Sunday, December 12, 2010

REVIEW: Blackburn by Bradley Denton

book cover of Blackburn by Bradley Denton
Title:  Blackburn
Author:  Bradley Denton
Publish Date:  April 2007
Genre:  Adult Fiction
Page Count:  304 pages

     We follow the character Jimmy Blackburn, a serial killer who only kills people that he thinks deserves to die.  Some of his victims include an auto mechanic who rips people off, and a jerk of a boss, among many others.  You go back and forth between the present, and Jimmy’s past. Growing up with a father that terrified him and a mother much to afraid to stand up to him, the reader learns that Jimmy has only grown up to be a product of his surroundings.  Leaving home at 17 after killing a cop, Jimmy sets out to find a place in the world.

     We watch as Jimmy falls in love, only to be betrayed and how he struggles with who he has become and what he has done.  Constantly adrift through the country, never staying in one place too long, Jimmy never really finds his place.

     I found this book intriguing because of the insight that Denton attempts to give us into the mind of a serial killer. You find yourself sympathizing with this man who takes people lives.  I enjoyed this book. 

   Another quick read.  Overall, I would give this a 3 out of 5.

     Think you might want to give this book a try?  Read other reviews or order from Amazon!   Blackburn: A Novel

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