This book is based around the character Terry McCaleb an ex FBI agent recovering from a heart transplant. He is approached by the sister of his heart's donor to find her murderer. Up until now, he didn't know anything about his donor, and especially that it was from a murder victim. Thus, the whole story really starts getting interesting, as he gets help from a lot of unlikely allies. He also, has his problems with cops that are resentful for him trying to help with the case. It may be somewhat predictable, but still has a few surprises, and doesn't disappoint in the long run. Of course, Dick Hill, does his usual outstanding narration.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This great 1998 release was followed by the 2002 movie starring Clint Eastwood. Terry McCaleb is an ex-FBI agent who has had a recent heart transplant. He lives on a boat residing at Catalina Island. The action starts when he decides to investigate the still unresolved murder of his heart donor.
McCaleb returns and plays a major role in the Harry Bosch series novel A Darkness More than Night.
Despite being made into a Clint Eastwood movie Blood Work gets less attention than it deserves. Dick Hill does his usual stellar job of narration.
If you like crime dramas, this one is pretty well done. The fact that the protagonist is just recovering from a heart transplant removes the amount of physical action in the novel, but the result is more focus on the details of the crime itself, which was good in this case. The book is obviously dated because everyone is having to "find a phone" and there was a painful scene detailing how to boot up a computer and open a file browser...haha. It's not gonna be in my top 10, but overall it was a page turner with characters you care about. I listened comfortably at 2X speed and the narration was very good. I hope this helps someone. Later.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Wow, it's been a long time since I've listened to an audio book that gripped me like this one . . . it's not full of unnecessary gore, torture, sex and deviant behavior descriptions . . . although plenty of murder and great detective work. Evil abounds, lazy cops who want to cover their own butts, but then there's the few that take the high road and risk it all to get to the bottom of the crime. Multi-layered and totally engrossing, you can't go wrong with this one!
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
The unusual, fresh, & suspenseful story line. The intrigue, & mystery never let up or even slowed down. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, bed - whatever throughout this book. I could not second guess any part of the investigation or outcome. I loved the narrator Dick Hill - what a job he did. Great!
As a certified Hypnotherapist myself the hypnoses segment left npthing out & the facinating clue at the end blew my mind. I understand M. Conelly overwrote on this book. I would love to see another book written with the left overs.
I love it when the writer takes the time to do proper researh into the subject matters becasue this is a real treat to learn. The book stayed balanced & held my interest through out to the end. As a reader I was totally pulled into the story.
I will let you know when & if I find one
Could not decide each one was written & pulled me along with it
I really don't care just make the movie please!
Thank you Mike Connelly. Your the best!
Blood Work was not my first choice in the Connelly bookcase, but now I am so glad that I did download it. I was for some reason was very reticent about the blurb - but while listening to this narrative I became transfixed. Connelly truly knows how to weave a story and grab the readers attention. The twist were not what I was expecting and that was exciting, though I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but hey, I am not a writer!
Terrell McCaleb was great, I liked his methodical approach to paperwork and to chasing the "Tell". Connelly allows us to journey with Terrell and this allows us to make a connection with him as he discovers information but also as he travels through his health concerns.
Winston was also a character that I liked, her strong and fair nature appealed to me and this helped create a balance with other police in the story.
Don't mind Dick Hill at all, I find him easy to listen to and soothing to the ear. Nice Job!
A good listen...Thanks
Ex-FBI agent gets a heart transplant, only it turns out to be from a woman who was murdered and he feels obligated to find her killer. The plot twists right at the very end are common for this kind of story (and in Connelly’s other books), but the twists before then were very good and had me guessing. The book is far better than the Clint Eastwood movie, to which it bares little resemblance. If there’s a problem with the book, it’s that the main character is generic. He’s basically Harry Bosch from Connelly’s other books and has no personality that comes out. Maybe that’s OK because the plot and the feelings of obligation (toward many different things) are what’s key here. Frankly, I loved it and raced through it.
And I think Dick Hill is my preferred narrator for all Michael Connelly books.
I am a great fan of both Michael Connelly and Dick Hill. Connelly moves the story along with just the right amount of character introspection. I just recently saw the movie again and wanted to see how the book and movie track each other. Thankfully, all the basics of the book made it to the movie. There are, however, sufficient differences to make both enjoyable in their own right, whether enjoying the book or movie alone, or enjoying both.
I usually like to see the movie first because, out of necessity, there are usually things in the book that are left out of the movie and it easier to accept new facts, characters and information than it is to look in vain for them. Also, having seen actors populate the characters, I have a visual reference for the characters when reading the book. Clearly, I think that Terry McCaleb is much younger than Clint Eastwood, but there was still a face to the character.
Most of Connelly's novels occupy the same universe with characters freely moving between them. Therefore, if you are Harry Bosch fan, you might want to read this before reading 'A Darkness More than Night' as Terry McCaleb figures prominently in that story.
I thoroughly enjoy Dick Hill's narrations across a number series that I follow. I get a little disappointed when I listen to one of a series' books narrated by another no matter how accomplished they may be. I am just getting into the Jack Reacher series and am pleased to see that he has narrated many of them also. Keep up the Good Work.
This was an entertaining book, we'll read by Dick Hill. There were enough twists and turns to keeping you guessing, though I did figure it out before the reveal. What I really liked about this story was the realism of the investigation. It was logical and appropriate. I suspect real cops would like the way the pieces are assembled one by one.
Hooks you from beginning! Great ride start to finish. Well researched, well written & narrated. My only dislike was it ended leaving me wanting to know more about these characters!