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Bloodstained Kings

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Bloodstained Kings

Current Status:
In Season
Tim Willocks

We gave it an A-

Bloodstained Kings is the story of Lenna Parillaud, a terrifically rich businesswoman who lives with a terrible secret; Eugene Grimes, a doctor recently in the throes of a full-fledged psychotic breakdown; and Clarence Jefferson, the ex-lawman who brings them together. It’s an age-old tale of sexual jealousy, greed, and revenge made new by rich characterizations, fast-paced narration, and some really twisted twists. (Suffice it to say that maggots, beheadings, steel cages, lovely young mulatto singers, crazed husbands, and two suitcases full of blackmail-worthy information feature prominently.) There are some bothersome plot holes, and parts of the story are pretentious, but these are minor quibbles with what is essentially a great roller coaster of a Southern gothic. A-