Blood Work Paperback – 15 Mar 2007
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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 apparent randomness of the crime gives way to the unsettling suspicion of a twisted intelligence behind the murder. Soon McCaleb finds himself on the trail of a killer more horrifying than any he ever encountered before. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
His methods of killing and eluding detection are infernally ingenious, adding an intellectual charge to the visceral kick of the hunt (NEW YORK TIMES)
Connelly is a crime writing genius (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Connelly has great skills. One is the creation of characters who live and breathe, so that we care about them far more than we do for the cardboard figures stamped out by most thriller writers. His second skill is a mastery of pace. His books are page-turners, and the author is in sublime control of the speed at which we turn those pages (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
While the themes of Connelly's LA crime novels are familiar (power, envy, corruption), his plotting is anything but (ESQUIRE)
No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly (TIME OUT) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This is a novel that is meticulous in its detail and will challenge the most ardent enthusiast of the genre to spot the errors McCaleb makes in his investigation. When you find out, you'll go "Of course - how could I have missed that!" but I doubt that you'll notice the oversights before McCaleb does. It's long drawn out but the journey is worth it; for once we have a thriller with a fitting and satisfying ending, and that doesn't happen with every piece of crime fiction writing, does it?Read more ›
This is a real page turner and for me explained a lot that I hadn't realised when I met McCaleb in a later book.
Blood Work features Terry Mccaleb who is a retired FBI agent (he has recently had a heart transplant). One day a women (Graciela) turns up on his boat where he lives asking for his help. Her sister was murdered and her killer was never found. He says no first of all and asks her why she went to him and she explains that he has got her sisters heart.
So Terry decides to look into it for her. He gets in contact with some old friends her worked with and before long he is re-reading witness statements, watching videos tape and collecting new information.
This is very fast paced and has some twist and turns. Michael Connelly has written this very well and sets the scene very well - highly recommended if you like crime and thriller.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another good Connelly story. not Bosch but in the same style and it works well !Published 2 months ago by DIL