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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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
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.
The story line and the responsibility for having an organ from another person
Seeking to confirm that my assumptions would be correct. In the long run I was way off.
confrontation with the killer
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.
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.
Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation
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.
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.
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.
Heard it twice already - 2 months apart and was just as enjoyable second time around.
The storyline gave rise to a couple of topics that most readers would have an opinion on and generated discussion with friends.
When Harry refused to be swayed by the Doctors opinion.
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.
Suspence, good story and excellent characterisation - looking forward to more
of Harry, just as I did Jack Reacher.
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
"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.
"Great story, great narration"
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.
He is one of my top two narrators, he brings a filmic quality to listening - his characters are alive - such a gifted reader.
"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.
"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.
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...!
"Held me to the end"
One of my favourite Connelly stories. Beautifully crafted, thrilling yet credible, in settings that came alive.
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