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Terry McCaleb không ở đỉnh cao phong độ của một đặc vụ FBI dày dặn kinh nghiệm. Ông mới ngoài bốn mươi tuổi, lẽ ra vẫn còn có thể tiếp tục cày xới thế giới tội ác ở Los Angeles, nhưng trái tim của ông đã đầu hàng, ông phải thay tim và thấy trước mặt mình một cuộc sống khác hẳn. Rồi người phụ nữ đó xuất hiện, không hề báo trước, ngay tại nơi trú ẩn tuổi già của ông. Và McCal Terry McCaleb không ở đỉnh cao phong độ của một đặc vụ FBI dày dặn kinh nghiệm. Ông mới ngoài bốn mươi tuổi, lẽ ra vẫn còn có thể tiếp tục cày xới thế giới tội ác ở Los Angeles, nhưng trái tim của ông đã đầu hàng, ông phải thay tim và thấy trước mặt mình một cuộc sống khác hẳn. Rồi người phụ nữ đó xuất hiện, không hề báo trước, ngay tại nơi trú ẩn tuổi già của ông. Và McCaleb buộc phải gắng gượng tìm lại phong độ tưởng chừng đã vĩnh viễn mất đi, lần mò theo những lối đi gian nan nhất của sa mạc và của trí tuệ, với một trái tim của người khác đập trong lồng ngực. Terry McCaleb và Graciela Torres bỗng chốc khám phá ra rất nhiều điều bí ẩn của các tội ác, cũng như bí ẩn trong mối quan hệ tình cảm con người. Michael Connelly ở độ chín của tài năng và phong cách, một cuốn tiểu thuyết trinh thám có nhịp điệu mạnh liên hồi, tàn khốc nhưng không mất đi sự mềm mại, nhân bản, thậm chí là lãng mạn.


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Terry McCaleb không ở đỉnh cao phong độ của một đặc vụ FBI dày dặn kinh nghiệm. Ông mới ngoài bốn mươi tuổi, lẽ ra vẫn còn có thể tiếp tục cày xới thế giới tội ác ở Los Angeles, nhưng trái tim của ông đã đầu hàng, ông phải thay tim và thấy trước mặt mình một cuộc sống khác hẳn. Rồi người phụ nữ đó xuất hiện, không hề báo trước, ngay tại nơi trú ẩn tuổi già của ông. Và McCal Terry McCaleb không ở đỉnh cao phong độ của một đặc vụ FBI dày dặn kinh nghiệm. Ông mới ngoài bốn mươi tuổi, lẽ ra vẫn còn có thể tiếp tục cày xới thế giới tội ác ở Los Angeles, nhưng trái tim của ông đã đầu hàng, ông phải thay tim và thấy trước mặt mình một cuộc sống khác hẳn. Rồi người phụ nữ đó xuất hiện, không hề báo trước, ngay tại nơi trú ẩn tuổi già của ông. Và McCaleb buộc phải gắng gượng tìm lại phong độ tưởng chừng đã vĩnh viễn mất đi, lần mò theo những lối đi gian nan nhất của sa mạc và của trí tuệ, với một trái tim của người khác đập trong lồng ngực. Terry McCaleb và Graciela Torres bỗng chốc khám phá ra rất nhiều điều bí ẩn của các tội ác, cũng như bí ẩn trong mối quan hệ tình cảm con người. Michael Connelly ở độ chín của tài năng và phong cách, một cuốn tiểu thuyết trinh thám có nhịp điệu mạnh liên hồi, tàn khốc nhưng không mất đi sự mềm mại, nhân bản, thậm chí là lãng mạn.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    Terry McCaleb was once a top-ranked F.B.I. agent, but then a heart attack brought him down and forced him into early retirement. After an interminable wait because of his very rare blood type, McCaleb has finally had a heart transplant and is recuperating aboard his boat which is docked in the harbor at San Pedro, California. Terry is still early in his recovery when a beautiful woman named Graciella Rivers shows up at his boat and begs him to investigate the murder of her sister, Gloria, who wa Terry McCaleb was once a top-ranked F.B.I. agent, but then a heart attack brought him down and forced him into early retirement. After an interminable wait because of his very rare blood type, McCaleb has finally had a heart transplant and is recuperating aboard his boat which is docked in the harbor at San Pedro, California. Terry is still early in his recovery when a beautiful woman named Graciella Rivers shows up at his boat and begs him to investigate the murder of her sister, Gloria, who was shot to death in the robbery of a convenience store. Terry explains that this would be impossible and that his condition would not permit it. Then Graciella drops the bomb that leaves him no choice. Against the advice of his doctor who is enormously upset with him, McCaleb agrees to investigate Gloria's death. It's going to be an uphill battle, given that he's now a private citizen and, ex-F.B.I. agent or not, the local cops who investigated the crime originally are going to stonewall him. They've written off the