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4.56  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Punk rocker and sadomasochist Denny Bowie, a “legwork guy” for a private investigation firm, is out to find the killer of five masochistic men and his childhood friend, fetish photographer Tommy Heat. He gets back with Penny Dallion, the Goth-girl of his dreams, and is enthralled by the hot and androgynous Erin Marr, his new boyfriend. While investigating Tommy’s murder, D ...more
246 pages
Published by Booktrope Publishing (first published December 21st 2014)
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Gillian Gibson
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-recommends
Okay where to begin...I'm so excited!
I purchased the Kindle version of this book on December 24th 2014.
I got started reading and couldn't put it down. The innovative use of descriptive language put me on scene frame by frame, I truly felt like I was there taking it all in through my own eyes. The strong and vibrant characters cleverly and educationally introduced me to a world completely unknown before.
I found myself sitting up straight at times clutching my chest, holding my breath and grabbin
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Tiffany Brown
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If Phillip Marlowe, Holden Caulfield and every manic pixie dream girl in literature had an orgy, the next morning among them you may find the beginnings of Denny Bowie, the unflinching and all too human, (not quite) anti-hero of "Bloodletting". There's an uneasiness that comes with reading this book, and that's part of it's brilliance, a magic that makes the reader feel almost too close to every character, able to look deeply but never actually touch. And you're going to want to touch, to reach ...more
Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
I received this book in return for an honest review.

I'm sorry but I could NOT finish this book. No matter how much I honestly tried. I made it to 45%, and THAT took me about to month to get to. Bloodletting is not for the weak of heart and ... I think you have to have one hella strong stomach to finish this.
I sadly, didn't make the cut with that. This book made me sick to my stomach every few pages. And because I didn't finish it, I don't think I can really rate it. and if I did, I would give it
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Ilp
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional private detective, Purely sadistic murders, Sex with no taboos: BLOODLETTING is a dark, grisly and carnal Gem. To be devoured urgently. ILP-iconelabelpictures
Love Bytes Reviews
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 heart review by Roberta

This book was different than I expected. I figured that this was a great mystery/suspense novel with hits of romance and a bit of BDSM. That’s what I got!!

Denny Bowie…what can I say about him? Denny is such an interesting character. He is a young man in his late 20’s who has been working in a PI firm doing the background work. Denny wants to get ahead and work as an investigator and his friend, Penny gives him the chance of a lifetime. Denny really is a smart young man
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Isaiah
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two things: I got a free copy of this book to review and I read this a week ago and I am still speechless. There is so much to say about this book, I have no real idea where to start.

I guess I will start with BDSM representation in the book, since that so often goes horribly wrong and goes into abuse territory really fast. This book had a great deal of consent and discussion before any sex happened with the main characters. It was even a general plot point that Denny and Nike were friends for y
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Ashley Tomlinson
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a lot that can be said about this incredibly kinky, erotic book. This is most definitely an adult book, children stay clear of this. This is categorized as a crime thriller but it could also be placed in the erotica section, at least that's my opinion.

I'm not a fan of erotica books, but since I know this wasn't exactly an erotica book I gave it a chance. I learned a lot about BDSM sex, a lot I could have gone my whole life without knowing but I learned. Like they say once you see you c
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Jonah Bergan
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-themes
Denny Bowie, is a lot of things. He's a PI from Chicago. He's a masochist and a submissive. He's also best friends with a fetish photographer who just happens to be the latest victim of a serial killer in New York, so he fakes his way into the investigation with the help of an old girlfriend -a former love of his life, and the Domina who just happens to be the daughter of the Captain of the homicide division.

The killer (or killers) seem to be just another pervert who has simply gone too far. At
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Patricia Eddy
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Denny Bowie is a private dick. Or he'd like to be. Rather, he works as a glorified PI errand boy who needs a break to hit the big time. When Tommy, one of his childhood friends, is killed, Penny, the daughter of the police chief and Denny's closest friend, offers him a chance to prove himself.

Denny leaves Chicago for New York, where he'll investigate Tommy's murder, see if he and Penny can make a sexual relationship work, and indulge in his fantasies.

Bloodletting is reminiscent of old film noi
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T.R. Horne
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed many parts of William D. Prystauk's novel Bloodletting. There were some parts that I weren't entirely in sync with but overall not a bad read. So let's start with what I loved...I absolutely loved the sex scenes in this book! Prystauk really knows how to paint a picture with his descriptions and the sex scenes were the most vivid. There's love entwined in all the sex but not a realistic love so it comes off as really raunchy, gritty sex which is not bad but also not what I think the au ...more
Annie
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I took a ride when I picked up a new novel entitled Bloodletting for my evening downtime. I knew very little about it beforehand, and no one warned me to buckle my seat belt or to hang on for dear life. Murder? I've read about it, sure. BDSM? Yeah, I've read about that too…both subjects are fascinating separately. Linked together into the intricate crime fiction that is Bloodletting, I was pulled in by the shirt collar and not released until I forced myself to stop reading for the night.

