Published for the first time under his own name, a dark and haunting story from number one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly.
Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.
In this haunting and singular story, previously published anonymously, Michael Connelly proves once again that he is "superb at building suspense.... the reader can never be sure what sudden turns the plot may take" (Wall Street Journal).
©2012 Michael Connelly (P)2012 Hachette Audio
it was a pleasant surprise to hear Michael Connelly, not known for this kind of thing, to spin a pretty good yarn that resonated with me. This feels like an homage of sorts, to some pulp collections I grew up on as a kid, but maybe with a little more heart. Would be pretty devastating around a campfire.
no spoilers - not exactly a moment, but more the unfolding, for the main character, and for the reader, of what the safe is all about, was comfortably thrilling. Yeah, I mean comfortably - I love curling up around a decent ghost story. The title itself has multiple meanings.
no - good solid work, no issues. voices the annoying client almost too well - it was just slightly overdone enough to make the client more of a caricature than a character. toned back just a hair would have made the story that much stronger. the rest was really fine.
I give up. for an audible credit or two, I'll work harder and come up with a good tag line.
very well done short story worthy of sitting in a steven king collection. For such a quickly drawn set of characters, in broad brush strokes, connelly has done a good job of capturing a certain kind of fear - born out of love - that I can't talk about without spoilers galore. recommended - not for a credit - it's too short - but priced just right for members.
Why ever would I do that?
The Safe Man is a quick book but is jam-packed with good writing, an excellent narration, and the conclusion - well, it knocked my socks off. Truly, one of the best books on Audible.com and I wish ten stars were available because I would cheat and and add one extra, for a total of 11.
I seem to be a verb.
Yes; great story, with surprises you don't expect from the Detective Bosh, Lincoln Lawyer author. Pleasantly surprised. Its short, and good.
the details of the work of the opening of the locker.
the work of a lock smith.
Interesting and its 'unlocks' a skill and expertise people seldom hear about in stories.
The Safe Man. He was skillful
Main. The Expert
"Box Man" -- a man who opens safes. There's a legitimate market for this work, apparently. The locksmiths skilled in safe-opening without the (presumably lost) keys even have a website and can post tips to each other.
Our hero is a box man, and the problem safe has not been opened for a very long time. What is in it?
The reading is somewhat wooden; I would avoid this reader in general. However, it's still very easy to listen to and understand, and the plot is most interesting. I recommend this audiostory.
This is so different to the Michael Connelly I am used to. It is a short story and I don't want to spoil it so all I will say is that if you love Michael's books, you will love this. It is just different.
Not a fan of the narration either. I thought it was a bit on the slow/somber side. I probably would lister to another one, Michael Connelly usually does good work. I love Harry Bosch
The story didn't grab me and then it was over without an ending.
It inspired me to listen to The Black Box, a Harry Bosch Story. I really need a good book after this non starter.
If you like Michael Connelly, you'll probably enjoy this, but don't look for Harry Bosch to save the day. Story line a little thin, even for a short story/novella. Better than Connelly's book of crime articles from the LA Times taken from his reporter days.
Ending was appropriate with adequate suspense leading up to it but not a huge surprise .
Retired, avid reader for years. Like a variety of books; suspense, thrillers, espionage, sci fi, romance, books with repeat characters.
For a short book, I thought the author put a lot of thought provoking in it.
That would be OK. I felt you had to draw your own conclusions which I kinda
like things tied up neatly. But that always leaves the door open for another book. I can
see expanding the story line.
A short read is nice if you just want something quick and it won't drag on and on. I have trouble getting things done when I have trouble putting a book down, such as laundry.
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