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Blood Relations

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Who is Claire Gravesend?

So wonders PI Lee Crowe when he finds her dead, in a fine cocktail dress, on top of a Rolls Royce, in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire’s mother, Olivia, is one of the richest people in California. She doesn’t believe the coroner: her daughter did not kill herself. Olivia hires Crowe, who—having just foiled a federal case ag
Paperback, 357 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Mariner Books
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart leaps with joy at the prospect of reading Jonathan Moore's latest crime noir which is so much more in its scope. It introduces what I believe is his new series set in California and his morally compromised, divorced, ex-lawyer gumshoe, Leland 'Lee' Crowe with his own private investigation agency, walking the mean streets of San Francisco, immersed in the criminal underbelly, whilst simultaneously mixing with the higher rarefied social circles of the rich and powerful. Lee has just finis ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance copy from the publisher for review.

Lee Crowe is the kind of private investigator who isn’t above taking a shady job from a defense attorney as part of an effort to intimidate a federal witness. While working on that project he comes across the body of a wealthy young Claire Gravesend who fell from a roof and smashed into a Rolls Royce.

Damn, but the rich even get to die in luxury.

Claire had been acting oddly before dropping out of sight. The police are calling it a suici
Lee Crowe is a dis-barred lawyer, now a PI who has a reputation of getting the job done - regardless. Even he doesn't realize what that will mean when he finds a body of a beautiful woman, dead, on the roof of a Rolls Royce in the middle of the ghetto. Wait, can we still use the word ghetto? Well, you know.... Being the type of guy that Lee is, he snaps some great photos of the woman and sells them to the highest bidding magazine. That sets him a course that will take him from coast to coast wit ...more
David Putnam
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a great deal. Moore is one of my new favorite writers. He has great writing craft, voice and character development. I loved his first two books The Poison Artist and The Dark room. The third book, Night Market was great as well just not on the same and straddled genres. Some of the scenes from Night Market have stayed with me which is a sign Moore did his job. Night Market is a near future story where he created a believable setting with wonderful images.
Blood Relations is cur
Marty Fried
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3.5 - 4.0, rounded up.

I enjoyed the story even though I had a bit of trouble accepting the main logic behind the crime. I didn't really think it was feasible. However, accepting that perhaps it was possible, I did enjoy the book, although it seemed like it left a bit on the table, perhaps for a followup. Nothing that detracts from the story too much, though. I would like to know more.

It's pretty hard to really discuss the story without giving away too much. If you live in the SF Bay Area, you wo
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this.

It's a formulaic and dull mystery. I didn't care for any of the characters, I didn't find the mystery that mysterious, and really didn't care about our victim at all.

I found myself reading chapters and realizing that I was retaining none of it - I simply couldn't enjoy the style.

So, may be better for you, but definitely not for me!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, this book was entertaining and easily read. The story is a mix of sleuthing out the bad guys with some science added for quite a tale.

Unlike other books by this author, this book lacked the believability I need to fully bit-in to the story. But it is filled with plot twists, questions of who done it and vivid descriptions of people and places. That doesn’t mean I won’t be reading other books by Moore. It means this didn’t rise to the level of Dark Room.

I did enjoy the interweaving of de
Liz Barnsley
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of this author. The writing is superb and he writes a kind of neo noir style story that never ever goes where you expect it to.

In this novel one man becomes slightly obsessed with a dead girl who seemingly plummeted to her death from the top of a tall building in a vivid act of suicide. But who was Clare Gravesend? His quest to find out will lead him down a dark path.

As ever we start off with an intriguing mystery element and some slightly crazy, quirky characters- but then things
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first two chapters reveal that private investigator Leland Crowe has been living for five weeks in a low class motel doing audio and video surveillance of someone in the room below him. As he is walking to his office one morning, he sees a woman who has fallen multiple stories onto a Rolls Royce. She is beautiful with a black cocktail dress but obviously dead. So what does Lee do? He takes pictures so he can sell them to a tabloid. At this point, I'm not sure I can like this character. The b ...more
Sam Reaves
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book features a San Francisco private eye, but we've come a long way from Sam Spade's world. Lee Crowe is a disbarred lawyer of flexible ethics who has a P.I. license and does a lot of work for a high-powered attorney with lots of influential clients. The book opens with a startling scene: a young woman lying dead on the crushed top of a Rolls-Royce Wraith in San Francisco's seedy Tenderloin district in the early morning. She has apparently leapt or been pushed from the flophouse looming ab ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of the author and as per his previous books, I expected the usual brand of crime noir with a complicated protagonist and suggestions of dark technology. Blood Relations delivers on that front!

