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"Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company in March 1998"--Title page verso.

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By the same author as the popular Harry Bosch series, this book introduces retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Terry had taken early retirement due to health reasons, but is now recovering from a heart transplant and looking forward to a newly lengthened life span. When Terry is approached by a young woman who saw an article about him in the newspaper and who is asking him to investigate the death of her sister, he refuses. His health is still too delicate. But when she informs him that his new heart came from her sister, he is unable to ignore the challenge. Gloria Torres was killed in an apparently random convenience store hold-up, that also took the life of the store's owner. The police have been unsuccessful in locating the killer. As Terry begins digging into the case, he discovers that there are ties between this case and another. That case, in turn, leads him to more clues which eventually (of course) lead him to the culprit. As with the Harry Bosch books, I thought this one was very good. Terry is probably a little too astute, or lucky, when discovering clues and leads that other investigators have missed, but that is forgivable. I am enjoying Conelly's books, and I understand that the next one A Darkness more than Night will feature both Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. There was also a mention of Mickey Haller, an attorney who also becomes a central character in Connelly's books later in the series. (It was the first Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer which made me notice Michael Connelly in the first place.) We'll need a road map soon.

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"Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company in March 1998"--Title page verso. From the #1 bestselling author of the Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer series and who " is the master of the universe in which he lives" (Huffington Post), comes the gripping novel that inspired the film starring Clint Eastwood.

When Graciella Rivers steps onto his boat, ex-FBI agent Terrell McCaleb has no idea he's about to come out of retirement. He's recuperating from a heart transplant and avoiding anything stressful. But when Graciella tells him the way her sister, Gloria, was murdered, Terry realizes he has no choice. Now the man with the new heart vows to take down a predator without a soul. For Gloria's killer shatters every rule that McCaleb ever learned in his years with the Bureau-as McCaleb gets no more second chances at life...and just one shot at the truth.

*Winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière- International Category
*Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
*Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel

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Series Title
Terry McCaleb
Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
480
Author
Michael Connelly
ISBN-13
9781478948322
Publication Date
March, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.30 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1478948329

