Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1)

Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1)

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 teen Isaiah Coleridge is a mob enforcer in Alaska--he's tough, seen a lot, and dished out more. But when he forcibly ends the ...

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Title:Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1)
Author:Laird Barron
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B075C3BGD5
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge #1) Reviews

  • Brandon Petry
    Apr 11, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

  • Kemper
    Jun 05, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

  • Dan Schwent
    Nov 26, 2017

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

  • Alan Baxter
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

  • Paul
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

  • Brian
    Mar 31, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

    Apparently Mr. Barron is just as good at writing detective stories as he is cosmic horror, who knew? ...

    ***.5 ...

  • Marvin
    Apr 04, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

  • Mia
    May 06, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

  • Thomas Pluck
    May 14, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

  • Joe
    Oct 07, 2017

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

  • Joe
    Oct 07, 2017

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

  • Philip Fracassi
    Jun 03, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

  • M Griffin
    Apr 01, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

  • Paula
    Apr 30, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

  • Monnie
    May 29, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

  • Michael Hicks
    May 21, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

  • Carrie
    Apr 19, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

  • Jonny Illuminati
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

    Apparently Mr. Barron is just as good at writing detective stories as he is cosmic horror, who knew? ...

  • Dean
    Jun 22, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

    Apparently Mr. Barron is just as good at writing detective stories as he is cosmic horror, who knew? ...

    ***.5 ...

    A witty and hard-hitting crime thriller! You can read my full review here... https://horrornovelreviews.com/2018/0... ...

    Isaiah Coleridge is a half-Maori mob enforcer in Alaska until he upsets the wrong people and gets exiled to upstate New York. He tries to begin a quiet new life but when a teen girl goes missing, he can't help becoming involved. This story was fast-paced and a great fit for fans of cla...

    I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Standard. I had read a lot of Thrillers and Men's Crime novels growing up and had stopped reading them because they become formulaic and predictable. This is a bit more than your average Men's Crime novel and there is also a Mystery (or two) at the heart of t...

  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    Feb 03, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

    Apparently Mr. Barron is just as good at writing detective stories as he is cosmic horror, who knew? ...

    ***.5 ...

    A witty and hard-hitting crime thriller! You can read my full review here... https://horrornovelreviews.com/2018/0... ...

    Isaiah Coleridge is a half-Maori mob enforcer in Alaska until he upsets the wrong people and gets exiled to upstate New York. He tries to begin a quiet new life but when a teen girl goes missing, he can't help becoming involved. This story was fast-paced and a great fit for fans of cla...

  • Hollis
    May 16, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

  • Tim
    May 23, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

  • Diane Hernandez
    May 28, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

  • Steve
    May 19, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

  • Paula
    Apr 17, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

    Apparently Mr. Barron is just as good at writing detective stories as he is cosmic horror, who knew? ...

    ***.5 ...

    A witty and hard-hitting crime thriller! You can read my full review here... https://horrornovelreviews.com/2018/0... ...

  • Joseph
    Jun 02, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for a digital ARC of this book to review! Noir fiction isn't a genre that I usually read so I went into this book not really sure what to expect. Truth be told, I almost fled the scene after reading a quite disturbing animal cruelty sequence that essen...

    Blood Standard is a beautifully written slow-moving hardboiled noir. Isaiah Coleridge is an enforcer with the Chicago mob. Since he is Maori, he can never be truly part of the Family. When he falls out of favor, he is sent to Nome Alaska, the ?Mafia penal colony?. After letting ...

    Blood Standard is my kind of book. Start with a mob hitman in Alaska and proceed with care. Our hero, Isaiah Coleridge has principles. When he witnesses mob colleagues slaughtering helpless wildlife for sport, he takes matters into his own hands. Not the best idea, hurting a ?made?...

    This was my most anticipated book of the year so I was nervous when it finally arrived. I?m pleased to say it?s absolutely superb. I?ve long been a fan of noir, crime, cult-of-the-hardman thrillers, and their ilk, and this is a great development of that style, with powerful chara...

    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it. ...