I felt immersed in the setting. There's a gritty darkness where everything has its place, and every move has a purpose. There is plenty of action and while Crowe's abilities to bounce back from his injuries may seem a little preposterous, I found myself rooting for him. Despite his moral greyness
Michael J.
There are a ton of reviews here and elsewhere for this novel. It seems to be either "love it" or "hate it" with numerous four and five-star reviews plus many two-star or less rejections, and very few calling it average with three-stars. Most of the unsatisfied reviewers call it formulaic and I can understand that - - but what detective and/or crime novel isn't formulaic to a certain degree?
I think part of the problem may be the promotional hype that compares BLOOD RELATIONS and the writing of
Josie Jaffrey
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. Usually, I give three-star ratings to books that are just okay, or a bit meh. Unusually, this book gets a three-star rating because there were some things about it that I really loved, and some things I really hated.

It didn’t start well for me. Any crime novel in which the protagonist describes a girl’s corpse as beautiful in the first chapter is just a bit, well, creepy. I can do without it, but this is noir, so I suppose it fits the genre. The proble
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books this year. It had me from page one. Starting with a disbarred lawyer investigating a person involved in a criminal trial in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco to the discovery of a woman dead from a fall on top of a Roll Royce Wraith - no spoiler as it happens in the first pages of the book. But it's not just a mystery. It's scifi (or is it fiction). You don't know who the good guys are or who the bad guys are. Then when you think it's all wrapped up more happens. ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.
A new thriller from a writer who’s been compared to Michael Crichton, Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Chandler, Blake Crouch, and David Cronenberg takes us to the most menacing core of California’s upper crust, a class of billionaires with more money than they could spend in eternity.

Who is Claire
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I became totally and permanently hooked on Jonathan Moore’s novels after reading THE POISON ARTIST, THE DARK ROOM and THE NIGHT MARKET, which together presented a tightly written and loosely connected triptych of San Francisco. His newly published BLOOD RELATIONS, which has been eagerly anticipated by anyone who 1) has read any of his prior books and 2) has a pulse, is the equal of any and all of its predecessors, with a true and pitch-perfect mystery at its core and a solution that blurs but do ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leland Crowe is a former lawyer turned PI, who got disbarred for punching a California Supreme Court Justice who happened to be having an affair with his wife. Sounds like a bummer, and it was, but he's really more at home as a somewhat shady, gray area investigator, doing jobs for his former boss, the one that fired him after the brouhaha went down. As our story begins, he's finishing up a case for said boss in a seedy area of town, and just happens to stumble upon a blond woman atop a car, fal ...more
Ileana Renfroe
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new thriller from a writer who’s been compared to Michael Crichton, Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Chandler, Blake Crouch, and David Cronenberg takes us to the most menacing core of California’s upper crust, a class of billionaires with more money than they could spend in an eternity.

Who is Claire Gravesend? So wonders PI Lee Crowe when he finds her dead, in a fine cocktail dress, on top of a Rolls Royce, in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire’s mother, Olivia, is on
El hacen Sidelemin

A bent legitimate spine chiller which fulfills with as much coarseness as it does with interest, Blood Relations by co-creators Kathy Cohen and Edward Cohen keeps you riveted and twisted tight till its stunning closure.