I cou
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Jon Weidler
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
While presumably set in the present, "Bloodletting" reads like a gritty and grimy nostalgia Valentine to the down-and-dirty New York City of the 1970s and '80s. In its best passages, it brings to mind the noteworthy authors (and cool, retro-fit cover art) of novels on the Hard Case Crime imprint. Denny Bowie is our protagonist, a P.I. looking into the murder of his fetish photographer friend, Tommy Heat. The character names are a veritable catalog of metal/industrial/alternative musicians from t ...more
Christa Plunkett
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly suspenseful, thrilling, and visceral crime mystery. Graphic details are shocking, yet additive to plot. An eye-opening window to the underworld of BDSM subculture. Set against the dangerous backdrop of a Manhattan night scene, the reader becomes voyeur to fantasies where pleasure entwined with pain quickly transform into nightmares--and Denny Bowie is on the scene!
Josselyn Radillo
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
FULL REVIEW AT CHAPTERFIVE.WIX.COM/CHAPTER5
ON MAY 4TH

4.5 STARS
My Thoughts:

Bloodletting is William Prystauk newest crime thriller novel with a little twist into the BDSM world. The characters, the story, a close up into a real BDSM lifestyle and the pulse pounding action make for a thrilling read.

Denny is a strong male character who knows how to take care of himself but has a weakness for rough and masochist sex. A man with a lot of sex fantasies that his body crave for then but at the same time
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David McDonald
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not My Thing...Usually

It’s true. I admit it. Despite multiple attempts at appreciating the genre, I’ve been short of giving crime fiction its proper due.

Until now, that is.

This absorbing tome hooked me from the moment I cracked the cover. Prystauk lends a distinctive voice to Denny Bowie, the multifaceted, delightfully gritty private investigator as he maneuvers through the shadow society of BD/SM — assisted by his intimate companions, sassy goth girlfriend Penny and slinky cross-dressing boyfri
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm not into BDSM, but when offered the chance to read this book and reading the premise of it, i thought I'd expand my horizons. I was not disappointed. This is definitely not a book for the kiddies though, as it contains bit of graphic sex (nowhere enough to classify this book as erotica, though)

Someone is killing people, and it's up to the main character to find out why. The background of this story is plausible, though I think a couple of bits could have been done better. By the end, we know
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S.g. Lee
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

First off, I'll admit, this is not my typical read but when the mastermind behind CrashPalace Productions puts out a novel I had to check it out! Mind you, this is not for the faint of heart or prudish. It's downright graphic with a capital G but the mystery was all consuming. I read it non-stop & could not put it down. I needed to know if my suspicions were correct. Did I have the killer pegged or was I running in circles like Denny?

Bloodletting masterfully embraces multiple genres to
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Antonios Tsompanidis
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? If a book doesn't suck me in by the first chapter, its hard for me to press on. My favorite authors hook me in by the first few pages.....this book hooked me in right away! Excellent murder mystery with plot twists, action, erotica and a trip to the Village in NYC. The author's use of common things and some sentimental things completely bring you into the story. Couldn't wait for the paperback (ordered) so I read the Nook version. Highly recommend......you will not be dissapointe ...more
Audrey
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bloodletting is a well written mystery that provides an introduction to the BDSM community. For those of you worried about boundary-pushing sex, Prystauk doesn’t go into a lot of detail in the sex scenes. Some of the descriptions of the crime scenes are intense, but they’re no more graphic than other crime thriller books I’ve read. If you’re looking to expand your reading repertoire, give Bloodletting a try. It’s definitely the most unique book I’ve read in a while.
Eleanor Sapia
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
William D. Prystauk's Bloodletting is an excellent murder mystery with more than a few twists and turns, excrutiating pauses, and breakneck forward movement. The well written book introduces the reader to the world of BDSM, but it's so much more than that--it's a unique, great read from a very talented author. I look forward to more from Prystauk, and hope there is a sequel!
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

To be fair, William D. Prystauk's Bloodletting is getting a few extra points today simply for trying to bring something fresh and unique to the staid world of supermarket crime thrillers; its particular private-eye hero is a Millennial but with an obsessive love for the '80s punk scene, and the crime he's
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Review to come. Hard to rate. I have to think about it a bit.
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I’m an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and educator, as well as a published poet and essayist. My novel, BLOODLETTING, has been adapted from my script of the same name, which took Second Place at the Screenwriters Showcase Screenplay Contest in 2006, and was the leading piece in the mystery category. In 2016, the novel won the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Noir Film Festival.

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