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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 (1997)

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Former FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb is recovering from a heart transplant when he learns that his donor was murdered during a robbery, and the case remains unsolved. McCaleb decides to investigate the crime himself, and soon realizes that a diabolical killer with a disturbing motive is at work.

Series note: This is book #1 in the Terry McCaleb series. Book #2 is a continuation of the Harry Bosch series and slots in after book #7.

Additional note: This book has been made into a movie and seeing the movie prior to reading the book had a significant impact on my perceptions of events in the story. Knowing the identity of the killer from the movie led me astray while reading.

McCaleb is an intelligent, skilled and resourceful investigator, and following along with him as he works through the clues is enjoyable. There is, of course, the inevitable comparison with Connelly's signature character, Harry Bosch, and suffice it to say that McCaleb is far less angsty or prone to deep psychological musings than Harry.

The case is very compelling and the killer's motive and machinations are very intricate yet plausible. Nevertheless, as is always the case with Connelly's writing, there is too much repetition in some of the descriptions of events and evidence.

Overall, a solid police procedural with a likable main character, but it is long winded at times and could have been 50-75 pages shorter.
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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Didn't like the ending...overall good read...
  razzzat | Oct 3, 2016 |
5 Stars.. "Flawless"!.. This, Author - is, GOOD!.. This is "Second-Tier" Reading at, "Least"!.. I am, "Hunting" - "Soon" for Part Two of Terry McCaleb?!.. Awesome!!.. GREAT - Work!.. MEGA!!.. ( )
  TimNewey | Sep 3, 2016 |
4.5 stars ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Audiobook. Book definitely better than the movie, which was without energy. This has an interesting premise--looking for the murderer of the person who was donor of heart hero now lives on with. Enjoyed. But I'm easy to please with a thriller. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
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De grandioze thriller - Verfilmd met Clint Eastwood
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This is for

Terry Hansen

and for

Jesse and Myra McCaleb
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Her last thoughts were of Raymond.
McCaleb saw her before she saw him.
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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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