Totally worth the read, this lawful spine chiller carries perusers to the hot and hot district of New Orleans, where behind the shut entryways of the particular Munger and Cameron law office, things end up being similarly as hot and much steamier. Furthermore, when youthful Kyle
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Leland Crowe is a disbarred lawyer who makes a living as a private investigator in California. He has a reputation for getting things done, often using methods are that are unorthodox and/or illegal (among them are bribery and electronic surveillance of private citizens). Jonathan Moore, in "Blood Relations," depicts Leland as a man without a clear sense of right and wrong. For example, a defense attorney named Jim Gardner hires Crowe to undermine the prosecution's case against the leader of an ...more
Rohase Piercy
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cracking story, well written, with lots of twists and cliffhangers and a nice fast pace. Lee Crowe is the stock-in-trade maverick detective who scrapes a living taking private cases and sometimes selling photos to newspapers, and who stumbles inadvertently upon something bigger than he can handle, involving genetics, secret laboratories and identical twins born several years apart. He manages to enlist some powerful help and sponsorship, however, and this together with his own dogged d ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A new addition to the roster of hard-boiled, hard-bitten private investigators in California! Leland "Lee" Crowe, disbarred lawyer, is eking out a living as an investigator for high-powered attorney Jim Garland. Just off the conclusion of a nasty case of witness intimidation in an organized crime prosecution, Lee happens to find the body of Claire Gravesend, apparently a suicide by jumping. Her mother, the super-rich and powerful Olivia Gravesend, hires Lee to find out what exactly brought her d ...more
Kate Ayers
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Really, almost four stars. The concept is nothing like any I've ever read, so that's a huge plus. The story takes place in and around the Bay Area and points north & south, which is so picturesque it's fun to envision. And the main character, Lee Crowe, a sort of detective with loose scruples, is unique yet someone I think I'd like as a friend. He has ethics, but doesn't put up with crap. His main employer usually gives him the jobs that might need someone who doesn't exactly worry ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This was a bit of a bizarre story; I didn't not like it but neither did I really like it, thus the 2.5 star rating.

Lee Crowe is a lawyer who lost his license to practice and turns to PI work. He does a lot of work for Jim Gardner, a high profile lawyer but his latest job finds him in much trouble especially coming across a young woman who took a plunge off a building and landed on an expensive car. Crowe takes a pic of the scene, sells it to the newspaper and finds himself knne deep int
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
You know those thrillers you pick up at the airport before your flight? This book was just that for me. I hate to say it, but I made it a DNF.

Maybe it's because I REALLY want to get to some other anticipated books- but I only got about 75% through. I want to finish it when I get through the other reads though.

It's about an ex-lawyer turned P.I. in California. You follow him while he works out how to solve the death of a young heiress who supposedly committed suicide. He runs into drug cartels,
H R Koelling
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable flawless novel with a great plot and likeable characters. I loved the Bay Area setting and cast of characters who help the PI, Lee Crowe, get to the bottom of this very intriguing detective story.

But this isn't some cheap airport genre paperback. It's a well-developed and contemporary story that delves into the what-ifs of the potentially seedy and underground world of human cloning filled with James Bond henchmen, Jason Bourne action, some John Grisham legalese, and the sop
Helle Brown
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am new to this author but this will definitely not be the last time I read any of his books. Blood Relations is a past paced book about a private detective (disbarred attorney) who is hired to look into the apparent suicide of a beautiful rich young woman.
The story takes us through California and Boston leaving a trail of bodies in its wake all for the sake of eternal life.
I loved the main characters Lee Cowen as the PI and Olivia Gravesend as the 5th richest woman who is the mother of Cla
Agnes Muscoreil
Jonathan Moore is one of my favorite writers, and I can now add this book to my list of top reads. Lee Crowe is a disbarred attorney turned private eye, working for his former lawyer friend Jim Gardner. While out on the job he comes upon a young lady sprawled on the top of a Rolls Royce on a late night in a bad area. He takes a photo, knowing he can sell it to a local paper, and if it turns out the lady is famous for one reason or another, he'll make a pretty good amount! Turns out the young lad ...more
Danelle The Librarian
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blood Relations by Jonathan Moore is really more of a 3.75 book, but Goodreads doesn't offer that. I liked the writing style of Moore- it felt like an old school crime/detective novel. Kind of moody and dark. The story kept me guessing for a long time- why does she have the marks on her? How is there someone out there with the same marks who looks just like her? As with many thriller type novels, the ending was a bit implausible. But still, the concepts put forth in the book were different from ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
More a 3-1/2. Interesting read. The beginning was slow and a bit hard to follow. I wasn't sure where he was going with it and as a red herring it wasn't one of the best. Once the story focused on Claire and what was going on it was a pretty decent read. I stayed up later than I should have reading because the action was too good to stop. I was initially drawn to the book because it mainly takes place in and around San Francisco and Crowe travels to some places I love to go myself like Mendocino. ...more
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Jonathan Moore is an Edgar Award and Hammett Prize nominated author of six novels.

His third novel, THE POISON ARTIST, was a selection of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. His novel THE NIGHT MARKET was optioned as a feature film by Amazon Studios and Mandeville Films, and his books have been translated into 12 languages.

Before graduating from law school in New Orleans, he lived in Taiwan for three years

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