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Blood Work | [Michael Connelly]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Victoria Belcamp, MD, United States 06-19-11
    Victoria Belcamp, MD, United States 06-19-11 Member Since 2011

    Vicki

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    "Not my favorite, but..."

    Not one of my favorite books, it didn't show Bosch in a very favorable light. I'm not that crazy about Terry McCaleb, either. But all in all, it was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Suspenseful"

    Michael Connelly shows in this book he is the master of suspense. From the first minute listened he captures you, all the way to the last minute. Not great literature, but he balances the story well, and does not branch out in florid language like many modern authors who seem to have forgotten the delete buttom on their keyboard. The story is told in short sentences and is brought forward by each new turn of events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-20-11
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-20-11 Member Since 2008

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Blood work review"

    Story was pretty good but there was a lot of over explaining the details. The main character would come to some conclusions and then repeat everything to other characters. It got a bit slow during those parts but otherwise if was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Nashua, NH, United States 03-05-10
    Karen Nashua, NH, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Love Harry"

    We love Harry, but this book was too long and too convoluted, especially as an audiobook. We listened to this as we traveled to Florida from NH, starting it the second day, and didn't finish it before we arrived. Once there, it took us nearly four weeks of 20 minute "listens" enroute to somewhere to finish it. Don't get me wrong -- we both love Connelly's Harry books; we just might consider the length before purchasing next time. A "read" might be better than a "listen."

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    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 01-30-10
    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Kept my Heart Pounding"

    I really liked this book. The issue that I had with it was that I did see Clint Eastwood as this character and yet, because of the movie, I could not picture anyone else. The story itself, though was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Catawba, VA, USA 12-14-09
    Pat Catawba, VA, USA 12-14-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed every minute of it"

    I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I rented the movie by the same name. The movie was not so good. Acting was good, but I just did not like where they changed the story.
    Narrator Dick Hill is really excelent.

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    Patricia 07-23-14
    Patricia 07-23-14
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    "Red Herrings are fine --- Red Whales not so much"

    I very much enjoy Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller books, which are better than most in the "working lawyer" genre. Although the "tough but soulful PI Lit" genre is not my first choice, I got hooked by the good reviews (and the sales price). However, it was a waste of my time - huge sections of misdirection leading nowhere but giving the hero a lot of opportunity to regret, atone, soul-search, whatever. There are a lot better fish in the sea.

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    Rita E. Gorra 01-12-14

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    "Weak and frustrating"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader, Dick Hill, is fantastic. The story is pretty weak, and I always felt I knew what was coming. Many times our hero couldn't answer another character's question as he was thinking, or forgot and brought extended grief to all. (and a longer storyline) I did not feel connected to anyone here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Craig Johnson's Longmire series that I just discovered! I wish Dick Hill narrated that!!! Or one of my all time favorites, any of the Reacher books. Nero Wolfe, Elizabeth Peter's "Peabody" ...there are so many to listed to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator excelled.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I only went through the whole book, hoping it got better and enjoying the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope. Love Audible, even though I can download from my library, I can keep and "reread" my favorites

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-14-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Hill can narrate a thriller like no other!"

    Great story, great suspense and intrigue, great characters, lots of twists you will not see coming and awesome narrator.

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    zaid 10-27-13
    zaid 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "great start poor finish"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    maybe, depending on the context of the recommendation but if its as a good read it wouldn't be anywhere close to my first...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    piecing the murders together which also fell flat after a while.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    mostly good delivery


    Did Blood Work inspire you to do anything?

    yeah, to be more careful in picking books by Connelly


    Any additional comments?

    finish was a let down, the author built the villain up so high and then took him down with ridiculous ease!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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