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By the same author as ...
By the same author as the popular Harry Bosch series, this book introduces retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Terry had taken early retirement due to health reasons, but is now recovering from a heart transplant and looking forward to a newly lengthened life span. When Terry is approached by a young woman who saw an article about him in the newspaper and who is asking him to investigate the death of her sister, he refuses. His health is still too delicate. But when she informs him that his new heart came from her sister, he is unable to ignore the challenge. Gloria Torres was killed in an apparently random convenience store hold-up, that also took the life of the store's owner. The police have been unsuccessful in locating the killer. As Terry begins digging into the case, he discovers that there are ties between this case and another. That case, in turn, leads him to more clues which eventually (of course) lead him to the culprit. As with the Harry Bosch books, I thought this one was very good. Terry is probably a little too astute, or lucky, when discovering clues and leads that other investigators have missed, but that is forgivable. I am enjoying Conelly's books, and I understand that the next one A Darkness more than Night will feature both Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. There was also a mention of Mickey Haller, an attorney who also becomes a central character in Connelly's books later in the series. (It was the first Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer which made me notice Michael Connelly in the first place.) We'll need a road map soon.
Most helpful negative review
The first thing I thou...
The first thing I thought about this one, was that there's more than a hint of The Rockford Files about it. Terry McCaleb used to be in the FBI, but now lives on a boat he's slowly repairing, has had a heart transplant and has a slightly quirky mate living on a boat further along the marina. There isn't a quirky father popping round, but his father is still a presence in his life.The premis of the book is, that McCaleb has recently had a heart transplant. The donor, it seems was murdered and McCaleb gets contacted by the sister of the donor and asked to investigate her murder, as the Police seem to have drawn a blank and may, or may not, have put it to one side as merely a 'wrong place, wrong time' kind of crime. Initially reluctant, McCaleb eventually allows guilt and/or feelings for the sister and the orphaned son of his donor, to win him over and he begins to investigate using his previous experience, and not the least contacts, to slowly begin to realise that there is perhaps more to this than at first meets the eye.Whilst I got this for free - I got first dibs on the collection of a friend of my father-in-law's who died a year or so ago - I knew something of Michael Connelly before starting Blood Work. I remember reading one of his, The Poet, many years ago and whilst I couldn't remember anything of the plot, I went into reading this with a good feeling and remembering that I had enjoyed that book, which was why I chose to take this book when offered after all.Well, there's no denying it's nicely written and well-plotted and I developed some sympathy for McCaleb's investigation, reasons and methods, there's just too little happening over too long a period for it to be anything other than mildly diverting. It was only after around 250 pages that something(s) really started to happen. Now the strands will finally start coming together and making sense, I thought. But then I thought; what strands? Nothing I can think of so far that he has described often in almost pedantic detail could be worthy of being pulled together. But then, that could be a sign that instead of being overly long and a bit dull, Connelly has been unbelievably clever, pulled the wool over our eyes and is about to pull the rug out from our feet (think those two will work together)! Yes, that must be it. He's actually a genius, when I was thinking he wasn't.However, the surprise, the 'this is the who and the why' wasn't that much of a surprise. Not worthy of all the struggle and the investigation and the pages and pages of minutiae I had waded through. Not a slamming the book on the old coffee table, with a series of expletive deletes of surprise - as has happened before recently and as the wife has grown to love...As well plotted as it is, it is rather, how can I put it, emotionlessly done? Rather like putting a difficult, 10,000 piece jig-saw together, than getting swept up on a wave of emotion and logical progressions before being dropped from a great height onto the beach of realisation...erm... I felt it should have been more of a roller coaster - than a slow train - to an ending and a shocking revelation of who it was that had done it and why. Someone we'd overlooked in the course of reading? Someone we'd forgotten about or dismissed? I just thought that the final revealing and the after the event, had a little too much of the 'meh' to it.If you're a Michael Connelly fan, this wouldn't I guess, disappoint. If you're not, it probably isn't the best place to start. Good job I got it free.
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1 customers found this helpful
By the same author as ...
By the same author as the popular Harry Bosch series, this book introduces retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Terry had taken early retirement due to health reasons, but is now recovering from a heart transplant and looking forward to a newly lengthened life span. When Terry is approached by a young woman who saw an article about him in the newspaper and who is asking him to investigate the death of her sister, he refuses. His health is still too delicate. But when she informs him that his new heart came from her sister, he is unable to ignore the challenge. Gloria Torres was killed in an apparently random convenience store hold-up, that also took the life of the store's owner. The police have been unsuccessful in locating the killer. As Terry begins digging into the case, he discovers that there are ties between this case and another. That case, in turn, leads him to more clues which eventually (of course) lead him to the culprit. As with the Harry Bosch books, I thought this one was very good. Terry is probably a little too astute, or lucky, when discovering clues and leads that other investigators have missed, but that is forgivable. I am enjoying Conelly's books, and I understand that the next one A Darkness more than Night will feature both Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. There was also a mention of Mickey Haller, an attorney who also becomes a central character in Connelly's books later in the series. (It was the first Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer which made me notice Michael Connelly in the first place.) We'll need a road map soon.
Most helpful negative review
The first thing I thou...
The first thing I thought about this one, was that there's more than a hint of The Rockford Files about it. Terry McCaleb used to be in the FBI, but now lives on a boat he's slowly repairing, has had a heart transplant and has a slightly quirky mate living on a boat further along the marina. There isn't a quirky father popping round, but his father is still a presence in his life.The premis of the book is, that McCaleb has recently had a heart transplant. The donor, it seems was murdered and McCaleb gets contacted by the sister of the donor and asked to investigate her murder, as the Police seem to have drawn a blank and may, or may not, have put it to one side as merely a 'wrong place, wrong time' kind of crime. Initially reluctant, McCaleb eventually allows guilt and/or feelings for the sister and the orphaned son of his donor, to win him over and he begins to investigate using his previous experience, and not the least contacts, to slowly begin to realise that there is perhaps more to this than at first meets the eye.Whilst I got this for free - I got first dibs on the collection of a friend of my father-in-law's who died a year or so ago - I knew something of Michael Connelly before starting Blood Work. I remember reading one of his, The Poet, many years ago and whilst I couldn't remember anything of the plot, I went into reading this with a good feeling and remembering that I had enjoyed that book, which was why I chose to take this book when offered after all.Well, there's no denying it's nicely written and well-plotted and I developed some sympathy for McCaleb's investigation, reasons and methods, there's just too little happening over too long a period for it to be anything other than mildly diverting. It was only after around 250 pages that something(s) really started to happen. Now the strands will finally start coming together and making sense, I thought. But then I thought; what strands? Nothing I can think of so far that he has described often in almost pedantic detail could be worthy of being pulled together. But then, that could be a sign that instead of being overly long and a bit dull, Connelly has been unbelievably clever, pulled the wool over our eyes and is about to pull the rug out from our feet (think those two will work together)! Yes, that must be it. He's actually a genius, when I was thinking he wasn't.However, the surprise, the 'this is the who and the why' wasn't that much of a surprise. Not worthy of all the struggle and the investigation and the pages and pages of minutiae I had waded through. Not a slamming the book on the old coffee table, with a series of expletive deletes of surprise - as has happened before recently and as the wife has grown to love...As well plotted as it is, it is rather, how can I put it, emotionlessly done? Rather like putting a difficult, 10,000 piece jig-saw together, than getting swept up on a wave of emotion and logical progressions before being dropped from a great height onto the beach of realisation...erm... I felt it should have been more of a roller coaster - than a slow train - to an ending and a shocking revelation of who it was that had done it and why. Someone we'd overlooked in the course of reading? Someone we'd forgotten about or dismissed? I just thought that the final revealing and the after the event, had a little too much of the 'meh' to it.If you're a Michael Connelly fan, this wouldn't I guess, disappoint. If you're not, it probably isn't the best place to start. Good job I got it free.
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Michael Connelly again...