case as a run-of-the-mill homicide in the course of an armed robbery. They have no suspects and aren't looking particularly hard to find any. The last thing they want is for some outsider to come in and show them up. McCaleb pretty quickly concludes that there is probably more to this crime than a simple robbery gone wrong and his investigation turns up several interesting developments. He's a unique and sympathetic protagonist, and it's fun watching him work his way through all of the obstacles thrown in his path. It's a taut compelling story--basically what anyone who reads him would expect from Michael Connelly. I'm giving this three stars rather than four, however, because of something incredibly stupid that happens near the end of the book. (WARNING: Do not read the following unless you want a good idea how the book ends.) (view spoiler)[ By the end of the book, McCaleb has identified the killer and knows why he has murdered not only Gloria Rivers but two other victims as well. The killer has cleverly set McCaleb up as the fall guy for the killings and the cops are hot on McCaleb's trail. Basically, it's the old story where, unless McCaleb can find the Real Killer, he's probably going down for the crimes. McCaleb traces the killer to a storage unit that the guy, posing as a witness, has listed as his home and work address. McCaleb finds the storage unit and calls a sheriff's deputy who has been working with him. Then, instead of waiting for the deputy to arrive, McCaleb breaks into the unit and finds the killer's computers and a lot of other evidence linking him to the crimes. At this point, anyone who's read more than five crime novels is going, WTF??? There's absolutely no reason for McCaleb to break into the unit. The perp is not there and no one is in any danger, immediate or otherwise. Obviously, what he should do is wait for the deputy who will surely recognize the situation for what it is and get a warrant to search the place. Certainly a former F.B.I. agent would realize that by breaking into the unit without a warrant he has compromised any evidence that might be found there. More than that, he opens himself up to the accusation that he broke into the unit and planted the evidence to divert suspicion from himself. The whole scene makes absolutely no sense at all, and a reader (at least this one) can't imagine why a writer as astute as Michael Connelly would ever write it like this. It's not essential for the plot in any way; if McCaleb waits for the deputy, he will be vindicated just the same. This bothered the hell out of me, and largely destroyed the ending of a book I was really enjoying up to that point. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Terry McCaleb is a retired FBI agent in L. A. who's just undergone a heart transplant. He's recuperating on his boat and figuring out what he's going to do with his new lease on life. When he's approached by Graciella Rivers to help investigate her sister's murder, Terry's reluctant until she gives him a compelling reason to go all in. Typical of a Connelly procedural, this story winds around the bend and back before things start to fall in place to make sense and provide motive. Still, I was a Terry McCaleb is a retired FBI agent in L. A. who's just undergone a heart transplant. He's recuperating on his boat and figuring out what he's going to do with his new lease on life. When he's approached by Graciella Rivers to help investigate her sister's murder, Terry's reluctant until she gives him a compelling reason to go all in. Typical of a Connelly procedural, this story winds around the bend and back before things start to fall in place to make sense and provide motive. Still, I was a bit blindsided by the revelations even though the clues were there (along with some convincing red herrings). I liked Terry and the hype about his skills were well founded. It's a good story with some interesting secondary characters. I'm a big fan of Dick Hill so the narration just works for me in this series (Harry Bosch Universe). I listened to this one as McCaleb shows up in the next HB story and I wanted the background. It was well worth my time and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to him.

