Book review: Bloody Sheets

Allie and Will are a mixed couple. She’s white, he’s black and together they are pregnant. In a world where mixed racial marriages are (still) difficult to digest, they want to keep their kid. But problems loomed around the corner –  though Will didn’t expect the KKK so fast. They came. With a vengeance. Because, somehow, they uncovered the truth. And Will pays for it with his life.

In case you wonder: Bloody Sheets is not a who-done-it. It’s rather a search for vengeance by a father who isn’t all that nice either. When we meet Coke, he snip-snips the fingers of a poor lad before he gets a phone call from Will’s mother, telling him their son died.

Coke calls Eddie, who really doesn’t want to participate in his fight with the Ku Klux Klan, but gets charted anyway. At the same time we learn about Will, who wanted to stay away from his father at all cost as well. Dead works in mysterious ways, sometimes.

One moment Eddie asks Coke if this is truly what his son would have wanted. Coke couldn’t be there when Will was alive, but now Will died, Coke decides to stand up for his son. Coke’s answer is typical: Will has shit to say about this, since he’s dead.

That’s Coke right there. A cold curse-a-lot (though with a limited vocabulary – I had hoped for some more original swear words) who probably lived in jail most of his life. He’s not easily impressed, though he has his fair share of nightmares (which he always denies).

Coke and Eddie start their investigation in a town that didn’t see anything. So, both men give the locals a reason to remember what happened. They stir in a pot and as you expect, it overcooks. Big time.

Conclusion

It looks like a straight violence-and-curse story, without any surprises except blood and lots of dead bodies. Well, guess again. This story has its own surprise as it spins utterly out of control. The story is not for the faint of heart. You get a lot of cussing, but it fits the characters and the social background they come from. So, when the book ends… Let me put it this way: Bloody Sheets is one of those books that, in hindsight, couldn’t end in any other way.

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