The Killing of Bobbi Lomax


  • Title: The Killing of Bobbi Lomax
  • Author: Cal Moriarty
  • ISBN: 9780571305384
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A FINANCIAL TIMES TOP FIVE CRIME NOVEL 2015LONGLISTED FOR 2015 DEBUT CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR by the CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATIONNYON COUNTY, HALLOWEEN 1983Bobbi Lomax was the first to die, the bomb killed the prom queen on her own front lawn.Just moments later one of the nails from the city s second bomb forced its way into the brain of property investor Peter Gudsen, killA FINANCIAL TIMES TOP FIVE CRIME NOVEL 2015LONGLISTED FOR 2015 DEBUT CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR by the CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATIONNYON COUNTY, HALLOWEEN 1983Bobbi Lomax was the first to die, the bomb killed the prom queen on her own front lawn.Just moments later one of the nails from the city s second bomb forced its way into the brain of property investor Peter Gudsen, killing him almost instantly.The third bomb didn t quite kill Clark Houseman Hovering on the brink, the rare books dealer turns out to be Detectives Sinclair and Alvarez s best hope of finding out what linked these unlikely victims, and who wanted them dead and why But can they find the bomber before he kills again Set deep in the religious heartlands of America, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax follows this troubled investigation as a narrative of deceit, corruption and forgery emerges, with an unlikely hero at its heart a rare coins, books and manuscript dealer who could either be a genius or the devil.

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    1. The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a superb crime debut – multi layered, with absolutely fascinating characters, terrific descriptive prose and a really really intriguing tale. Set in “God” country in the 80’s Cal Moriarty manages to bring that time and place to vivid stunning life giving this novel a terrific atmosphere and telling a beautifully managed and addictive mystery story.This is old school storytelling set in an old school world – the detectives having to go about things the old [...]

    2. Thanks to everyone loving Bobbi Lomax! I'm currently working on Book 2, Ten of Swords, which can be read as a standalone or as a sequel that's a prequel! I can't wait to share it with you. There'll be an excerpt of it available online by the end of November 2016. I'll update the page as soon as it's available.

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, set in two time frames which come together at the end in a clever and interesting way. I found the plot intriguing and the characters believable and I always find the cast at the beginning of a book a big help. Would recommend this book to anyone.

    4. The Killing of Bobbi Lomax – Good Old Retribution The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is the debut crime thriller from new voice Cal Moriarty who has written a stunning thriller from the decade taste forgot. A trip back to 1983 does not harm this thriller but enhances it and being based in an American canyon where a particular church holds sway and the Federal Government is not welcome. This hits all the buttons if you like your thriller to include, murder, fraud, local politics, sinister church leader [...]

    5. If I were to embark on a life of crime, literary forgery would be my first choice (not that I would, but like, if I were hit on the head and some latent crimeloving brain synapses were activated). It seems cosy and satisfying, especially when combined with self-hypnosis and channeling Poe. The descriptions of the meticulously constructed forgeries were my favorite part of this book, but there is a lot more to like. The setting was interesting: a somewhat isolated town in a canyon somewhere in Am [...]

    6. It took me a while to read this one because I was listening to it as an audiobook. My first audiobook ‘read’. And what a book to start with!The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is unlike most other crime books I’ve read. It was set up around the dealing of rare coins, books and manuscripts in the religious heartlands of America so there was a lot of talk about the faith that the people were involved with, a lot of talk about the books and how they were made, the provenance of them, but it wasn’t b [...]

    7. If I tell you that I just let my dinner go cold as I didn't want to put this book down so close to the end, that gives you an idea how much I liked it. It's hard to dissect what it was I liked so much, maybe just that it's a great story well told. I'm not normally keen on books that flip back and forward in time but once I settled into it I actually enjoyed the format. I'm definitely keen to read more from Cal Moriarty. Fabulous book.

    8. 2015 is certainly turning into a very good year for first time crime novelists. The huge success of The Girl on the Train should be followed by the rather excellent The Killing of Bobbi Lomax. However, this is not a twisting turning psychological read with a strong female protagonist, it is a cleverly constructed crime/thriller with multiple layers to it.Set in America in the 1980's, a spate of bombings hits Abraham City, causing the death of Bobbi Lomax and Peter Gudsen whilst seriously injurin [...]

