Blood Count

Blood Count

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There's no such thing as easy money. As surgeon Edward Hammond is about to find out. Thirteen years ago he performed a life saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now standing trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague. After his life was saved, his men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars. Now Gazi's family want more from him: in exchange for keeping Hammond's dirty little secret, they want him to find for them the man who holds the key to all the money Gazi squirreled away before he was locked up. But Italian financier, Marco Piravani, doesn't want to be found, not by Hammond, not by anyone. No sooner has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared again. His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, and then to Milan to find the Italian, and then finally back to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, where he must confront the decisions he once so easily took. Only then will he be able to lay the past to rest.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2011.
ISBN: 9780593065099
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm.

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Dec 22, 2014

Blood Count --- by --- Robert Goddard. Goddard is quite the accomplished wordsmith. After a reading of two of his other novels,´” The Ways of the World”, and” The Corners of the Globe” it became quite evident that devouring as many of his other novels as I could find would be a treat. And “Count” was eminently devourable. The novel is set, for the most part, in the former Yugoslavia. In the aftermath of the wars and terrors that followed Tito’s death , bodies were being found; treachery was being revealed; scores were still being settled. Against this backdrop, Doctor Hammond is duped and duped again. Who can he trust? Who is about to betray him? He is sent on a fool’s errand; many of them, to find the money; to find the perpetrator; to find the monster; to find himself. The plot lined is complex. When the tale should end it does not. When it does: eh? You will race through Blood Count. And then you’ll probably be looking for more.

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Mommies2
Sep 26, 2011

First time reading this author. Lighter plot then other authors but kept me interested. I will be reading some of his other works.

debwalker May 20, 2011

Goddard is always a good read for vacations, weekends, plane trips. Absorbing mystery thrillers that usually invovle secrets of the past resurfacing.

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