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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Robert
  • EL CERRITO, CA, United States
  • 10-24-12

great ghost story

Where does The Safe Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Safe Man?

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.

Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I give up. for an audible credit or two, I'll work harder and come up with a good tag line.

Any additional comments?

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 05-29-13

Oh, so different!

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Short but gripping - a different Michael Connelly

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes; great story, with surprises you don't expect from the Detective Bosh, Lincoln Lawyer author. Pleasantly surprised. Its short, and good.

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  • Ken
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 12-11-12

A Different Connelly.

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.

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  • Manie
  • Florida, USA
  • 12-19-12

Excellent shortish story!

If you could sum up The Safe Man in three words, what would they be?

Interesting and its 'unlocks' a skill and expertise people seldom hear about in stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Safe Man. He was skillful

Which character – as performed by David W. Collins – was your favorite?

Main. The Expert

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

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Something different!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This was a Non Starter for me.

Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or David W. Collins?

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

What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

The story didn't grab me and then it was over without an ending.

Would you listen to another book narrated by David W. Collins?

Maybe.

Did The Safe Man inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to listen to The Black Box, a Harry Bosch Story. I really need a good book after this non starter.

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  • Stephen
  • PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS, United States
  • 12-05-12

Not Michael Connelly's Best Effort

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ending was appropriate with adequate suspense leading up to it but not a huge surprise .

Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

don't know

Was The Safe Man worth the listening time?

yes

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Mark
  • Toney, AL United States
  • 11-30-12

too short but enjoyable

the safe man is a thoroughly enjoyable short story. I would recommend it, although I would not use one of my credits as it is simply too short. Narration was above average. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this as the genre is a different one for Connelly.

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  • Barb
  • Pawnee City, NE USA
  • 08-02-18

Leaves me wanting to hear it all

Fascinating departure from Bosch for me. I really enjoyed what I heard in this sample

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not up to par.

Sorry I didn't like it very much. Not quick enough in fact it was rather , dull