    9. A crime fiction debut that makes an impression. Set in the early eighties, three bombings have left Bobbi Lomax and Peter Gudeson dead, and a rare books and coins dealer, Clark Houseman, in a critical condition. Two detectives, Sinclair and Alvarez, set out to find out exactly what is going on and who is behind these atrocities.We are in small town, highly religious America. The church comes under scrutiny as it appears to be implicated during the investigation. The narrative focuses on the dete [...]

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Cal Moriarty which was set in the 1980's which meant that the detectives had no modern technology to use. The plot hits the ground running with three bombings the first kills Bobbi Lomax and the next victim is Peter Gudsen but the third isn't quite dead and has been rushed to hospital. Detective Marty Sinclair has to make sense of the three bombings but is struggling to find a common denominator. I loved the way the characters were so well described and h [...]

    11. I thoroughly enjoyed this debut from Cal Moriarty. A classic crime tale with a 'hard boiled' feel to it and dark humour throughout. Set during the eighties in the Bible Belt of America, I can only imagine the interesting research that went into this novel, and I loved the retro feel. I didn't get 'who dunnit' and now I want to re-read it - always a sign of a great book in my opinion. I'm so pleased to hear this is a series, especially that there will be a prequel, because I want to know more of [...]

    12. Thriller set in small town America (keep The Faith…)The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a brilliant debut novel by Cal Moriarty – an author of whom we will surely hear a great deal more. It is set in the fictional town of Abraham City in the Bible Belt of small town America. Great in TripFiction terms in that it really captures the atmosphere of such a place. The book is a very cleverly put together thriller with many layers. It is set in 1982 and 1983 – a time before mobile phones and the Inter [...]

    13. The Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty was published by Faber on 7 May 2015. This is Cal Moriarty's debut novel, she is the first Faber Academy author to be signed by Faber.I absolutely raced through this book. I have been tired, I have been busy at work, but I have been so caught up in the tension and thrills created in this novel, that I just could not leave it alone.This is a proper crime story, it has a really retro feel to it and that's entirely down to the era in which it is set. It's [...]

    14. Book ReviewThe Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal MoriartyThe Killing of Bobbi Lomax is one of those novels that starts with a bang, and it doesn’t take its foot of the pedal until the end. It is Halloween, 1983 in Canyon County, and the first bomb has gone of, killing former Prom Queen Bobbi Lomax on her own lawn,property developer Peter Gudsen is killed by a nail bomb, whilst a third victim Clark Houseman is seriously injured, but as he hangs in between life and death, he is the only remaining cl [...]

    15. My View:Want. Want. Want. Over reason.What a wonderful debut novel – clever, complex, multi layered; murders, scams, corruption, politics, religion and revenge and ego - this book has it all. This is a very visual narrative – the settings – small town, “religious heartlands” USA, 1980’s - no mobiles, or computers, or internet, the policing is done the old fashioned way – interviews, hard work, assessing the crime scene evidence… and listening to “experts” in their field. In t [...]

    16. I was lucky enough to be given a free copy of this book via Facebook's TBC in return for an honest review. I loved this book - read it in 2 days! Three bombs go off in Canyon County and the victims are Bobbi Lomax, Peter Gudsen and Clark Houseman. Bobbi is a Prom queen married to an older man, Peter is property investor and Clark is a dealer in rare books and coins. so what links them together? I won't spoil the story but the book jumps back and forth between the criminal investigation by Marty [...]

    17. The first thing that struck me about this book was its cover. It is beautifully plain and simple. No need for dramatic graphics here! A spate of bombings leads to a crime investigation, which despite getting off to a slow start, rapidly turned into a real page turner. Despite it being a crime novel, there are some really hilarious moments, in the dark humour I love. Clark Houseman is a brilliant character, who really kept me engaged and wanting to read more. I'm looking forward to reading the ne [...]

    18. I liked the characters, at first, I thought the pace a little slow, but toward the halfway mark I was drawn into the story, I like it when a book makes you part of it, I felt like i was there in the middle of the investigation. I began to admire the lead and got a very good idea just how hard it must be to investigate the events that the book covers (no spoilers here lol) I would definitely recommend to friends. Overall I found it a very entertaining read, a little slow to start for my taste whi [...]

