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Blood Work by Michael Connelly

Blood Work (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Blood Work
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Grand Central Publishing (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
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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!” ( )
  mikedraper | Oct 28, 2015 |
I have been enjoying the Mickey Haller series, and decided to see what Mr. Connelly’s other books were like. In this book he introduces a new character in Terry McCaleb, an FBI agent forced into retirement due to a heart ailment. Terry is trying to live the quiet life to let his body adjust to the new heart he received in a transplant. That all changes when Graciela Rivers tracks him down and asks him to investigate her sister’s “accidental” death. McCaleb refuses, until he learns its her sisters heart now beating in his own chest.

The basic premise for this book … finding out whose heart has been received and feeling an obligation is not a new story line … its been done many times before. How could it not? However, aside from drawing McCaleb into the investigation, its not the major focus of the story and I could appreciate that. It’s a good suspense thriller with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting to the end. I like Mr. Connelly’s characters because they are not perfect. A personal flaw every now and then makes them a little more real
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Good book, but the ending ruined it somewhat. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
Really liked this book! (Terry McCaleb Series). I missed the movie with Clint Eastwood (my favorite actor), so plan on viewing it as well! 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, it leaves Terry 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. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Good Connelly book...a classic whodunit where the cops/FBI begin to investigate the detective. Interesting premise -- detective sleuth's his heart donor's suspicious death. I like the imagination. This is book one of several; think I'll continue. ( )
  buffalogr | Aug 8, 2014 |
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Forced into early retirement, former FBI investigator for Los Angeles Terrell McCaleb spends his time restoring his fishing boat. When an intriguing murder is committed, McCaleb agrees to take up the case and finds himself on the trail of a grisly killer.
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Michael Connelly has been attracting fans by the droves with his hard-boiled, edgy thrillers. A former crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Connelly combines a poet's ear for language with a deep understanding of the criminal mind to create dark, dramatic stories that raise the thriller genre to a new level.

In Blood Work, Connelly introduces a new character, Terry McCaleb, who was a top man at the FBI until a heart ailment forced his early retirement. Now he lives a quiet life, nursing his new heart and restoring the boat on which he lives in Los Angeles Harbor. Although he isn't looking for any excitement, when Graciela Rivers asks him to investigate her sister Gloria's death, her story hooks him immediately: the new heart beating in McCaleb's chest is Gloria's.

As McCaleb investigates the evidence in the case, the suspected randomness of the crime gives way to an unsettling suspicion of a twisted intelligence behind the murder. Soon McCaleb finds himself on the trail of a killer more horrifying than anything he ever encountered before.

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Eight weeks after a heart transplant saves his life, former FBI agent Terry McCaleb discovers that his new heart came from a murder victim, leading Terry to become involved in tracking down the killer.

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