Summer of Blood by Australian author Dave Warner is a work of fiction in the crime, mystery, and suspense subgenre.
Set in 1967, Sydney detectives John Gordon and Ray Shearer find themselves travelling to San Francisco and Los Angeles in search of a missing minister’s son, Martin Davis. His family and girlfriend had not seen him for days and were in fear of his life.
John and Ray begin their investigation and soon find themselves immersed in American hippie culture and a journey through music festivals. During their search they come across numerous deaths, gathering evidence they wonder if these murders are linked to their case, and will they find Martin dead or alive?
The author has crafted a work that cleverly intertwines crime and 1960 pop culture into the narrative, providing an intriguing and enlightening story. The characters are well-developed, and the dialogue flows seamlessly within the storyline to convey both culture and character whilst also moving the chain of events forward.
Scenes are vividly described, with quirks, and thrilling moments, filled with unexpected twists and turns. Warner’s writing is not only easy to follow but also brimming with a distinctive style that keeps readers engaged and eagerly turning the pages. Fraught with tension, drama, and suspense, delivered with highs and lows of pace to give readers moments of contemplation to piece the case together for themselves.
The characters are quirky and unforgettable, and there is a great deal of dedication to individualism in the dialogue. The author does an excellent job mixing these detective tales with enough twists and noir charm to make them relatable. The dynamic between the two main protagonists is humorous, clever, and fun and effectively draws you into their world.
Rock became such a countercultural movement in the sixties, and I loved how each chapter incorporates a song title and famous musicians’ names were mentioned throughout the book.
The cover has a real retro feel with its intense contrasting colours, pattern, and type. It is not your usual crime book cover, but it is highly effective in making the eye draw attention to the book like a psychedelic sunset.
Summer of Blood is an accomplished piece of work that offers everything the genre should for readers, making it a captivating read for those who enjoy crime fiction.
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My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.