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Blood Alley

(Detective Brock Scanlin Files #1)

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Published September 2nd 2020
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David Lucero
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Detective Brock Scanlin is up to his ears in crime. He's got a double homicide to deal with, a potential serial killer on the loose, political suspects with too much power and too many friends to confront, and a daughter who comes up with a surprise that catches him flat-footed. To top it off, he tends to fall-off-the-wagon as the problems mount.

When he receives important leads and key witnesses which may allow him to crack his cases, along with the help of an FBI agent and his devoted partners,
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Shawn Callon
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This novel is an action-packed and complex murder investigation. It has all the ingredients for a gripping story - a determined, hard-drinking lead detective bent on solving multiple murders, a stunning FBI profiler seconded to assist the New Orleans police and a potpourri of political corruption/drugs/trafficking.
What I really like about K.D.'s books is her figurative descriptions of scenes and events. For instance when Alex the FBI profiler is confronted by a horde of cockroaches, the author
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Joe Congel
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of K.D. McNiven ever since I discovered her wonderful action-adventure series featuring Decker and Callie. Within the pages of Bermuda Conspiracy, book 3 in that series, we were introduced to Brock Scanlin, a Detective with the New Orleans Police Dept. I remember thinking as I was reading that story that Detective Scanlin was worthy of starring in his own book series. Well, I got my wish with McNiven’s newest offering, Blood Alley. This is a departure from the author’s other wo ...more
Nina Romano
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review of Blood Alley by K D McNiven

In her mystery novel Blood Alley, author K. D. McNiven nails the seamy, corrupt, sordid, and sleazy side of New Orleans. This is a good, solid murder story replete with all the elements of a police procedural—detectives investigate brutal crimes, study clues, profile possible perpetrators, criminals, and suspects. What also gives the book a realistic setting and flavor is the author’s use of the lingo and speech patterns to enhance the narrative. New Orleans P
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Jena Henry
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Starting a new series by Author K.D. McNiven!
Brock Scanlin is back!

Good news readers. New Orleans Police Detective Brock Scanlin made a memorable appearance in Bermuda Conspiracy by Author McNiven. Brock caught my imagination as the older cop, somewhat jaded and cynical, trying to hide his heart. He was so popular he is now the lead character in this new series, set in New Orleans. (And he looks great on the cover!)

New Orleans oozes its own secret vibe and Det. Scanlin knows his city all too w
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Richard Schwindt
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
KD McNiven writes large, about people, in bright colours, a style that has worked well in a number of warm weather thrillers. I wouldn’t have thought her approach would work for a gritty New Orleans police procedural about murdered prostitutes, poisoners and corruption. And I would have been wrong. In fact her style, personified in cop protagonist Brock Scanlin, humanizes everyone. The victims have mothers. He has a daughter and granddaughter he loves. Sure, he’s tough and smart but he’s also as ...more
Mrs. Y
If you have been a long-time reader, I am sure you know I love the "Callie and Decker" series by KD McNiven. This is her new series, and this is a detective series. Today I'm reviewing "Blood Alley," the first in the "Brock Scanlin Files" series of novels. And I paid for this on my own and reviewed it via Kindle!

For this feast of a book, post-Thanksgiving, I want to talk about what this is about briefly. This is a story that is a crime novel with a New Orleans twist. The premise is excellent, t
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S.S. Bazinet
Dec 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Put the words murder and thriller together, and you have a perfect summary of BLOOD ALLEY. The descriptions of characters, locales and police procedures are spot on. Combined, they give the reader an exciting, close up and personal, intense experience of what’s happening throughout the story.

I felt like I got to know Detective Brock Scanlin, his dedication, his exhaustion, and how he gave his investigation everything he had to give. The toll on his health and relationships was portrayed in a way
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John DeBoer
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K.D. McNiven presents us with a fast-paced novel that keeps the pages turning. Who is responsible for the deaths of two underage women on the streets of New Orleans? Where the evidence points is not necessarily the solution to the murders. Or is it? The plot thickens into a gumbo stew of mayhem as more murders are added to the list veteran NOPD detective Brock Scanlin must solve. And then when his own daughter becomes a target for the killer - or killers? - Scanlin and his team must race against ...more
C.P. Daly
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love police procedural novels, and New Orleans is a great setting for this type of novel.
The main character, Detective Scanlin uses old school police work to unravel the crime.
He's good at what he does, and doesn't apologize for his character flaws.
The case hits close to home and he and his team do what it takes to solve it. With his first priority keeping his family safe.
I enjoyed the plot twists, and the cast of characters.
Looking forward to reading the next book in the Detective Brock Scan
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Diana J
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blood Ally

I loved this book. I have read all of Ms McNiven’s book and this is by far my most favourite because I love crime novels. What I appreciate most about this book besides all the characters is the lack of swear words and gratuitous sex which are found in many other crime novels. Thank you for this small mercy Ms McNiven. I fell quickly in love with the characters and I look forward to the second novel in this series. This was a page turner.
MJ LaBeff
Jan 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Believable characters, Breakneck Plot

Blood Alley will keep mystery and police procedural fans guessing until the very end. The non-stop plot twists and mounting deaths make for a real page turner. The characters are engaging and relatable from the start and the city of New Orleans comes to life thanks to author K.D. McNiven’s vibrant descriptions. You’ll feel like you’re walking in the characters shoes taking in the sights, smells, sounds…I could taste the beignets.

The death of a prostitute ope
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