the unidentified body of an elderly man is found in a wooded
area of Los Angeles RAncho Park, it appears that he has succumbed
to a heart attack. But LAPD homicide detective Jessie Drake
supsects foul play. The victim, she discovers, was in vigorous
health, made friends wherever he went, and was staying as a
nonresident guest at an old age home. He was the only person
in his family to come out of the concentration caps alive, with
a scar on his forearm bearing chilling testimony to the tattooed
mumbers that once branded him. A man who survived the Holocaust
may have lost his life to a murderer--a heartwrenching irony
to Jessie, who just recently learned of her own link to the
search of the mystery that brought the old gentleman's life
to a lonely end, and driven by a personal mission on behalf
othe family she never knew, Jessie combs the records of retirmenet
homes and prods the failing memories of the residents. What
she uncovers are more mysterious deaths and a twisted plot of
treachery and greed that threatens to finish off Hitler's remaining
victims, as well as steal their long-denied wealth from the
vaults of Swiss banks.
Reviews for Blood Money
"Blood Money will
hook your heart as well as your head."
"Using the Holocaust as the backdrop of a current homicide,
Krich manages plot twists that take the story beyond the expected...and
offers a fresh and moving tale of justice and hope."
Jose Mercury News
"Krich creates a story that is realistic and chilling."
Publishers Weekly - starred review
"LAPD detective Jessica drake isn't your usual cop. She's
compassionate and sympathetic toward others, and in her third,
compelling appearance (after Angel of Death, 1994), she uses
a canny sixth sense and relentless investigatory drive to bring
her latest case to an astonishing conclusion....This is a richly
textured, gripping and, at times, deeply moving novel, enhanced
by Jessica's confrontation with her recently discovered Jewish
identity. Admirers of mystery at its most provocative will thank
the author for this book--and for bringing back one of the more
intriguing detectives in the field."
"Greed is at the heart of this well-paced, low-key
mystery, which offers plenty of twists and turns as it delivers
an eye-opening look at some harrowing history and the evil ways
men continue to exploit its victims."
"BLOOD MONEY is as deep a police procedural as can be found
on the market today...a non-stop story line...a fabulous who-done-it...historical
questions that add savory flavor."
"With Jessie Drake, Krich presents an appealing, believable
sleuth. Blood Money, as entertaining and suspenseful as it is
informative, offers interesting facts about police procedures,
retirement and nursing homes, Jewish traditions and the Holocaust."
"Krich keeps the suspense high and the characters realistic
in Blood Money."
"Ms. Krich…has been able to use her own family tragedy to
add realism and empathy to this fascinating tale."
San Diego Union-Tribune
"What you will relish are the skillfully rendered characters,
together with Jessie’s sometimes tortured voyage of self-discovery."
"A solid story with an appealing protagonist and compelling
look at one of the most horrific events in modern history…engaging
"The plot shifts constantly, each new twist keeping the
reader guessing right up until the extremely satisfying end.
There are a couple of subplots which are not solved, but this
addition of loose ends does add a sense of realism, and says
that police work does not end in neatly packaged solutions."
"A vitally important tale, a rare tapestry of story threads
woven together with a masterful control of both the mystery
and the story telling."
"A though-provoking read with an equally challenging mystery."
San Diego Jewish Press Heritage
"An exciting mystery with a sensitive human angle."