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Blood Work Audiobook

Blood Work

Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.
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Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest. From her, McCaleb learns a terrible truth: that the donor of his heart was not killed in an accident, as he'd been told, but was murdered.

Wracked with guilt over the fact that he's alive because another human being was killed, McCaleb embarks on a private investigation of his donor's murder - a crime as horrific as anything he ever encountered as a serial killer investigator for the FBI.

©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Cathy 02-01-14
    Cathy 02-01-14
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    "Great listen! Holds your attention."

    This book is another great Michael Connelly listen that grabs your attention and does not let go. A couple places it started rambling unnecessarily but always came back.
    The book has some twist that you are not expecting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 01-17-14
    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 01-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A decent procedural"

    Worth the purchase, interesting protagonist, bustles along at a decent clip. A few interesting insights into the effectiveness of profiling.

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    Amanda 01-16-14
    Amanda 01-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Im a Connelly Fan"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not an outstanding book but did keep me entertained. Just wish there was a little more to these stories. Something missing


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    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 01-12-14
    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2015

    Audio books are just my cup of tea!

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    "Good Cop story."

    Really enjoyed the characters in this book. You really don't know how bad the “bad guy” is until close to the end. (he's really bad!!). Always love Dick Hill's narration.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-07-14
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written"

    Michael Connelly is a very good writer and this is another very good book by him. Have never been disappointed by this writer.

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great mystery; Connelly's best"

    I have read a few Michael Connelly novels in the past, and each disappointed me. The plot of Blood Work intrigued me, and I gave this author one more try. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed this book from the start. It has mystery, action, love, and characters I could love and hate. The basic plot is that a retired FBI agent is looking for the killer of the woman who had donated his heart. This story was easy to follow and well paced. The reader was great. Only the ending fell a little short in my estimation. This was a story I did not want to put down. It's one of the best of the crime/mystery genre I have listened to.

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    Ruth 01-03-14
    Ruth 01-03-14
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    "a little dated"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes Michael Connelly is a good author and I like his legal thrillers more than the police procedurals


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story has a good and original base narrative - how people respond in an emotional sense to heart transplants


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Hill gave a good performance


    Do you think Blood Work needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This title is starting to show its age for a police procedural - the power of internet searches, cracking into hospital data bases etc doesn't seem so scary smart or original these days - although it was at the time of writing. There isn't enough in the character development to carry the book over this hurdle of reliance on the newness ( at the time) of internet technology for a key line of surprise and excitement.

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    raul villa carlos paz, Argentina 01-03-14
    raul villa carlos paz, Argentina 01-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "lovely book"

    Great story, you get to love this characters. Great twists and turns... you will never know where the story is going, and you are going to laugh and smile alone each time this happen.

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    Frederick D. Schmidt 12-22-13 Member Since 2012

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    this is a rather interesting story that ends somewhat differently than I thought it would.

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    David L. Wilson 12-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Suspense from End to End"
    Where does Blood Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would place it in the top 5 of the more than 60 audio books I've read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Work?

    The discovery of the fingerprints.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I look up books read by Dick Hill before I look for authors.


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    "Very good thriller"

    This is rather different from Michael Connelly's other books, most of which feature the LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch. The hero this time is a retired FBI agent who has had a heart transplant, and it is this fact around which the author weaves a typically well plotted, intriguing and exciting story, with a non-stop narrative momentum. A super thriller right up to Michael Connelly's impressively high and consistent standards. Very well narrated by Dick Hill. Strongly recommended, particularly if you like Michael Connelly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caro
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    "Great story, great narration"
    What other book might you compare Blood Work to, and why?

    I really enjoy Michael Connelly's Bosch book series, this is up there with them. His plotting is really clever and surprising as it is in the Bosch books. I still marginally prefer the character of Bosch as read by Dick Hill, but McAleb is a great character too.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is one of my top two narrators, he brings a filmic quality to listening - his characters are alive - such a gifted reader.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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    "Another terrific novel from an outstanding writer"

    I have only listened to four Michael Connelly novels and they were all excellent. Of the four, this is probably my favourite. It has a very good plot with a story line that is populated by realistic and well drawn characters. The pace is good and there are elements of suspense that work very well in an audible book. There are also twists and turns that keep you guessing. If you like entertaining thriller/suspense novels then you will enjoy this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/29/10
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    "A compelling listen"

    Michael Connelly never disappoints. Brilliant characters, great plot. If this was a book it would be a page-turner... as an audio book it's a 'Don't interrupt me, I'm LISTENING!' sort of experience. The type that makes you sit in your car long after you've reached your destination just to hear a bit more.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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