  3. 5 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    Blood Work is a decent Michael Connelly novel till about the end and then it elevates itself in the last few chapters. The standard Michael Connelly attributes are present in this novel with one twist - this time the main character is literally 'broken'. Terry McCaleb is a retired FBI agent who undergoes a heart transplant. He is tasked by the sister of the heart donor to provide some closure for her murder. And this leads to a deep mystery that showcases gritty detective work as well as the inc Blood Work is a decent Michael Connelly novel till about the end and then it elevates itself in the last few chapters. The standard Michael Connelly attributes are present in this novel with one twist - this time the main character is literally 'broken'. Terry McCaleb is a retired FBI agent who undergoes a heart transplant. He is tasked by the sister of the heart donor to provide some closure for her murder. And this leads to a deep mystery that showcases gritty detective work as well as the incredible characterization that Connelly brings to the table. The story would have been good with just these attributes. But then, there is a twist and OMG, what a doozy it is. I was reading in bed half-asleep, when this twist woke me up fully. That's how awesome and unexpected it was.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    This is a must read & movie!!! IMDb - movie review YouTube - Official Movie trailer Two years ago, Terrell McCaleb, had a bad heart problem & needed a new heart with his rare blood. He was lucky, a organ donator with the rare blood was found & heart transplanted. Two years later as a retired FBI agent, he comes home to his boat in LA’s San Pedro marina, where Graciela Rivers waits on his boat. Recent newspaper articles lead her to him. Graciela tells This is a must read & movie!!! IMDb - movie review YouTube - Official Movie trailer Two years ago, Terrell McCaleb, had a bad heart problem & needed a new heart with his rare blood. He was lucky, a organ donator with the rare blood was found & heart transplanted. Two years later as a retired FBI agent, he comes home to his boat in LA’s San Pedro marina, where Graciela Rivers waits on his boat. Recent newspaper articles lead her to him. Graciela tells him, his new heart came from her sister, Gloria, killed in a 2 year old convenience store murder? Gloria’s heart donation saved his life. Asks for his help to find her sister’s killer... After apprehension, he calls Graciela to do the investigation. His past FBI experience always said killers like this needed to be paid with “Blood Work”..... The ending is great, can he save Graciela & Raymond(Gloria’s son) from the dangerous trap the mystery man has placed them, will he kill or capture this mystery man & how happy all this has made him....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Supratim

    The author never disappoints. I have enjoyed many of his Harry Bosh novels and also Lincoln Lawyer and this book was no exception but I have to say it fell short of being great. The protagonist of the novel is Terry McCaleb - an ex-FBI agent who recently had a heart transplant and now is staying in a boat. One day he is visited by a lady, Graciella, who wants Terry to investigate her sister's murder. Terry, who has to avoid anything stressful is reluctant to take on the case, but when Graciella r The author never disappoints. I have enjoyed many of his Harry Bosh novels and also Lincoln Lawyer and this book was no exception but I have to say it fell short of being great. The protagonist of the novel is Terry McCaleb - an ex-FBI agent who recently had a heart transplant and now is staying in a boat. One day he is visited by a lady, Graciella, who wants Terry to investigate her sister's murder. Terry, who has to avoid anything stressful is reluctant to take on the case, but when Graciella reveals something about her sister Terry simply had to get involved. Then the story continues with Terry's investigations and we get to meet arrogant and egoistic cops, hear stories about the cases (and the horrors) handled by Terry during his tenure in the FBI, we get to learn more about Terry the human being. The complex relationship that develops between Terry and Graciella was a bit predictable though. Michael Connelly has given some great clues through out the book and you have to read carefully and think to connect the dots. There are twists and red herrings as well. One thing I have to say - that the villain was a pretty complex and dangerous character.The book shows the research the author had put in to create the story. This is true for many of his books. This is a pretty decent mystery novel but I was expecting something more -- the story had enough ingredients to create an atmosphere of fear but I felt it was not there. The story would hold your interest no doubt about that but it could have been much more better. The end was also a bit "hurried" for a lack of a better word. Overall, a decent read if you love mysteries. If you have enjoyed other books by Michael Connelly then do give this one a try and if you have never tried any of his books then why not - it will be a good time pass.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    Fantastic Read! I read this book to prepare for A Darkness More Than Night, Harry Bosch#7/Terry McCaleb#2 as I continue my journey through the Bosch series. Bloodwork introduces McCaleb thus leading into book #2, A Darkness More Than Night, where Bosch & McCaleb work a case together. I am so glad I didn't skip this book! It is suspense at it's best! Absolutely A Page Burner! Fantastic Read! I read this book to prepare for A Darkness More Than Night, Harry Bosch#7/Terry McCaleb#2 as I continue my journey through the Bosch series. Bloodwork introduces McCaleb thus leading into book #2, A Darkness More Than Night, where Bosch & McCaleb work a case together. I am so glad I didn't skip this book! It is suspense at it's best! Absolutely A Page Burner!

