Independant Review for Blood Loss
Alex Barclay has to be the best-looking thriller writer in Ireland . . . and possibly anywhere else for that matter. She also happens to be one of the best. She will be able to star in her own movies when they start turning her bestselling books into films.
Born in Dublin in 1974, Alex Barclay studied journalism and had a successful career in fashion writing before turning to copywriting. But she always knew she wanted to do “real” writing and gave up her job in advertising in 2003 to write a book.
Two years later, in 2005, Darkhouse was published. A gripping, if grim and violent, tale about unspeakable serial killers, it was set mostly in the USA. At the more extreme end of the noir crime novel scale and about ultra violent serial killers, Darkhouse shot to the top of the best sellers list on both sides of the Atlantic, establishing Barclay as a crime novelist to watch.
Her follow-up, The Caller, was set in the southwest of Ireland and also featured Darkhouse hero NYPD Joe Lucchesi. It, too, climbed high in the sales charts internationally and copper-fastened Barclay’s reputation in the top echelon of Irish crime writers.
Then came a total sea change. Despite the success of her Joe Lucchesi novels, Barclay decided to park him, and for her third thriller, Blood Runs Cold, created a completely new central character, Denver FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce. In that book, Bryce investigates the violent death of a colleague whose body is found near the beautiful Colorado town of Breckenridge.
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