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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752816764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752816760
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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By A Customer on 16 May 2002
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Connolly's books up to his latest release "City of Bones" and I can say that "Blood Work" is yet another fine piece of work. In this book we meet a new character, Terry Mccaleb. A retired FBI profiler who, after suffering a heart attack, seeks to hunt down the one person who saved his life! The book is typically Connelly: A steady pace through-out the novel with twists and turns until the final chapters where it erupts into fast paced action! I recommend to anyone that enjoys Crime fiction to read the entire works of Michael Connolly. Just as a tip, start reading the novels in the order that they were published; you will learn more about the characters and get the chance to follow them as they develop through his works.
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2007
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BLOOD WORK features retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb, and it's a mystery thriller about a serial killer whose latest victim was the organ donor responsible for McCaleb's recent heart transplant. When the victim's attractive sister Graciela delivers this strange news to him and asks for his help, he has no choice but to answer her call, very much against his cardiologist's wishes. While LAPD officers try to keep McCaleb away because his top-notch profiling skills make their efforts seem careless and amateurish, and McCaleb's physical strength and stamina are limited more than ever before, it seems as if the case is destined to go unsolved. But McCaleb's conscience weighs too heavily upon him to let the murderer go free, and the only way to clear his mind and find peace is to throw his full energy into the investigation. McCaleb lives on a boat and is well-acquainted with a lazy, drunken young man called Buddy who lives on another boat in a nearby berth, so he enlists Buddy as his driver and assistant. What ensues is an excellent police drama that leads McCaleb through an extensive process of analysing evidence, questioning people related to the crimes, and breaking codes, and results in a chilling and totally unexpected climax.

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?
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By A Customer on 16 May 2000
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The twists and turns in the plot keep the reader on their toes (if not edge of their seat). Most of the enjoyment of reading this novel was attempting to guess what his next 'clue' would lead to - and a psycic couldn't fortell the conclusion of this detective story. A little far-fetched in places it is nonetheless fun to read.
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I love crime novels so when I came across this as a recommendation from Amazon I was surprised I hadn't read it! I also didn't realise the show Bosch on Amazon is by the same author and we love the show! Will definitely get more of Michaels books!! Was suspenseful and clever and engaging! Great story.
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As usual a great story with great characters who you could empathise with and was close to home for me having just been diagnosed with a heart problem, not as serious as our hero's but it makes you think.
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By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2000
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I have read all of Michael Connelly's novels and this was by far my favourite. I thought I'd managed to predict the outcome, but was pleasantly surprised to be wrong! A great story with realistic characters and completely enthralling plot. Can't wait for the next one.
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This book concentrates on Terry McCaleb and the new heart he has received. His heart comes from a murdered woman whose sister is looking for help to find her killer. He reluctantly agrees to help, unknowingly being drawn into something that turns his whole world upside down. Firstly his growing feelings for Graziela and her nephew Raymond, the son of the woman whose heart he received; and secondly with the trail to find a killer more ruthless than anyone can believe.

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.
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This is the first book I have read by Michael Connelly (I had not heard of him until I went to the dentist and sat in the waiting room reading and my dentist told me to try him) and I am so glad I did, I loved this 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.
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