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.
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
Pam Foster - I enjoy listening to books. I had to retire early and I've found audio to be one of my good friends. Reading reviews is a must before purchasing a book.
Definitely. I wanted to be a donor but because of a malady, I won't get to improve the life of another. Since reading Blood Work, I've read more about the subject and I will read more. Oops, the question has changed. Favorite character was McCaleb. His journey to accepting that he continued living because someone else had to die.
Dick Hill can be slow. His narration doesn't have a flow that makes my listening as enjoyable as I'd like. However, he was a competent narrator that didn't make me not want to listen. I did need to take a break here and there because of the narration.,
The novel is educational, suspenseful, tender. A novel worth reading.
People who don't object to the language used.
Not sure. I have read physical books of the Lincoln Lawyer, The Reversal, and Brass Verdict, and I really enjoyed them as I was able to skim past the language although I don't remember it being as excessive as this book. It's possible Connelly has toned down some of his later works.
Very good performance except the narrator sometimes forgets to change voices. Such as he was speaking as a female and then when he spoke for a male half the sentence continued in feminine voice. And I noticed it several times when he spoke in Hispanic voice for part of a sentence and then finished with English voice. I didn't mind though.
I don't have any reaction since I stopped reading after a small number of chapters. Too bad, because it looked like it might have been a good story.
I just wish that books were somehow rated as to language, etc. as movies do. It would help everyone make a better, informed decision.
Top 20%. It's a good little detective mystery novel.
I enjoy Dick Hill narrations.
The excellent narration by Dick Hill
Yes, it was a very interesting story, with differences from the movie version.
The different voices of each of the characters...it really brings them to life.
The fishing scene with the little boy.
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.
This mystery was an unexpected pleasure. I had no real expectations, but the story just kept getting more and more interesting as it gathered momentum. Toward the end I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to see how it turned out. Although everything is there, I didn't see the solution to the mystery. The characters are interesting and complicated. If you like mysteries that keep you guessing with characters you can emphasize with, give this book a try.
The whole book was good.
Author makes you feel like you are living the book
Has a great voice
The story was unpredicatable, the characters well developed. I enjoyed the portrayal of Terry. Not so sure (as a nurse) what his temperature changes had to do with his heart conditions... but that's just a technical flaw. Good listen.