Review: Bloodland, by Alan Gynn


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Faber & Faber Crime, 2011. Kindle edition. ASIN: B005GDZJ7U. 649 KB. IBSN: 978-0.27543-4.

After a few short scenes, seemingly unrelated, several stories begin to take shape. In Congo, a convoy of three SUVs of a private military company (PMC) has reached the edge of a village when something seems to be happening and the convoy makes a halt. In Dublin, an unemployed journalist, Jimmy Gilroy has begun to work on the biography of Susie Monaghan, a tabloid celebrity, who died in a helicopter crash three years ago. A former Taoiseach, Larry Bolger, is desperately seeking a new post, but few people will return his calls. And a real state developer, Dave Conway, is on the brink of bankruptcy. Meanwhile in New York, the Rundle brothers, sons of the legendary Henry C. Rundle, have embarked on successful career paths. John Rundle is the politician and has his sights set on the White House, while Clark Rundle is the businessman and he’s determined to turn their privately held company into a mining and engineering giant with interests worldwide. The different stories will gradually converge at the end.

Bloodland is a conspiracy thriller, nicely written, with different story lines. What’s most interesting, in my view, is to find out the relationship between those apparently unrelated plots and the skill with which Alan Glynn overcomes this challenge. The reader is then caught in a web of intrigues which makes it difficult to put the book down. The ending is quite satisfactory and nicely resolved. Alan Glynn, known to me from his previous book Winterland, 2009 (my review is HERE), has confirmed himself as a very solid writer who’s worth following. I’m looking forward to his third book in the so called Loose trilogy, Graveland, 2013. The first two books can be read independently, since they are only related by one of the characters.

My rating: 4/5.

Bloodland has been reviewed by Maxine at Petrona, Rob at The View from the Blue House, Terry Halligan at Euro Crime, Gerard Brennan at Crime Scene NI, by Yvonne Klein at Reviewing the Evidence, Glenn at International Noir Fiction, John Sheridan at The Mystery Bookshelf, Mike Stafford at Bookgeeks, Ali Karim at Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine, MarinaSofia at Crime Fiction Lover, and Declan Burke at Crime Always Pays, among others.

Bloodland won the 2011 Irish Book Award Crime Fiction Category

 


Tierra de Sangre de Alan Glynn

Después de algunas escenas cortas, sin relación aparente, varias historias comienzan a tomar forma. En el Congo, un convoy de tres SUVs de una empresa militar privada (PMC) ha alcanzado el borde de un pueblo cuando algo parece estar ocurriendo y el convoy se detiene. En Dublín, un periodista desempleado, Jimmy Gilroy ha comenzado a trabajar en la biografía de Susie Monaghan, una celebridad de la prensa del corazón, que murió en un accidente de helicóptero hace tres años. Un ex-Taoiseach, Larry Bolger, busca desesperadamente un nuevo puesto, pero poca gente le devuelve sus llamadas. Y un promotor inmobiliario, Dave Conway, se encuentra al borde de la quiebra. Mientras tanto, en Nueva York, los hermanos Rundle, hijos del legendario Henry C. Rundle, están embarcados en sendas carreras de éxito. John Rundle es el político y tiene la vista puesta en la Casa Blanca, Clark Rundle es el hombre de negocios y está decidido a convertir su empresa privada en un gigante de la minería y la ingeniería con intereses en todo el mundo. Las diferentes historias poco a poco convergen al final.

Bloodland es un thriller que narra una conspiración, muy bien escrito, con diferentes líneas argumentales. Lo más interesante es, en mi opinión, es descubrir la relación entre tramas aparentemente no relacionadas y la habilidad con la que Alan Glynn supera este reto. El lector se encuentre atrapado en una red de intrigas que le hace difícil dejar el libro. El final es muy satisfactorio y está muy bien resuelto. Alan Glynn, a quien conozco desde su libro anterior, Winterland, 2009 (mi resaña está AQUÍ), se ha confirmado como un escritor muy sólido que es digno de seguir. Estoy esperando la publicación de su tercer libro de la llamada Trilogía Loose, Graveland, 2013. Los dos primeros libros se pueden leer de forma independiente, puesto que sólo están relacionados por uno de los personajes.

Mi valoración: 4/5.

Bloodland ganó el Premio al mejor libro irlandés en la categoría de Novela Negra en el 2011.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Bloodland, by Alan Gynn

  1. José Ignacio – Oh, I’m glad you liked this one. I think that one of Gylnn’s talents is the way he draws together seemingly unrelated plot threads without losing any of them. And without confusing the reader either.

  2. I really liked this book too, Jose Ignacio, and I don’t usually read conspiracy thrillers. I’ll have to catch up with Winterland.

  3. I’ve had this one for a while but not found the time to read it. I shall have to get a move on before the third one is available. you’ve made a good case for it

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