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  • By Dominic Conlon
    Jun 30, 2014
    The JackPort Killer drops the reader in at the deep end. Downe's unique writing style has arisen from Twitter and the form has proved beneficial for his work, giving him a brutal economy with words that he fires directly with alarming precision. In the space of a few pages we are witness to a grim crime scene, a host of sharply drawn characters and a back story that begs to be unwound. In short, you cannot help but keep reading. Readers familiar with Kneel's work won't be reading this review. They will already have bought the book and welcomed the return of Kurt Lobo, the wolf-spliced detective. For the rest of you, prepare to be entertained as never before. Really. Kneel turns the crime genre upside down and inside out. He doesn't so much hitch a ride on convention, as hijacks it at gunpoint and forces it to keep driving. And boy, what a journey. Gut wrenching, grisly, and darkly funny, the story is a screenplay in all but name. It's a comic ready to be drawn. This is fine,... More > accessible, engaging writing that entertains. I loved it.< Less
  • By Claire Lucia-Wright
    Jun 29, 2014
    I have been a fan of Kneel's writing since I started following him on Twitter years ago. Every book he writes is amazing, colourful and compelling, this one is no exception. A gripping story that compels you to keep turning the pages with a great ending. I love the character Kurt Lobo, I love his matter-of-fact attitude and no nonsense personality. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. Buy it, love it!
  • By Kate Garrett
    Jun 10, 2014
    As a reader familiar with two and a half* of the previous VirulentBlurb books (*I was halfway through VirulentBlurb: Reflections when I decided to devour this fourth instalment instead), by only the second page of The JackPort Killer I had goosebumps. The smell of cinnamon and jasmine, eh? While I can’t honestly say I didn’t put it down – life gets in the way of important reading time, of course – I did read it in less than a day. The momentum from that second page hook never let up until the end of the book. Kurt Lobo is part man, part wolf – for the uninitiated, in Kneel Downe’s VirulentBlurb universe people can have their genes spliced with an animal of their choice – and all hardboiled detective. In The JackPort Killer, a ritualistic murder is committed, and personalised for Lobo. He is drawn into the pattern of subsequent murders, and also into darker corners of his own life – past, present, future or otherwise. In my opinion, The JackPort Killer would be a great way for newbies... More > to get into the Blurb universe. There are two main reasons for this: it explains just enough to get readers hooked on the world Kurt Lobo inhabits, and it tells a gripping, harrowing story in typical Kneel Downe fashion – vivid, visual, visceral, and concise. There were even moments of true tenderness, bringing me to tears, particularly those involving Lobo’s memories of his wife Katrina. Whether you’ve read any of the previous three books, or have never heard of Kneel Downe – read this. It’s at once beautiful and disturbing, and well worth your time if you’re a fan of noir, sci fi or any genre-on-the-fringe. Recommended, but not for the faint-hearted.< Less
  • By James Knight
    Jun 3, 2014
    The Jackport Killer is the latest chronicle from Kneel Downe‘s ever-expanding Virulent Blurb universe. Best described as hardboiled poetic sci-fi, it’s one of the case files of Detective Kurt Lobo, a spliced man-wolf with lots of baggage and bags of attitude. Lobo investigates a ritualistic murder and finds himself embroiled in a story that dredges up his own past. The novel is immensely entertaining. The author handles lots of potentially cumbersome exposition with a masterfully light touch, conveying in very few words the Blurb universe and some of its history, Lobo’s back story and the case in hand. Most of the paragraphs in the novel are single sentences, making James Ellroy seem prolix. Kneel writes and thinks in tweets, and here (as in his other books) the discipline of tweeting has translated into crystalline prose. Take this example, a description of a dog splice: He’s Doberman spliced and just all kinda wrongs… Kinda effeminate… Like some sorta broken ballet dancer… Precise... More > but splintered…. Lobo’s first person narration is brutal, vivid and frequently very funny; Lobo has the blackest sense of humour, and will deflate a horrific description with a sardonic quip or a wry observation. Discovering a dismembered body in his apartment, he deadpans: Judging by the splattered red on my sheets… Crotch level… Something else must be missing… I figure I won’t check my fridge… It’s the protagonist’s strong personality that fuels the narrative, just as Kneel’s personality fuels his Twitter feeds. Lobo, like Kneel, is candid, sharp, sometimes grouchy and always likeable. It makes for an exhilarating read. And you don’t need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this book; for all its trippy outlandishness (clock the references to Noonian Spheres, DeadBoxes, DreamCages), the story is rooted in our humanity and what it is to live and love. This is my favourite novel of 2014 so far.< Less
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First Edition
Kneel Downe
May 26, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.89 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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