional issues from 9/11. He is asked by a friend to look into the death of a close family member. I liked that this brilliant M.E. does not see everything and figures it all out at the first look. But he sees the clues and fallows them until they pay off. It is usually dry reading when one reads about the autops ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Oma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jonathan-hayes
I had read this book but didn't remember the details so reread to get ready for the next novel featuring Dr Edward Jenner. Mixed feelings on this (probably why I couldn't remember it). Had some sections that just didn't blend with the main plot..especially Jenner's relationship with the young girl who was a niece of a friend of his and roommate to one of the killer's victims. This made the story drag.
But the last chapters were exciting and ending was worth rereading.
I'm hoping the next novel fr
May 27, 2008 KeAnne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Derivative and cliche.
Dec 30, 2011 Estelle rated it liked it
One thing I really liked about this book is the gory killings. Precious Blood is set at a rather fast-pace. With the intensity of the brutal kills, the book give a visual picture of all the events. Author, Hayes writing is straight to the point without missing vital details.

Only flaw, The background story of the Inquisitor. Yes, Jenner went back to Bobby Farrar's hometown, was told about the growing-up and rumors about him by the then Chief of police department. From what I read, I thought the g
Jul 22, 2013 Keksisbaby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Nach dem bestialischen Mord an ihrer Mitbewohnerin flüchtet sich Ana zu dem forensischen Pathologen Edward Jenner. Dieser befindet sich eigentlich im Ruhestand, weil er die Identifizierungsarbeiten nach dem 11. September psychisch nicht verkraftet hat. Nur hin und wieder nimmt er kleine Jobs an. Als Ana bei ihm auftaucht, möchte er sie so schnell wie möglich der Polizei übergeben, aber sein Beschützerinstinkt siegt. Schon bald kommen sich die beiden näher und so wird die Jagd nach dem Mörder, de ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Gaby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Jonathan Hayes' Precious Blood touches on NYC during the time of 9/11. The hero is NYC medical examiner Edward Jenner who worked throughout the horrifying days after 9/11. The aftermath left Jenner emotionally scarred and he'd left the field of pathology. But when one of his closest friends calls for his help, Jenner is forced back to help in the forensic investigation of the brutal mutilation of a young woman.

The victim is found naked and nailed to the wall. Jenner is certain that there is a se
The story had a good premise but there were a few too many plot holes for my liking and it wasn't very well planned out. By the last few sentences, I was left with that 'but....why?' feeling - I needed to know more about the killer and his motives for the killings weren't made very clear. Yes, he went through abuse but why the fascination for such elaborate deaths? Characters were left up in the air - the ones you think are key characters turn out not to be (one of them is referred to by 3 diffe ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Precious Blood by Jonathan Hayes: a first novel by the author, who is (or was) a New York City medical examiner (ME). I had mixed feelings about the book. Recommended highly to me by a friend, I loved the locations - I could picture many of them - and that gave me an immediate connection to the book. But I felt the story was too gruesome, which may be strange as I have enjoyed various gruesome Scandinavian crime stories, but I can't help it.
Set mostly in Manhattan, with side trips to Pennsylvani
Edward Jenner is a former medical examiner living in New York City. He is pulled back into his craft when his good friend, Douggie's niece, Ana, witnesses the gruesome murder of her roommate, Andy. Andy's father hires Jenner to examine his daughter's case alongside the New York City medical examiner, Steve Whittaker. When Whittaker overlooks a vital piece of evidence left on the body, Jenner doesn't. The murderer left markings on the body, markings that resemble Greek writing. The case turns out ...more
Anneth Strinnholm
Rättsläkaren Edward Jenner är en typisk (anti)hjälte i en typisk thriller som inte bjuder på några större överraskningar. Killen är vansinnigt duktig på sitt arbete förstås, men efter ett sammanbrott orsakat av sviterna efter 11 september lever han numera tillbakadraget. Självklart behövs hans expertis än en gång när en seriemördare börjar slaska runt. Denne arrangerar sina offers kroppar på ett gruvsamt sätt som för tankarna till ritualmord med någon sorts religiös innebörd. Jenner skyddar det ...more
J. Ewbank
This is the first book by Hayes and it is a good one. He will even improve over time. For my taste it was a little heavy on the gory scenes, but the story was a good one. The characters are well drawn out and if he continues this series will get even stronger. I liked the book.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms", "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Shonna Froebel
This book starts with a vicious murder. A young woman is killed and hung upside down on a wall of her apartment, while the killer covers himself in her blood. The woman's roommate barely manages to escape after hiding from the killer during his actions.
Edward Jenner, former medical examiner for the city, is called by the father of the victim to take a look at the case for him. Jenner had left his job a few months after 9-11 when he couldn't recover from the mass cases they had to deal with. When
Jul 25, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Jenner is a forsenic pathologist who was traumatized by 911. He struggled with the events of that experience and was finally fired from his job. His boss was a political idiot who is on the fast track for politics. A young woman is murdered and the father hires Edward Jenner to investigate. Unfortunately for Edward, his old boss is in charge of the case. The roommate shows up at Edward's apartment and he vows to help keep her safe. Her uncle is an old friend of Edwards. Twists and turns i ...more
Lakota Schultz
As a debut novel goes, this is actually pretty good. The serial killer is scary without being comical (although the big WHY?? question was left out of the story) and the heroic/tragic figure Jenner is realistically scarred enough to be believable without going OTT.
Aa the reluctant heroine of this book is slightly more fantasy-world. I mean wow if it was that quick to get through cold turkey and survive wouldn't the wold be a better place?? She's a screw up, and sympathy for her wanes fairly qui
Melissa Norton
Sep 10, 2009 Melissa Norton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining debut, but lacking in originality and character development. Protagonist Dr Edward Jenner left his job in the NYC ME's office after 9/11's aftermath took its toll. Hired by a friend's family to investigate the brutal killing of their daughter, Jenner finds himself hunting a serial killer and becoming involved with the victim's roommate. Hayes borrows from Thomas Harris and even a little bit of Dan Brown. Jenner's PTSD is never fully explored and most characters are stock. A quick ...more
Caroline Barker
Oct 30, 2012 Caroline Barker rated it it was amazing
A very fast-paced and chilling thriller. This was an excellent debut for Jonathan Hayes. Before I had even read the book I was aware that the author was a forensic pathologist. The detail of the investigation is profound and obviously from a man with common knowledge of this expertise, however the way in which the novel is written enables many readers to take it all in and become understanding and captivated by it all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope to find that the author has written a ...more
Sacha Gillett
Jun 19, 2014 Sacha Gillett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it could not put it down!
Jun 20, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent forensic thriller.
Feb 25, 2014 Maccas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Good thriller and Jennings is an interesting character supported by other likeable characters that keep the plot moving along nicely.
Nov 23, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all those SS lovers :)
A first novel from ME Jonathan Hayes, this was an outstanding thriller! I'm hoping that he has more in him to write, as I would love to see this turn into a series. I would love to follow around Edward Jenner and see just where he takes me. I'd also like to see the current ME, Steve Whittaker, take his best shot at Jenner to see if he can get him disbarred (so to speak) from practicing in New York.

Two thumbs up to this new author!!!
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British-born Jonathan Hayes is a senior forensic pathologist in New York City. He has lectured internationally in his field, and teaches at New York University School of Medicine; he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A prolific and eclectic freelance writer, Hayes writes regularly for the New York Times, New York magazine, GQ, Food and Wine, Martha Stewart Living and many o ...more
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