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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780552161305
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99
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Blood Count




The breathtaking new race-against-the-clock thriller from the master of the triple cross

There’s no such thing as easy money. As surgeon Edward Hammond is about to find out. Thirteen years ago he performed a life saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now standing trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague. After his life was saved, his men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars.

Now Gazi’s family want more from him: in exchange for keeping Hammond’s dirty little secret, they want him to find for them the man who holds the key to all the money Gazi squirreled away before he was locked up. But Italian financier, Marco Piravani, doesn’t want to be found, not by Hammond, not by anyone. No sooner has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared again.

His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, and then to Milan to find the Italian, and then finally back to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, where he must confront the decisions he once so easily took. Only then will he be able to lay the past to rest...

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780552161305
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire in 1954. He was educated at Price’s School Fareham, and Peterhouse, Cambridge where he read History. He unsuccessfully pursued various career options, finally spending ten years as a local government officer. Frustrated with a lot of contemporary fiction, he set out to write a novel that did what he wanted more novels to do: tell a tightly constructed and densely plotted story engrossingly and satisfyingly. The result was Past Caring and when it became a success he realised that he had, in fact, always been a writer.

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Praise for Blood Count

“As always, Goddard delivers a thoughtful and fast-moving tale with well-drawn characters.”

Irish Independent

“The grubby supporting characters are vivid, the plotting is ingenious”

Sunday Times

“Robert Goddard is a very accomplished writer and this, his twenty-second novel, is as good as any I have read.”

Avanti Magazine

“Goddard's signature twists and turns, his clever plotting and the rising tension make this a page-turner thriller”

Choice

“The twists, turns and triple crosses will have you hooked ... a truly manipulative storyteller.”

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

“A penetrating examination of cause and effect ... the characters are well drawn, the action bloodthirsty and the end satisfying.”

Lincolnshire Echo


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