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Blood Work Audiobook

Blood Work

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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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    Brad 10-02-14
    Brad 10-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best Connelly book"

    Great read and love Clint Eastwood but the book is always better than the movie. Just well written and keeps your attention the whole way through

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    George 10-02-14
    George 10-02-14
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    "A Good Read"

    Good Connelly book...a classic whodunit where the cops/FBI begin to investigate the detective. Interesting premise -- detective sleuth's his heart donor's suspicious death. I like the imagination. This is book one of several; think I'll continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Moving and fast pace"
    What did you love best about Blood Work?

    The story line and the responsibility for having an organ from another person


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Seeking to confirm that my assumptions would be correct. In the long run I was way off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    confrontation with the killer


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    2 days


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 09-25-14
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Very engaging and 'believable'"

    This proved much better than anticipated and is engaging until the end. Many different twists and turns creating an amazing novel. I bought the book because of the narrator and Dick Hill didn't disappoint. I normally do not purchase 'FBI' books but this is well worth the read/listen.

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    PAR-TEE 09-13-14
    PAR-TEE 09-13-14

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    "Superb....."

    Great story.... Great characters... Twists that surprise.... Highly recommended!!!!

    If you are fan of mystery and police procedural, don't miss this one!!!

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    NanaWillow 05-08-14
    NanaWillow 05-08-14

    Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation

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    "Blood Work"

    I really am not a writer and don't really enjoy writing reviews, so I don't do the review right after reading a book, no matter how much I like it. Also, I can't remember details so but I do rate them by stars. Michael Connelly is a good writer an I have never not liked something he has written. That said. Read his books.

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 04-30-14
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 04-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Okay"

    Not the most impressive of murder thrillers, nor the least, but a reasonably solid story. I am not damning with faint praise, but rather I was disappointed at the lack of tension and the almost easy wrap up of the ending.

    I liked the main character's situation with the heart transplant and how he had to deal with his health throughout the story. But overall, really not too exciting.

    Sort of SPOILER ALERT: I was very surprised at the ending because the film of the same name with Clint Eastwood featured a totally different ending with a totally different villain. Curious.

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    Tq White II Minnesota 04-12-14
    Tq White II Minnesota 04-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Accidentally read this a second time. Glad of it."

    This is a well written, interesting book. It has some nice red herrings. The characters are really good. Maybe the best part of the story. But, the settings are good, too.

    I wish that Audible would add an additional pair of stars. I want to reserve five stars for life changing, stellar writing, books that truly change my life. This is not one of those, but for stars has come to seem to be faint praise. I do not mean it to be. This is a solid, gripping, fun book. I'd give it a six out of seven if I could.

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    Suzanne 03-30-14
    Suzanne 03-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Lookout Reacher, Bosch is here"
    Where does Blood Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Heard it twice already - 2 months apart and was just as enjoyable second time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline gave rise to a couple of topics that most readers would have an opinion on and generated discussion with friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry refused to be swayed by the Doctors opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is a story that gives you 'pause' spots in the form of semi-endings or time out for personel reflection. None of this detracts from the flow and overall enjoyment of the story, but adds credibility to the story and it's characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Suspence, good story and excellent characterisation - looking forward to more
    of Harry, just as I did Jack Reacher.

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    ACT1 Australia 03-21-14
    ACT1 Australia 03-21-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Rivetting read"

    This book hooked me in at the start and didnt give up until the end. The premise of an investigator solving the mystery behind his heart - donated following a murder - is fairly standard but it was interesting to follow the rationale. The narrator gave life to the various characters very effectively and I was sorry when the story came to an end

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
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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
    Cornwall
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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
  • Mark H
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    1/6/12
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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
  • R. Card
    UK
    5/6/16
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    Having spent so much time recently listening about Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller recently, I wasn't sure I'd take to another character, but in fact I really warmed to this character very quickly. So I suppose it's not surprising really that I enjoyed this book very much and went on to buy the next one straight away...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odge
    3/26/16
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    "Held me to the end"

    One of my favourite Connelly stories. Beautifully crafted, thrilling yet credible, in settings that came alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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