  7. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Kahn

    Very neat, clever plot. Fast paced and gripping from start to finish, and boy what a beginning - so original. If you like detective stories this one is not to be missed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    5/10 This is one of those times that the book is let down by the authors name. For me, Michael Connolly is one of the best crime writers out there and I’ve not come across a poor novel from him. Until now. High expectations don’t usually help when you go into a book but after reading about 10 or so of Connolly’s other work and every one of them a finely crafted crime tale with interesting main characters you think that you are in safe hands. I’ll also caveat that I had just finished Lonesome Dov 5/10 This is one of those times that the book is let down by the authors name. For me, Michael Connolly is one of the best crime writers out there and I’ve not come across a poor novel from him. Until now. High expectations don’t usually help when you go into a book but after reading about 10 or so of Connolly’s other work and every one of them a finely crafted crime tale with interesting main characters you think that you are in safe hands. I’ll also caveat that I had just finished Lonesome Dove before reading this which would probably ruin any following book(s). Damn you Gus!! I was keen to read this as I knew the main character from this novel turns up in a Harry Bosch novel which I’m planning on reading this year so I thought it would be good to read about this guy and see what he was like etc. so I wasn’t blindsided when going into the Bosch novel. Unlike all the other novels, the main character just isn’t all that likeable. I find it hard to read a book with a poor lead, it just doesn’t let the story flow and you’re not rooting for them when they come a cropper. The plot is quite unique in that Terry, an ex-FBI agent is tasked with hunting down the killer of the woman who has donated her heart when she dies which happens to be the heart that is currently inside Terry’s chest. Interesting enough but then it just fizzles out a bit and drags on. When the climax happened I read it and then sort of thought “was that it?”. There were a few interesting moments but not enough to keep me interested throughout and at times it was a chore to read. A rare blip from Michael Connolly but in no way will this put me off picking up anything further from him. I know this guy can write and everyone has a bad day at the office once in a while. I will try and watch the movie with Clint Eastwood too as this might translate better into a 2 hour film. If you like this try: “Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connolly

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Sheikh

    More reviews at----https://mohammedsreview.wordpress.com Terry McCaleb a former FBI agent had undergone a heart transplantation recently and now is on a recovery process in his boat "Following sea". He got the organ from a organization called BOPRA, and the patient is actually don't have any idea where he/she got the organ from. but when Graciela Rivers sister of victim Gloria Toress walks on to the boat and seek help from Terry McCaleb, he is now on the move to catch the killer despite his physi More reviews at----https://mohammedsreview.wordpress.com Terry McCaleb a former FBI agent had undergone a heart transplantation recently and now is on a recovery process in his boat "Following sea". He got the organ from a organization called BOPRA, and the patient is actually don't have any idea where he/she got the organ from. but when Graciela Rivers sister of victim Gloria Toress walks on to the boat and seek help from Terry McCaleb, he is now on the move to catch the killer despite his physical inability. As he gets started he collects enough evidence that ensures him that he is after a serial killer and case is not a simple case of robbery. And he made really advancement in the case he finds himself in a grave peril as he is trapped in the setup the killer had set, and he is the prime suspect of a series of killings with a loads motives to kill. Brilliantly crafted thriller from the very beginning to the end . A real page turner, liked the way the story approached. Have a lot of surprising element,enjoyed the novel thoroughly. Rating : 4.2/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Number one in the Terry McCaleb series. First up,this is a great read. It takes the donor organ theme and turns it evil. Terry is a retired FBI agent and the recipient of a new heart, the reason for his early retirement. Terry is approached by the sister of the donor of Terry's heart. The reason Terry was able to receive his new heart was because the donor was murdered. Graciella Rivers, the donors sister, now wants Terry to find her sisters killer. Graciella is at her wits end because the police a Number one in the Terry McCaleb series. First up,this is a great read. It takes the donor organ theme and turns it evil. Terry is a retired FBI agent and the recipient of a new heart, the reason for his early retirement. Terry is approached by the sister of the donor of Terry's heart. The reason Terry was able to receive his new heart was because the donor was murdered. Graciella Rivers, the donors sister, now wants Terry to find her sisters killer. Graciella is at her wits end because the police are not taking her sisters murder seriously enough. Terry, who is still recovered from his heart transplant, is not happy at the prospect of running down a killer. But feels he owes Graciella, to at least look into her sisters murder. The FBI and the LAPD are none too happy at Terry's interference in the case and try hard to keep him on the outside. One officer, Sheriff Jaye Winston, does what she can to help Terry. What Terry discovers will change his life forever. The story has a strong, intense plot that will keep most readers turning pages into the night. