There’s no such thing as easy money. As surgeon Edward Hammond is about to find out. Thirteen years ago he performed a life saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now standing trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague. After his life was saved, his men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars.
Now Gazi’s family want more from him: in exchange for keeping Hammond’s dirty little secret, they want him to find for them the man who holds the key to all the money Gazi squirreled away before he was locked up. But Italian financier, Marco Piravani, doesn’t want to be found, not by Hammond, not by anyone. No sooner has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared again.
His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, and then to Milan to find the Italian, and then finally back to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, where he must confront the decisions he once so easily took. Only then will he be able to lay the past to rest...
‘As always, Goddard delivers a thoughtful and fast-moving tale with well-drawn characters.’
- Irish Independent
‘The grubby supporting characters are vivid, the plotting is ingenious’
- Sunday Times
‘Robert Goddard is a very accomplished writer and this, his twenty-second novel, is as good as any I have read.’
- Avanti Magazine
‘Goddard's signature twists and turns, his clever plotting and the rising tension make this a page-turner thriller’
‘The twists, turns and triple crosses will have you hooked ... a truly manipulative storyteller.’
- Peterborough Evening Telegraph
‘A penetrating examination of cause and effect ... the characters are well drawn, the action bloodthirsty and the end
- Lincolnshire Echo
'Very well thought out and delivered, the novel is an example of masterful thriller writing from a seasoned professional. One not to miss.'
- Milo Rambles Blog
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' Goddard’s latest creation will, I’m sure, find itself as one of the great must-reads in the author’s collection. His story telling just keeps getting better and better.'
- Ian Logan
'Blood Count is not a play-on-words for a Dracula story; it is an eclectic mix, a well considered and skilfully put together list of fine ingredients expertly blended by the penmanship of Mr. Goddard.'
- Leah Jones
'Blood Count is one of Robert Goddard's best novels. It's fast-paced and totally engrossing with a fabulous cast of characters who keep you guessing right until the last page. I really empathised with the situation in which Edward Hammond finds himself, with the evil shadow of Dragon Gazi hanging over him. I'm always enthralled by Goddard's characters but I wouldn't want to be one!'
- Victoria Connelly
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