One Drop of Blood : Dr. Kel McKelvey

  • by Thomas Holland
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • Series: Dr. Kel McKelvey
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the director of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii (CILHI), Robert Dean "Kel" McKelvey has made a career solving some of the country's most complex identification cases. Though fast approaching emotional meltdown, Kel now faces his thorniest case yet: the recovery of Jimmie Carl Trimble, a soldier from Arkansas who died a hero's death in Vietnam 40 years ago. When a rare DNA sequence turns up at both the Army and FBI labs, it points to the unthinkable: a link between Trimble and a 40-year-old, unsolved racial killing in the Arkansas delta. Partnered uneasily with the volatile FBI Special Agent Michael Levine, Kel must peel back decades of silence to reveal a complex web of stolen identity, betrayal, patriotism, collusion, and lies.
Taking listeners deep inside the fascinating world of military and civilian forensic science, One Drop of Blood is a pitch-perfect thriller by a talented new author who knows the terrain better than anyone.
One of the most respected forensic anthropologists in the world, author Thomas Holland is the real Scientific Director of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii (CILHI), the agency responsible for the recovery and identification of all U.S. war dead.

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What the Critics Say

"Forensic investigators don't get more real than Thomas Holland." One Drop of Blood is the first thriller in an exciting new series that looks at cold cases with lightning heat and speed....Fascinating. (Linda Fairstein)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Pretty good for what it was...

Here in Atlanta we definitely say y'all (never spelled "ya'll") for a single person. Plural is more likely "all y'all". Anyway, I had no problem with the author's dialectical peccadilloes, but the reader definitely took a heap o' getting used to.

Once I resigned myself to the narrator's thin voice and occasional pronuncial missteps, his absurd attempts at feminine voices and over-the-top characterizations, I was actually able to enjoy much of the story. I found a lot of unexpected humor buried in the dialogue, and the delicate and specific science of DNA analysis was articulated very well. The book probably deserves another star *for the genre* but its overall appeal is limited, and it is not for the impatient listener.
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- Barbara

Adult Men Bickering

The plot for this book is very good. However, the two heroes' constant bickering, threatening and posturing got old fast. By the end of the book, I would not have regretted the two of them being eliminated by the "bad" guys. The reader's gravelly voice was a bit annoying, as was the on-again off-again Southern accent.
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- Pat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio