Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge, #1) by Laird Barron

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 teenage girl disappears, and Isaiah isn't one to let that slip by. And delving ...


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TitleBlood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge, #1)
Author
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction
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Reviews Blood Standard (Isaiah Coleridge, #1)

  • Dave
    1970-01-01
    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 finds himself exiled by the Outfit from Alaska to the Hudson River Valley. Talk about two wildly different neighborhoods. Isaiah Coleridge is a tough guy with a he...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    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).
  • Hollis
    1970-01-01
    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 laugh out loud dialogue, and BLOOD STANDARD probably deserves all the stars. But I felt pretty removed from the story, perhaps due to the style of writing, or perha...
  • Michael Hicks
    1970-01-01
    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. Isaiah Coleridge is a Maori/Caucasian-mixed hitter for The Outfit, a mafioso crime syndicate that has assigned him to Alaska to keep the men there from getting into too ...
  • Monnie
    1970-01-01
    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 philosophical musings of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser. And that's a good thing; otherwise, Coleridge - once a mob enforcer - wouldn't be a particularly appealing ...
  • Brandon Petry
    1970-01-01
    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 the kind of well developed hard-boiled character I love to see cinder blocks chucked at. What I mean is, when your hero is this well drawn from the start, like Isaiah...
  • M Griffin
    1970-01-01
    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 world), but I say there's nothing to worry about on that count. This still feels like Laird Barron, just a streamlined and slightly more wry or sarcastic version. Blood...
  • Tim
    1970-01-01
    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 division of the Outfit, who’s been assigned to Alaska for some time and finds himself in trouble when he interferes with an illegal hunt for walrus ivory by a made man ...
  • Victoria
    1970-01-01
    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 I read Blood Standard, he "hearted" my post, and admitted that he also saw the charming and sometimes alarming actor as the former hit man. As far as the story, I w...
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    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, great Michael Shea. Definitely on the the first great genre novels of 2018.
  • Paula
    1970-01-01
    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 welcome and accept him, and when their granddaughter goes missing Isaiah intends to find her. In the beginning it took a little work to stick with the story, but I...
  • Marvin
    1970-01-01
    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 scheme to slaughter walruses and profit from the black market in ivory. He is given a reprieve though and is sent to a farm in the East Coast near New York which c...
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    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, great Michael Shea. Definitely on the the first great genre novels of 2018.
  • Mia
    1970-01-01
    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 action sequences are sometimes restrained or understated. This is simply an observation, not a criticism. In many ways, the slowness, restraint, and subtlety are this...
  • Up All Night With Books
    1970-01-01
    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 record himself. Located in the cold, the tundra of Alaska Isaiah soon finds himself caught up in a plot that is bigger than he ever intended. Isaiah has stumbled int...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    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 essentially sets the stage for the story. Luckily, I persevered and read on and I'm quite glad I did.Isaiah Coleridge is a hitter. While doing his thing in Alaska, he stumbl...
  • Diane Hernandez
    1970-01-01
    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 his feelings toward animal cruelty get the best of him, he is abruptly tossed out of the Life. On his own and hiding in a small upstate New York commune, he looks into ...
  • Steve
    1970-01-01
    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” man. Naturally, there is hell to pay. Isaiah is sent to a farm in upstate New York where he is told to chill and wait for his next assignment. While on hiatus, a y...
  • Thomas Pluck
    1970-01-01
    a solid hardboiled crime novel with a great bad good guy. Loved it.
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    1970-01-01
    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 classic, hard-boiled noir stories. There's a lot of fast-talking quippy characters and meetings in smoky rooms. I enjoyed Isaiah as a character, he has enough heart an...
  • Alex
    1970-01-01
    Blood Standard is the answer for those of you who have been looking for more fiction that will scratch the same itch as True Detective. While there are no blood cults obsessed with the works of Robert W. Chambers, we get a similar nihilistic perspective with cosmic horror lurking at the threshold. As I have come to expect from Laird Barron, it never condescends to the reader and ratchets the tension with inexorable doom. The pacing and action are...
  • Johanna Sawyer
    1970-01-01
    Thanks for a copy to read and review. Isaiah is one impressive character and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eye catching cover and the book does follow the blurb. This is a first by this author and the blurb caught my eye so I decided to give this book a try even though it's not my normal genre read. I must say though that the book was impressive, even though I got lost a couple of times with the military jargon that I'm not familiar with. All ...
  • Heather Warner
    1970-01-01
    Okay, I am ready.....when does the next book in this series come out???!!!!! Fantastic book! Soooooo good that I couldn’t put it down! This book had an attention grabbing start that continued to the finish.....Isaiah Coleridge is one of my new favorite characters! He reminded of Jack Reacher (huge guy, smarter than most people around him, sarcastic, great fighter) in many ways and I think this new series is going to be as big or bigger than the...
  • Cynthia
    1970-01-01
    A real good, fast read.... very strong, flawed hero character...assisted by other strong/flawed hero characters! Lots of strength, muscle, violence, testosterone-type action! Some real good guys & some real bad guys...all mixing it up! I liked the use of the language/lingo of the mob/military ... Short, quick chapters make for a fast read......might've done this in 1 day! No 'rest for the wicked' in this adventure! I don't mean to make this sound...
  • Stacy
    1970-01-01
    ***I won an uncorrected proof of this book in the Goodreads giveaway program. This is my honest review. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy.***I don't typically read books about gangsters, so I would not have picked this book up had it not been a giveaway. However, I would have been missing out on a lot. Blood Standard's writing is fantastic, and the whole plot is intriguing. I kept wanting to know what would happen. It sucked me...
  • Kelsie
    1970-01-01
    I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. Loved it! I'm new to this author and was impressed. Mr. Barron introduced me to my new man crush, Isiah Coleridge. Isiah is half Maori and a modern-day warrior utilizing his skills as a mob enforcer. He’s a killer with a soft spot for animals, especially dogs, and wayward women. I was captivated from start to finish. Ple...
  • Phaedra
    1970-01-01
    Having never read a Laird Barron novel, I wasn't sure what to expect (but it sounds as this book is a stand alone in his work and takes a different turn from his normal genre), BUT.. this story was just a wonderful surprise. I don't read very much in the old school, 'hard boiled' original gangster genre. I loved finding that this was of that style, but modernized. Yes, the book is violent and disturbing. Yes, It's also quite funny. Isaiah Colerid...
  • Angela Gibson
    1970-01-01
    This was a great read. The main character is a former hit man with a heart of gold. And a soft spot for dogs.Isaiah Coleridge is an interesting character. He's an effective fighter when he's in pain, so the more Isaiah has been hurt the more dangerous he becomes. In Blood Standard Isaiah has plenty of opportunities to feel physical pain as he gets on the wrong side of mob bosses, skin heads, and law enforcement.Blood Standard is brutal and full o...
  • Beverly Wiedemann
    1970-01-01
    It was not quite what I expected from the description, so that may be influencing my rating.I found it slow in the beginning. A lot of background and I wasn't sure it was all really necessary. Also, once I got to the meat of the story there were times I felt like I was missing things or at least clarity as to what all the undercurrents were. However, the writing was generally good otherwise. The plot was well done. it was good to have some humor ...