Isaiah Coleridge is a mob enforcer in Alaska--he's tough, seen a lot, and dished out more. But when he forcibly ends the moneymaking scheme of a made man, he gets in the kind of trouble that can lead to a bullet behind the ear. Saved by the grace of his boss and exiled to upstate New York, Isaiah begins a new life, a quiet life without gunshots or explosions. Except a teenage girl disappears, and Isaiah isn't one to let that slip by. And delving into the underworld to track this missing girl will get him exactly the kind of notice he was warned to avoid....
|Title||:||Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1) Reviews
Blood Standard is the first book I’ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a “retired” mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they welcome and accept him, and when their granddaughter goes missing Isaiah intends to find her. In the beginning it took a little work to stick with the story, but I’m glad I did as it got better as it went along. While thi ...more
When he sees his fellow gangsters killing walruses for fun, Isaiah Coleridge chops one of them in the throat and winds up exiled to a work farm in upstate New York. A teenage girl also staying at the farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang members and corrupt law enforcement...
2017 was the year of Laird Barron for me. I managed to read every book he had in print so it was a no-brainer that I'd pick up this one, his first foray into crime fiction. Barron' ...more
I'm on team Coleridge. Until he punches me in the ribs (I'm kind of delicate). Brimming with memorable characters, action, nastiness, and well, fun (that's my kind of fun, and I imagined Laird cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book).
In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they’re safe until they’ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean record himself. Located in the cold, the tundra of Alaska Isaiah soon finds himself caught up in a plot that is bigger than he ever intended. Isaiah has stumbled into a moneymaking scheme from one of the big players up ...more
Isaiah Coleridge is a half-Maori mob enforcer in Alaska until he upsets the wrong people and gets exiled to upstate New York. He tries to begin a quiet new life but when a teen girl goes missing, he can't help becoming involved. This story was fast-paced and a great fit for fans of classic, hard-boiled noir stories. There's a lot of fast-talking quippy characters and meetings in smoky rooms. I enjoyed Isaiah as a character, he has enough heart and gruffness to be great. Action heavy crime storie ...more
Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir.
Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the “Mafia penal colony”. After letting his feelings toward animal cruelty get the best of him, he is abruptly tossed out of the Life. On his own and hiding in a small upstate New York commune, he looks into the disappearance of the granddaughter of the owners.
Laird Barron's "Blood Standard" is a top-notch crime fiction story that has a great narrative voice even from the beginning. Take a half-Maori (a Polynesian ethnic group who is indigenous to New Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and finds himself exiled by the Outfit from Alaska to the Hudson River Valley. Talk about two wildly different neighborhoods. Isaiah Coleridge is a tough guy with a heart of gold, keen about wreaking mayhem among his ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Standard. I had read a lot of Thrillers and Men's Crime novels growing up and had stopped reading them because they become formulaic and predictable. This is a bit more than your average Men's Crime novel and there is also a Mystery (or two) at the heart of the Story that is packed with characters and several plots and subplots. None of the characters in the story seem very cliche to me. Even some of the bad guys have some depth and that is rare in a lot of Crime Novel ...more