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‘Blood Money’ by Doug Richardson

Beemer cursed.

Two words.

Two syllables.

A mental rimshot inside Greg Beem’s skull. The simple phrase was perfectly descriptive, and summed up just about every seminal moment of the Beemer’s twenty-nine years. The curse described a moment that was, in truth, formative. Beemer could catalogue his life with his very own cursed moments.

… I wet the bed.

… the gun went off.

… she’s really pregnant?

… my parachute didn’t open.

… that knife was sharper than I thought.

… the bitch actually left me.

… I really didn’t mean to burn the house down.

Beemer’s most recent cursed moment began at 3:16 A.M. on August sixth. Beemer remembered the time because, for some unknown reason, his eyes had flicked to the digital clock display on the dashboard of the Peterbilt tandem axle tractor rig.


I never include a synopsis of the book in this post, so as to avoid too many spoilers, however if you would like to read more about both book and author, click here.

I say this, because in the particular case of ‘Blood Money’, those first lines just aren’t what I expected after reading the book’s premise, although the idea of trying to ‘pigeon hole’ my life into a series of cursed moments, sounds like a great way to try defining myself.


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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of ‘Blood Money’, was gifted to me free of charge, by its author, Doug Richardson.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Jo,

      I wasn’t quite sure about those first few lines at first, but I think they need a couple of reads to really get them into context and then they do actually become quite meaningful and powerful in their emotion.

      Let’s just hope that the rest of the story is written with the same strength of feeling, if so I am in for quite some read!

      Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

    • Hi Lianne,

      ‘Beemer’s’ thoughts don’t appear to very pleasant ones either, do they? he seems to have more ‘cursed’ moments than anything else and it sounds as though he is about to have another moment to add to his list. At 3:16 am, I am guessing that this event, whatever it might be, isn’t about to be any better than any of the others by which he can track his life so far!

      Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits and comments.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have to be honest, if I was to be faced with just those opening lines on their own, I may think twice about picking this book as a must read. You definitely need to read the lines in conjunction with the synopsis, when they take on an entirely new and relevant meaning.

      The dark, brooding words of the opening lines are a true reflection of the storyline and a main protagonist who is obviously very deeply troubled and seeking vengeance. At 3:16am, there is obviously just one thing too many going on in Beemer’s life, that finally tips him over the edge and makes this book a must read for me.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy reading people’s different perspectives about a book or post, that’s what makes it such a good way to discover that new ‘must read’ story.

      Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Gautami,

      If ‘Blood Money’ is anything like the author’s previous book, then I am in for a storyline which is going to send my reading schedule into over-drive, after the slightly more steady, sedate books I have been reading of late.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Having to ‘pigeon hole’ one’s life in such short, sharp phrases, would certainly focus the mind and make one think objectively about the truly important things, which really needed documenting. A great exercise to try one day, maybe.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a good weekend.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      A curse, or simply bad luck and ‘wrong place, wrong time’ syndrome?

      Beemer is definitely only focussing on the negative aspects of his life, so I am eager to discover if and how he manages to turn things around in the storyline, although I suspect that his middle of the night event isn’t going to help matters too much … I wonder just what it is?

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Naida,

      Intense thrillers seem to be this author’s speciality, if the last one of his books I read is anything to go by.

      Those first few lines seem to be setting the scene very nicely for what is about to follow, if the synopsis is in any way accurate.

      Beemer does appear to be on a real downer with his life right now, the jump from wetting the bed to burning the house down, is but a few short steps in his mind, so look out for the next curse is all I can say, it is sure to be something pretty spectacular!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you have had a good week and are looking forward to a restful weekend.

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