    Apparently Mr. Barron is just as good at writing detective stories as he is cosmic horror, who knew? ...

    ***.5 ...

    A witty and hard-hitting crime thriller! You can read my full review here... https://horrornovelreviews.com/2018/0... ...

    Isaiah Coleridge is a half-Maori mob enforcer in Alaska until he upsets the wrong people and gets exiled to upstate New York. He tries to begin a quiet new life but when a teen girl goes missing, he can't help becoming involved. This story was fast-paced and a great fit for fans of cla...

    I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Standard. I had read a lot of Thrillers and Men's Crime novels growing up and had stopped reading them because they become formulaic and predictable. This is a bit more than your average Men's Crime novel and there is also a Mystery (or two) at the heart of t...

    With all these five star ratings I feel out of place giving ?Blood Standard? three stars, but I found the writing uneven (not bad, but shifting tones) and too many events that seemed forced into the story (and some that just don?t make sense) to accommodate something that happens...

  • Victoria
    Mar 17, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

  • Michelle
    Jun 05, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

  • Dave
    Apr 09, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

  • Up All Night With Books
    May 01, 2018

    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 Zealand) mobbed-up enforcer at odds with his ex-military father (who killed his mother) and...

    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 farm disappears and Isaiah means to find her, stirring up a hornet's nest of gang memb...

    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 enforcer who has been working this frozen turf for a while, but he gets in big troubl...

    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 cackling wildly as he wrote parts of this book). ...

    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 simultaneously (and most entertainingly) filling out the character of Isaiah Coleridge, a ma...

    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 Coleridge, has the chutzpah of a Raymond Chandler private eye combined with the philo...

    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 a Jason Statham-style movie, violence, gangs, politics, dirty cops, and occasionally ...

    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 south, and mother is a Maori from New Zealand, and is an enforcer for the Chicago di...

    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 just want that second book in the series. Isaiah Coleridge is a great protagonist and ...

    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 rough dudes and the seedy underbelly have always comprised the greater part of his worl...

    Blood Standard might be one of the best crime thrillers I've read in recent years, and while I'd put Isaiah Coleridge in the vein of a Jack Reacher-like protagonist, Laird Barron produces a work of violent noir that wins on its own merits and kept me hooked the whole way through. I...

    Laird Barron's writing is my new latest obsession. Needless to say, I was highly entertained by his protagonist, Isaiah Coleridge, although I could not shake the vision of Jason Momoa, which was a pleasant thought. When I told Laird (on Facebook) that Momoa could not be "unseen" while ...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    3.5 stars "I was Oppenheimer's dread in microcosm, a miniature atom bomb. A destroyer of small things. Not worlds, nothing so grand, but individual bodies, individual lives. In little more than a week I'd crossed purposes with mercenaries, gangsters, white supremacists, hillbilly m...

    Blood Standard is the first book I?ve read by Laird Barron so I wasn?t sure what to expect. Isaiah Coleridge is a ?retired? mob enforcer who has basically been put out to pasture. He has been put into exile and is doing chores on a farm for an old couple. In their own way, they...

    Isaiah Coleridge is muscle for the mob. He is half Maori, very big, and amazingly intelligent for a man whose job it is to hurt people. He lived most of his life in Alaska working for the Anchorage branch of the Mafia but has recently barely escaped execution after foiling a made man's...

    Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard is a a great, dark take on the Raymond Chandler/Robert B. Parker school of "tarnished knights." Though it's not a horror novel like Barron's previous books, it does have at least one pretty horrific moment and a nice shout out to the late, grea...

    I have no idea how I neglected to read a Lavie Tidhar work until now. Having now read this one, I'm sure it won't be my last. Perhaps I'm meant to start with his noir fiction. Blood Standard is not long yet is somewhat of a slow read--a gradual build-up with subtle nuances, even the ac...

    In Laird Barron's crime novel Blood Standard, its a world of violence and crime where no one can ever believe that they?re safe until they?ve gotten out. Isaiah Coleridge is a badass by definition. He has seen the worst that people can do and does not exactly have a squeaky-clean r...