Michael Connelly again demonstrates his mastery of the police procedural in 'Blood Work'. Fast paced, believable characters, and an ever changing story line full of twists and turns grabs the reader and keeps his/her attention throughout. Terry McCaleb is damaged, flawed and at times vulnerable, but smart, resilient and tough-minded, willing to risk his life in his quest for justice. One thing I did learn is that he appears to have a complete disdain for burglary detectives for some reason. That hit close to home, but I was able to relate to the character and the story anyway. Connelly is always a great read and was on top of his game for Blood Work!

Blood Work by Michael...

Blood Work" by Michael Connelly is one of my all time favorite books. The plotting is excellent and the central character, retired FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is sympathetic and the story is addictive. McCaleb is enjoying retirement while living on his fishing boat. A woman approaches him and requests his help to find her sister's murderer. When he tells her he can't because of his heart transplant, she responses, yes, it is my sister's heart. It is keeping you alive and I think you'd want to find her killer. He agrees and begins a search putting pieces of an intricate puzzle together that leads to the killer. Nothing is straight forward in Connelly's novels. Along the way police receive an anonymous call and suddenly McCaleb becomes the main suspect. The evidence he was collecting is viewed as evidence of the crimes. The book starts off with a bang and continues to a strong conclusion. I also saw the movie made from the book. It had a number of surprises and was also excellent. Highly recommended!"

Solid book. Just fini...

Solid book. Just finished it up. Starting to get a feel for Connelly's tight plots. The characters were pretty good, although I found it slightly difficult to get into the book, as I didn't identify much with the main character, but the plot was interesting enough. One thing I appreciate in his books is that he leaves enough inconsequential details in there to throw off a clear guess as to what's really going on. There is misdirection that leads the more experienced mystery readers to make guesses that implicate other characters, or that might take the plot in other directions...there's a depth to the plots that are absent some other, less complicated mystery writers and I appreciate that. All in all, I appreciated the book, and how well it was written, the plot, the characters, and the interesting aspects of the story, but I didn't connect with the story in such a way that would cause it to be a better than 4 star book, but make no mistake, it was quality from start to finish.

By the same author as ...

By the same author as the popular Harry Bosch series, this book introduces retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Terry had taken early retirement due to health reasons, but is now recovering from a heart transplant and looking forward to a newly lengthened life span. When Terry is approached by a young woman who saw an article about him in the newspaper and who is asking him to investigate the death of her sister, he refuses. His health is still too delicate. But when she informs him that his new heart came from her sister, he is unable to ignore the challenge. Gloria Torres was killed in an apparently random convenience store hold-up, that also took the life of the store's owner. The police have been unsuccessful in locating the killer. As Terry begins digging into the case, he discovers that there are ties between this case and another. That case, in turn, leads him to more clues which eventually (of course) lead him to the culprit. As with the Harry Bosch books, I thought this one was very good. Terry is probably a little too astute, or lucky, when discovering clues and leads that other investigators have missed, but that is forgivable. I am enjoying Conelly's books, and I understand that the next one A Darkness more than Night will feature both Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. There was also a mention of Mickey Haller, an attorney who also becomes a central character in Connelly's books later in the series. (It was the first Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer which made me notice Michael Connelly in the first place.) We'll need a road map soon.

By the same author as ...

By the same author as the popular Harry Bosch series, this book introduces retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Terry had taken early retirement due to health reasons, but is now recovering from a heart transplant and looking forward to a newly lengthened life span. When Terry is approached by a young woman who saw an article about him in the newspaper and who is asking him to investigate the death of her sister, he refuses. His health is still too delicate. But when she informs him that his new heart came from her sister, he is unable to ignore the challenge. Gloria Torres was killed in an apparently random convenience store hold-up, that also took the life of the store's owner. The police have been unsuccessful in locating the killer. As Terry begins digging into the case, he discovers that there are ties between this case and another. That case, in turn, leads him to more clues which eventually (of course) lead him to the culprit. As with the Harry Bosch books, I thought this one was very good. Terry is probably a little too astute, or lucky, when discovering clues and leads that other investigators have missed, but that is forgivable. I am enjoying Conelly's books, and I understand that the next one A Darkness more than Night will feature both Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. There was also a mention of Mickey Haller, an attorney who also becomes a central character in Connelly's books later in the series. (It was the first Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer which made me notice Michael Connelly in the first place.) We'll need a road map soon.

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