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    4 ½ stars. Wow. This was good. A lot of things I didn’t expect. I didn’t want to stop reading. STORY BRIEF: McCaleb is 46 years old, retired from the FBI, and lives on a fishing boat in a Los Angeles Harbor. Two months earlier Gloria was killed in a convenience store hold up. Her organs went to several people. McCaleb got her heart. Gloria’s sister Graciela, a nurse, figures this out and asks McCaleb to help find the shooter. The police have stopped working on the case and are either incompetent o 4 ½ stars. Wow. This was good. A lot of things I didn’t expect. I didn’t want to stop reading. STORY BRIEF: McCaleb is 46 years old, retired from the FBI, and lives on a fishing boat in a Los Angeles Harbor. Two months earlier Gloria was killed in a convenience store hold up. Her organs went to several people. McCaleb got her heart. Gloria’s sister Graciela, a nurse, figures this out and asks McCaleb to help find the shooter. The police have stopped working on the case and are either incompetent or don’t care. Partly out of guilt, McCaleb begins investigating. Since he no longer has a badge it’s difficult for him to get information, but he’s resourceful and effective. REVIEWER’S OPINION: This definitely is not a formulaic slowly uncovering the clues kind of story. Yes it is a police procedural and we do slowly uncover clues, but it is fascinating and entertaining during the process. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because it was almost too good in the following ways. (1) Toward the end, it kept me awake one night. I couldn’t stop thinking about it – too much anxiety and fear. (2) For a while, Terry is being framed. That plot device is not a favorite of mine. It’s such a helpless victim feel when a killer plants evidence and then calls the police. I’m fine with good guys being in danger, but doing it that way is more frustrating than entertaining. It’s interesting to think about how times have changed. The characters didn’t use cell phones in this story - the way we do today. The cops used pagers. McCaleb used pay phones a lot. This is not a complaint, just something I noticed. THE MOVIE: Clint Eastwood played McCaleb in the 2002 movie of this book. NARRATOR: Dick Hill was very good. SERIES: The author has four series. The characters sometimes overlap and refer to each other. So far each book I’ve read could be read as a stand-alone, but I like doing them in chronological order. The chronological order is as follows. Harry Bosch books 1 through 5 (Harry is LA homicide detective) McCaleb book 1 (this book – he is former FBI) Bosch book 6 – Angels Flight Bosch book 7 and McCaleb book 2 – A Darkness More Than Night (They’re working on the same killer.) DATA: Unabridged audiobook length: 12 hrs and 41 mins. Narrator: Dick Hill. Swearing language: strong but not frequently used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two, told not shown. Setting: 1995 or earlier mostly Los Angeles, California, plus Mexico. Book Copyright: 1998. Genre: crime mystery thriller. Ending: Satisfying. The good guys win.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Part detective tale, part police procedural, "Blood Work" is the story of a retired FBI agent who takes on one last case for a very personal reason. I finished it and enjoyed it well enough, but this book is not as good as the other Michael Connelly novels I've read. The main character is okay, and his rationale for taking on the case is believable. The 'love interest' stretches the bounds of believability somewhat. But little niggles here and there ding it. (Nobody would do that. That's just out Part detective tale, part police procedural, "Blood Work" is the story of a retired FBI agent who takes on one last case for a very personal reason. I finished it and enjoyed it well enough, but this book is not as good as the other Michael Connelly novels I've read. The main character is okay, and his rationale for taking on the case is believable. The 'love interest' stretches the bounds of believability somewhat. But little niggles here and there ding it. (Nobody would do that. That's just outright stupid. Etc.). And a couple of major ones seriously damage it. For example, for medical reasons he's supposed to take umpty dozen medications twice daily and not drive (and a big deal is made of this early in the book) yet he seems to forget all that as the story goes on (a matter of a few days), and no mention is made of it as he drives hither and yon and confronts bad guys. Bottom line: "Blood Work" is an okay read, but if you're new to Michael Connelly, try one of his Harry Bosch novels first. They're way better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dave Wickenden

    FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb was forced to retire due to a bad heart. After being on a transplant list, he has a successful transplant and is on the road to recovery. Weeks later, as he is healing, he is approached by a woman who claims to be the sister of the woman whose heart now resides in Terry’s chest. The woman who had been murdered in a convenience store robbery. The sister convinces Terry to look into the case as the L.A. Police seem to have set it aside as a cold case. This starts a high- FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb was forced to retire due to a bad heart. After being on a transplant list, he has a successful transplant and is on the road to recovery. Weeks later, as he is healing, he is approached by a woman who claims to be the sister of the woman whose heart now resides in Terry’s chest. The woman who had been murdered in a convenience store robbery. The sister convinces Terry to look into the case as the L.A. Police seem to have set it aside as a cold case. This starts a high-speed case of a killer who is always one step ahead of Terry. The reason behind the killings will blow the reader away. I guessed at the killer’s identity, but for all the wrong reasons. Very satisfying read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Well, after Elmore Leonard, a good novel like this seems drawn out, but this novel does build with steady power, and I like it. The narrator's voice for McGaleb's neighbor is awful, but otherwise okay. There's some of Harry Bosch here, too, and I like that, but in the length of the thing the hero gets repetitious. It's just too long for the characters if not for the plot. Well, after Elmore Leonard, a good novel like this seems drawn out, but this novel does build with steady power, and I like it. The narrator's voice for McGaleb's neighbor is awful, but otherwise okay. There's some of Harry Bosch here, too, and I like that, but in the length of the thing the hero gets repetitious. It's just too long for the characters if not for the plot.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bryonna

    great story

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Best Connelly book ever! I could not stop listening to this book. Terrel MacCaleb is a retired FBI profiler who recently had a heart transplant. He gets a visitor at his boat, a woman who tells him his heart came from a murder victim. She wants him to find the killer since the police have hit a wall. He can't keep himself from feeling guilty and inserts himself in tot he investigation. Little does he know how connected he has been to the case all along. The characters in this story are some of th Best Connelly book ever! I could not stop listening to this book. Terrel MacCaleb is a retired FBI profiler who recently had a heart transplant. He gets a visitor at his boat, a woman who tells him his heart came from a murder victim. She wants him to find the killer since the police have hit a wall. He can't keep himself from feeling guilty and inserts himself in tot he investigation. Little does he know how connected he has been to the case all along. The characters in this story are some of the best that Connelly has created so far. You can't help but become invested in their challenges and celebrations. The story takes some of the most unpredictable turns. When I thought I had things figured out Connelly throws me for a loop and blows my mind. I made the mistake of watching the movie after I lstened to this. The story had been changed to actually be more predictable and the things I thought I saw coming in the book actually happened in the movie. Skip the movie, read the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    2016-3.5 3 STARS-2007 "'Blood Work' - that's what Terry McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Eight weeks ago he was a dead man, but now someone else's heart is keeping him alive. Then a newspaper report of his brush with death brings him an unwanted visitor. Graciela Rivers reveals to McCaleb that the anonymous donor of his heart was her murdered sister. Knowing that he lives because of a cold blooded killing, McCaleb takes the moribund investigation on. Nothing about the seemingly random kill 2016-3.5 3 STARS-2007 "'Blood Work' - that's what Terry McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Eight weeks ago he was a dead man, but now someone else's heart is keeping him alive. Then a newspaper report of his brush with death brings him an unwanted visitor. Graciela Rivers reveals to McCaleb that the anonymous donor of his heart was her murdered sister. Knowing that he lives because of a cold blooded killing, McCaleb takes the moribund investigation on. Nothing about the seemingly random killing makes sense but McCaleb is a tenacious man and little by little he realises that someone is watching his every