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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kalla Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627832
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Ben Dafoe, a young emergency-room doctor and part-time crime-scene consultant for the Seattle police department, is haunted by addiction. Two years earlier, a cocaine habit claimed the life of his identical twin, Aaron. Now Ben walks onto the scene of a savage stabbing to learn that the victim, Emily Kenmore, is his former fiancée—another loved one who fell prey to addiction. Among the carnage in Emily’s bedroom is a streak of blood on the wall that belongs to the killer. When the DNA from that sample matches Ben’s blood, he becomes the prime suspect.

Convinced that his identical twin is alive and somehow involved in Emily’s death, Ben frantically hunts for his brother Aaron while trying to evade American and Canadian authorities. But someone is desperate to thwart him. A Seattle mob boss, a dirty cop, and a smooth lawyer are only some of the people Ben has to navigate. While Ben struggles to solve a tragic mystery from his past to clear his name in a crime of the present, he learns that sometimes blood lies.

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  • “Kalla and Heald make a winning pair…Heald’s most impressive quality is the cool edge he gives his voice to differentiate between all the characters…Thriller fans are in for a smart, fast-moving and surprising ride.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Anthony Heald moves the story along with a performance that captures the tension of the work. Heald has the tough job of making his hero, Dr. Ben Dafoe, seem as mystified as the listener. Yet Dafoe is clearly keeping something from the police and the listener. This is an interesting look into a world in which right and wrong are not so easily distinguished.”

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  • Winner of the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Little Fish | 1/28/2014

    " A real Doctor witing Medical Mysteries is really great. I thought this book was fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/24/2014

    " i'm listening to this on my Ipod and it has been very good. This is my first book by him and will look for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettyann | 1/10/2014

    " Nice combination of mystery and forensics. Takes place in Seattle and Vancouver and describes places I recognized. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting enough but not quite a favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/7/2014

    " So this was the first book that I've ever read from this author. I loved the fact that the main character spent some time in Vancouver Canada as well as in the States. I just finished reading a book that was a little bit hard to get in to and after that, this book was great. I ended up reading it in less than a week. The book keeps you interested the whole way through. I didn't guess who it was until close to the end. That's a big thing for me now since I've read so many crime novels and the problem seems to be that I can guess who did it before the book ends. This one was harder. I'm looking forward to reading books by this author again in the future. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story and a great read!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Komal | 1/5/2014

    " Ehh.. got it cheap off a book fair. Wonder why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/5/2014

    " This is the first book I've read of Daniel Kalla and the book was excellent. Murder mystery about a young physician and his twin brother - family. Great drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sinder | 1/3/2014

    " It took me FOREVER to read this book. I liked Daniel's work in Rage Therapy, but this book seemed to drag on, until the last 5 chapters, when it got full of action, and then made a unexpected twist. All in all, I didn't really enjoy this book ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/8/2013

    " not a bad crime story. Lots of DNA type evidence and a few decently played out plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefan | 10/29/2013

    " I previously had not been impressed by Daniel Kalla but, 'Blood Lies' was surprisingly good. The first-person perspective and carefully crafted plot kept the tension high. It was also interesting to read a novel that featured the settings of Vancouver and Seattle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss | 10/24/2013

    " I debated for a long time whether to give this a 2 or a 3 rating which would mean that I liked it. It wasn't bad but the plot wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/20/2013

    " I bought this in mexico when I ran out of books. Let's just say there were few choices in English... but it was a fine enough beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri Crowe | 8/5/2013

    " Overall, I found this novel to be quite intriguing. There were several cliffhangers and it kept my attention. Throughout the whole book, I tried to figure out who the criminal was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/13/2013

    " This was a good murder mystery that kept me guessing who was the culprit all the way to the end. Quick read that was interesting and educated me in the ways in which 'blood lies'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashly Garberick | 7/5/2013

    " i am a sucker for medical murder mysteries... i found this one integrating, enough plot twists to keep me guessing how it was going to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/30/2013

    " Excellent! Great plot twists. Looking forward to reading more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 4/16/2013

    " Just the kind of book I like: a fast-paced novel with a "medical" twist. Kept me guessing the whole way through, and although I thought I had it figured out, it turned out that I didn't. That's just the way it should be! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricardo | 3/12/2013

    " This is probably the worst book that I've read by Kalla so far. I barely managed to make it to the part where the main character goes on the run and then I completely lost interest. Very disappointed, hope the next one is better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/19/2012

    " This book kept me guessing almost all the way to the end. If you enjoy Michael Palmer books, you will love this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 7/15/2012

    " A Canadian Author! Great story! The first half of the book takes place in Seattle the second half in Vancouver. As good as any book I have read in this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 3/14/2012

    " Pretty good thriller, especially if you are from the Northwest where it's set (Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 10/30/2011

    " Could not put this down, read in three days "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/12/2011

    " Not as good as his other novels, but definitely a good read with a good twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2010

    " This book was OK. The flashbacks were a little disconcerting and I was able to predict the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri | 9/9/2010

    " Overall, I found this novel to be quite intriguing. There were several cliffhangers and it kept my attention. Throughout the whole book, I tried to figure out who the criminal was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefan | 4/19/2010

    " I previously had not been impressed by Daniel Kalla but, 'Blood Lies' was surprisingly good. The first-person perspective and carefully crafted plot kept the tension high. It was also interesting to read a novel that featured the settings of Vancouver and Seattle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss | 9/27/2009

    " I debated for a long time whether to give this a 2 or a 3 rating which would mean that I liked it. It wasn't bad but the plot wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/10/2009

    " not a bad crime story. Lots of DNA type evidence and a few decently played out plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 7/4/2009

    " Just the kind of book I like: a fast-paced novel with a "medical" twist. Kept me guessing the whole way through, and although I thought I had it figured out, it turned out that I didn't. That's just the way it should be! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Little | 7/3/2009

    " A real Doctor witing Medical Mysteries is really great. I thought this book was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 4/24/2009

    " Pretty good thriller, especially if you are from the Northwest where it's set (Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/21/2009

    " i'm listening to this on my Ipod and it has been very good. This is my first book by him and will look for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/2/2008

    " This was a good murder mystery that kept me guessing who was the culprit all the way to the end. Quick read that was interesting and educated me in the ways in which 'blood lies'. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Kalla

Daniel Kalla is an emergency-room physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Blood Lies is his fourth novel.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.