Glynn, Alan. Bloodland. Picador. Feb 2012. c.352p. ISBN 978-0-312-62128-5. $16. Fiction
Unemployed journalist Jimmy Gilroy signs a contract to write the bio of a celebrity who died in a helicopter crash. Ex-head of state Larry Bolger struggles to write his memoirs. Dave Conway, a bankrupt developer, hopes for a loan to rescue a planned community. Clark Rundle, chairman of a major corporation and brother of U.S. Senator (and presidential candidate)John Rundle, arranges a mining deal with a colonel in the Congo. Billionaire Jimmy Vaughan lurks in the background. Don Ribcoff, CEO of Gideon Global, a protection service, has several bodies to hide. Oh, and what about Gianni Bonacci, a UN official who also died in the copter crash? Stay tuned; all will be revealed in a too pat, presuicide confession. VERDICT Given the sparse description of scene in this international thriller, readers unfamiliar with the term taoiseach (Irish for prime minister), The Strand, or City magazine may not realize until 140 pages in that Dublin is one of the settings. As for the plot, readers often know far more than the journalist, a risky technique that in some cases dampens and in others heightens the suspense. Still, Glynn (Winterland) successfully depicts a wide range of characters, and the themes of corporate greed and political conspiracy will resonate with some.