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Better the Blood

af Michael Bennett

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An absorbing, clever debut thriller that speaks to the longstanding injustices faced by New Zealand's indigenous peoples, by an acclaimed Māori screenwriter and director

A tenacious Māori detective, Hana Westerman juggles single motherhood, endemic prejudice, and the pressures of her career in Auckland CIB. Led to a crime scene by a mysterious video, she discovers a man ritualistically hanging in a secret room and a puzzling inward-curving inscription. Delving into the investigation after a second, apparently unrelated, death, she uncovers a chilling connection to an historic crime: 160 years before, during the brutal and bloody British colonization of New Zealand, a troop of colonial soldiers unjustly executed a Māori Chief.

Hana realizes that the murders are utu??the Māori tradition of rebalancing for the crime committed eight generations ago. There were six soldiers in the British troop, and since descendants of two of the soldiers have been killed, four more potential murders remain. Hana is thus hunting New Zealand's first serial killer.

The pursuit soon becomes frighteningly personal, recalling the painful event, two decades before, when Hana, then a new cop, was part of a police team sent to end by force a land rights occupation by indigenous peoples on the same ancestral mountain where the Chief was killed, calling once more into question her loyalty to her roots. Worse still, a genealogical link to the British soldiers brings the case terrifyingly close to Hana's own family. Twisty and thought-provoking, Better the Blood is the debut of a remarkable new talent in crime fi… (mere)

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3 stars for the thriller. I knew from the prologue what the plot would be.
5 stars for the way Maori heritage was written. From the cruel, bloody colonial era to the unfair, complex struggles 21st century Maori have to live with, the entire book was filled with what this means for the people involved.
There is no black and white, only the painful reality that Maori people still struggle. Hana is not a truly sympathetic main character and the killer is not a cold-blooded monster. Everyone deals with this differently, from Hana to the killer, and the shared heritage caused different life decisions in different people. ( )
  MYvos | Oct 14, 2023 |
I really loved this book, even though it made me cry (a lot). It would make a great movie as well. ( )
  Smith.erin71 | Oct 3, 2023 |
Just returned from New Zealand where I bought this book. Loved learning about Maori culture and seeing how it is integrated into this country, Aotearao! This book is a fantastic find for combination Detective Thriller and education on the New Zealand Culture today resulting from past Colonial conquest and rule. In some ways they seem more progressive in integrating the Native people with the European invaders than America, but this book helps the outsider understand for the Maori it is not perfect by any means. Well written and continually intriguing this novel is a stand alone great read! ( )
  ZachMontana | Aug 17, 2023 |
This is a pacy crime thriller that doesn't let up. Set in contemporary Auckland Detective Senior Sargeant Hana Westerman is on the trail of a serial killer. There appears to be no connection between the victims and then the connection is revealed. It relates to the historic murder of a Maori warrior in the 1860's. A modern day descendant is seeking 'utu' meaning revenge or balance. There are more victims to come and the race is on to prevent more deaths.
DSS Westerman soon realises their is a personal connection to the perpetrator, her beloved daughter and ex-husband.
My only reservation is that I felt, at times, that I was being brow beaten as New Zealander of European descent. The ending showed more balance however. ( )
  HelenBaker | Mar 27, 2023 |
Interesting setting and characters. Readers will probably learn something about the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, the injustices they suffered in the past and the systemic racism that keeps them at a disadvantage in the present. The story is well-plotted and puts an ethical twist on the serial killer trope. Assuming this is the launch of a series character, the author has set up a good launch pad for a character who can explore the gray areas of being a female Maori police officer in further books. ( )
  bookappeal | Mar 11, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. HTML:

An absorbing, clever debut thriller that speaks to the longstanding injustices faced by New Zealand's indigenous peoples, by an acclaimed Māori screenwriter and director

A tenacious Māori detective, Hana Westerman juggles single motherhood, endemic prejudice, and the pressures of her career in Auckland CIB. Led to a crime scene by a mysterious video, she discovers a man ritualistically hanging in a secret room and a puzzling inward-curving inscription. Delving into the investigation after a second, apparently unrelated, death, she uncovers a chilling connection to an historic crime: 160 years before, during the brutal and bloody British colonization of New Zealand, a troop of colonial soldiers unjustly executed a Māori Chief.

Hana realizes that the murders are utu??the Māori tradition of rebalancing for the crime committed eight generations ago. There were six soldiers in the British troop, and since descendants of two of the soldiers have been killed, four more potential murders remain. Hana is thus hunting New Zealand's first serial killer.

The pursuit soon becomes frighteningly personal, recalling the painful event, two decades before, when Hana, then a new cop, was part of a police team sent to end by force a land rights occupation by indigenous peoples on the same ancestral mountain where the Chief was killed, calling once more into question her loyalty to her roots. Worse still, a genealogical link to the British soldiers brings the case terrifyingly close to Hana's own family. Twisty and thought-provoking, Better the Blood is the debut of a remarkable new talent in crime fi

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