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Reviews of Bad Blood (2010)

Review by michael a draper (2010-12-28)
In southern Minnesota, an employee at a grain company kills a farmer, Jacob Flood. The boy who killed the farmer is Robert Tripp. After he is questioned, the sheriff jails him but then Tripp is murdered in his cell. The sheriff suspects one of her own men, Jim Crocker. Since interal politics gets involved, she calls in investigator Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

When Virgil goes to Crocker's home to question him, they find him murdered and made to appear as suicide. Virgil investigates the three deaths and finds a fourth murder victim, a young teenager, Kelly Baker, found dead in a cemetary.

Virgil tries to put the four deaths together and learns that Tripp was gay and Baker had been involved in some extreme sexual activity.

Then he talks to Flood's wife, who informs him that Crocker and her husband were childhood friends and that may have given him a reason to kill Tripp. Mrs. Flood also tells Virgil that Kelly also belonged to the same church.

It's when Virgil leaves the Flood's home that we learn something perverted is going on. Virgil investigates and soon learns that besides the four deaths, there is a history of sexual perversion going on with members of a church. How will he be able to stop something as widescale as this?

A well plotted and unique plot that has the reader at the edge of their seat.

(This review refers to the 2010 version titled “Bad Blood”)

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