Blood Standard

Blood Standard

Isaiah Coleridge is a mob enforcer in Alaska--he's tough, seen a lot, and dished out more. But when he forcibly ends the moneymaking scheme of a made man, he gets in the kind of trouble that can lead to a bullet behind the ear. Saved by the grace of his boss and exiled to upstate New York, Isaiah begins a new life, a quiet life without gunshots or explosions. Except a teenage girl disappears, and Isaiah isn't one to let that slip by. And delving into the underworld to track this missing girl will get him exactly the kind of notice he was warned to avoid.

Title:Blood Standard
Edition Language:English
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About Laird Barron

Laird Barron, an expat Alaskan, is the author of several books, including The Imago Sequence and Other Stories; Swift to Chase; and Blood Standard. Currently, Barron lives in the Rondout Valley of New York State and is at work on tales about the evil that men do.


    Blood Standard Reviews

  • Dave

    Laird Barron's "Blood Standard" is a top-notch crime fiction story that has a great narrative voice even from the beginning. Take a half-Maori (a Polynesian ethnic group who is indigenous to New Zeala...

  • Dan Schwent

    When he sees his fellow gangsters killing walruses for fun, Isaiah Coleridge chops one of them in the throat and winds up exiled to a work farm in upstate New York. A teenage girl also staying at the ...

  • Kemper

    I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.Apparently the American mob is just like Starbucks in that they’ve got franchises everywhere, including Alaska.Isaiah Coleridge is an enforce...

  • Paul

    I'm on team Coleridge. Until he punches me in the ribs (I'm kind of delicate). Brimming with memorable characters, action, nastiness, and well, fun (that's my kind of fun, and I imagined Laird cacklin...

  • Philip Fracassi

    BLOOD STANDARD is an outstanding crime novel immersed with style, wit, and pages filled with a tipped-over-barrel of violence. Barron succeeds in telling a compelling page-turning mystery while simult...

  • Monnie

    Whatever else I think about this book - the first in the crime-thriller category by this author - I cannot deny his way with words. Even when the going takes gruesome turns, the main character, Isaiah...

  • Hollis

    The concept of this mob-enforcer turned fixer pseudo detective novel is fascinating. Throw in a diverse lead (half Maori, but 100% badass) who has a weakness for dogs, action the like you would see in...

  • Tim

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.BLOOD STANDARD by Laird Barron is about Isaiah Coleridge, who’s father is a descendant from coal miners down so...

  • Brandon Petry

    Time to get fucking excited people! This was an excellent read. I read it in one sitting and only wish I could read it again for the first time. My ridiculously high expectations were met and now I ju...

  • M Griffin

    Laird Barron is one of my favorite writers, and I always snap up every new thing he publishes. Some Barron fans might be nervous, seeing him shift genre focus a bit (though crime lords and gangs and r...