Blood And Bone moves on and picks up again with Kyle grown up 14 years later. His mother has recently died from cancer and he’s been evicted from the family home. Then, while he’s playing at a softball game (his playing prowess is the only reason he keeps his job in a bar), he thinks he sees his father in the stands. As a result, he forgets to honor a promise to his boss to fill in for a shift and ends up getting fired by one of his best friends.
Then, as if that isn’t enough, people start hunting him down, digging into an old file that was one of his father’s cases. Suddenly, many of the dark secrets Attorney Liam Byrne kept for many years start spilling out into the public eye. And some of the dangerous people looking for those secrets come calling on Kyle, expecting him to know where to find the ones that are the most harmful.
I really admire Kyle’s character. Slacker though he may be, he’s also a standup guy and a jock, a guy who doesn’t back down from trouble. He handles himself well on the physical plane while dealing with some of his father’s old enemies. Kyle’s motivation remains true, though: he just wants the chance to get to know more about his father. Painfully, he learns that everything there is to know isn’t always good.
In the background of Kyle’s journey, a terrifying killer emerges from his own personal crucible and becomes a lethal threat. Kyle has to jockey between two intelligent police detectives, the Hungarian mafia, and politicians willing to kill to keep their secrets. Before he can finish his quest, he’s joined by the most unlikeliest of partners.
Blood And Bone is entertainment at its finest. Pure adrenaline driven puzzle, a heartstring puller, and a statement about the necessity of friends and family. Maybe there are few plot holes, maybe there are few larger than life characters, but Lashner provides the best kind of suspenseful fun.