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Bad Blood by John Sandford
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May 18, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: awful
Read in May, 2011

This book makes me wish for a no stars option.

Normally I enjoy this series both for the pace and the plotting. Not this time. The sexual abuse of women and children is ugly, and perhaps Sandford was trying to make that point. I couldn't help thinking that his depiction of sexual abuse of women and children for the purpose of entertainment (and let's not forget profit) was just as ugly. And it was made worse because I was listening to an audiobook and I couldn't skip over the more graphic sections the way I usually do. Now those images are stuck in my head.

And on a less serious note, the amount of product placement in these books is getting ridiculous. Vehicles, motels, soft drinks, frozen dinners, you name it. It's almost entertaining seeing how he can work discussions of the products into the story lines. The Tahoe/Tundra conversation was so contrived as to be ludicrous. I don't know if this is getting worse, or if I noticed it more because I had to listen to every word.

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Bridget Isn't it funny how different we can be. I gave it 5 stars and loved it. Sigh.

message 2: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Winkworth Judith: I totally agree with you. I found Bad Blood to be offensive and troublesome. Sanford has lost me as a reader. I much prefer Martin Walker writing about Bruno, Chief of Police, and Charles Finch with his series about Lennox in Victorian London.

Mila I loved it and gave it 5 stars, but I understand where you're coming from. It's very graphic and I think there should be some sort of trigger warning for it.

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