It is occasionally difficult to categorize or pigeonhole the work of Joseph Koenig. While as a general rule he fits comfortably into the hard-boiled crime classification, much of his output blurs the lines between genres. This is perhaps especially true with BRIDES OF BLOOD.
While the title is somewhat reminiscent of, say, a William Castle horror film, its subject matter is much deeper and arguably even darker than that. The lion’s share of BRIDES OF BLOOD occurs around 1989, approximately one decade after the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The narrative centers on Darius Bakhtiar, an unfortunate homicide