    19. First off a big thanks to Cal for letting me review her book and secondly I LOVED IT! I was hooked throughout and enjoyed every minute of it. It was easy to read, contained short chapters and was very gripping. I particularly liked how each character at the end got summerised and there was no cliffhangers for a change, so thank you Cal! I would highly recommend this book to you all to read but especially for readers who enjoy a brilliant mystery and crime filled thriller.Enjoy, I did! I loved it [...]

    20. One of the best books I've read this year - perhaps in the last ten years. I've half a mind to start reading it again immediately. Great story, setting, characters and pitch perfect prose.

    21. I'm so glad I got to read this before I went on holiday! A brilliantly written book which kept me captivated the whole way through

    22. Sucked me inEnjoyed the. Book. A few awkward phrases like "we were stood" and "they are sat". Will read any more by this author.

    23. OLD TESTAMENT MEETS HILL STREET BLUESI’ve had the good fortune of reading an advance proof copy of The Killing of Bobbi Lomax (TKOBL) by Cal Moriarty.Moriarty is the latest success story from the ever increasing stable of writers to come out of Faber Academy and takes her rightful place alongside such present day notables as SJ Watson, Colette McBeth, Rachel Joyce, Laline Paull, Antonia Honeywell and soon to be released Renee Knight.I don’t believe in plot analysis, in case I give anything a [...]

    24. Intelligent deep fried crime novel, with religious cults, endearing detectives and a counterfeiting business gone wrong. Some of the best dialogue I've read in any novel. Very satisfying read.

    25. Murder, religion and revenge, Cal Moriarty’s The Killing of Bobbi Lomax has it all. A thrilling suspense novel set in early 1980’s America, the book kicks off in the heart of the action with detectives Marty and Alvarez investigating a recent bombing – just one of three that have taken place so far in their usually quiet neighbourhood – but one that has left a survivor, rare books dealer Clark Houseman.As the pair dive deeper into the mysteries surrounding the bombings, their killer’s [...]

    26. An accomplished debut which deals with forgery, faith and murder. This cleverly plotted crime thriller opens with a former prom queen found dead on her front lawn, the victim of a bomb attack. Within the next few days there's another death and another victim lies seriously injured. All this takes place in Abraham City, a predominantly religious city where the eyes and influence of the Faith are everywhere.Set in the 1980s the book has a real feel for its time period. The two lead detectives have [...]

    27. I received a free copy through First Reads, which strangely makes me possibly more critical than usual.I enjoyed reading about the Faith religious/business community with insights into document forgery. Unlike many murder/crime mysteries, this one focused more on explaining the why of the crime, not whodunnit or howdunnit. There wasn't much mystery and no twists at the end, just a gradual unfolding explanation of how it all came about. The dates in the chapter headings had to be read carefully [...]

    28. The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a retro crime novel with a tight complex plot.In 1983, a series of bombings kill two people and injure a third. The surviving victim seems to be the detectives' best hope to find out why. The race is on to stop more bombings and uncover the perpetrator.The plot focuses on religious cults and counterfeiting. Its multiple layers are gradually peeled back to reveal the underlying reasons for the bombings. Thanks to the 1980s setting, the detectives have to use old-fash [...]

    29. My review originally posted at literaryweekSet deep in the religious heartlands of America, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax follows this troubled investigation as a narrative of deceit, corruption and forgery emerges, with an unlikely hero at its heart - a rare coins, books and manuscript dealer - who could either be a genius or the devil. The book is a solid ride of thrills from the beginning, and is an impressive debut from new author Cal Moriarty. This book strikes me as the kind of book that coul [...]

    30. I fell for this book from the opening line. All of the characters were believable and engaging with Clark Houseman being my favourite, a rare book dealer who went too far.Ego, fraud, greed, secrets, religion and murder make this a definite page turner.Sometimes story lines that alternate between the past and the present can become confusing and hard to follow - it didn't happen with this book, I had no trouble following the events, everything just meshed as it should.Initially I had the thought [...]

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