move - someone who has killed before and will kill again..." (From Amazon) I think this storyline works better as a book than a movie. I had the killer figured out within 30 minutes. I read the novel years later and it took me a little longer. A good suspense novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Terry McCaleb, an ex-FBI agent, is recovering from life-saving heart replacement surgery when he takes on a pretty unlikely job. The sister of the woman whose heart now is keeping Terry alive wants him to help find the killer of her sister and the convenience store operator who was killed at the same time. At first reluctant to take on the task, he is drawn in by Graciela's charm and persistence, and by the cuteness of Raymond, Graciela's nephew and the son of the deceased woman. When McCaleb sta Terry McCaleb, an ex-FBI agent, is recovering from life-saving heart replacement surgery when he takes on a pretty unlikely job. The sister of the woman whose heart now is keeping Terry alive wants him to help find the killer of her sister and the convenience store operator who was killed at the same time. At first reluctant to take on the task, he is drawn in by Graciela's charm and persistence, and by the cuteness of Raymond, Graciela's nephew and the son of the deceased woman. When McCaleb starts to look into the case, he rubs the LAPD the wrong way. Though he is no longer with the FBI, the officers who originally worked the case are resentful of his intrusion. McCaleb notices some unusual similarities with some older cases, and soon it seems that there is some kind of connection between shootings of people with seemingly nothing in common except the weapon used in the shootings. He determines that what the shooting victims all have in common is a relatively rare blood type, and Terry concludes that some unseen individual is killing, or having killed, people who might provide an organ for some unknown recipient. Amazingly, Terry becomes one of the suspects eventually, since he stood to gain tremendously by acquiring a strong young heart when his need was so pressing. Because of Terry's informal connections (friends still employed in key jobs with the FBI), he is able to get some information that helps move the case forward, though the LAPD remains skeptical of his help. As his investigation progresses, the danger to himself as well as Graciela and Raymond, increases exponentially, as he comes to realize that the prime mover behind the crimes is a serial killer out of his own past...someone who sees McCaleb as a worthy opponent and is inserting himself back into Terry's life in a most unusual way. Connelly is great at plotting, at character development, and in detailing the workings of the LA Police and the FBI. His other novels featuring detective Harry Bosch and lawyer Mickey Haller are just as intriguing, even more well known, and those protagonists have gotten more of Connelly's attention than has McCaleb. I'd like to see more of McCaleb, myself, but really, whatever Connelly has written will be right up my alley, I'm sure.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathrina

    This title was included in last year's World Book Night -- thousands of copies of reader favorites were published and distributed at no cost to encourage literacy. A stack of this one ended up at our public library (not enough takers?) and then donated to our prison book group. Connelly's written a lot of books, and since this was the only one of his on Book Night's list, I figured it must be representative of his best. I'm not entirely disappointed. The plot is thick with detail, and the first This title was included in last year's World Book Night -- thousands of copies of reader favorites were published and distributed at no cost to encourage literacy. A stack of this one ended up at our public library (not enough takers?) and then donated to our prison book group. Connelly's written a lot of books, and since this was the only one of his on Book Night's list, I figured it must be representative of his best. I'm not entirely disappointed. The plot is thick with detail, and the first two-hundred pages build slowly on a clever mix of fact and intuition. But my usual response to crime procedurals was repeated -- the climax was satisfying, but the closure was too much, and I wished the tale had ended 50 pages earlier. It felt like an attempt to answer every question, but the page count was getting too long, so our hero began making huge, miraculously accurate assumptions that, earlier in the book would have been justified on every detail, but, coming at the end, the reader is expected to just go with it to help us all get to the end without too many explanations. Connelly does a nice job of researching his work, with a major exception to all things digital. Connelly is clearly uncomfortable with the details of computer hacking, and glosses over some major inconsistencies, and I don't believe it's to protect the reader from too much info, but rather to hide Connelly's lack of knowledge. It doesn't ruin the story in any way, but his lack of specificity here stands in contrast to his detailed explanations elsewhere. This book is older now, so maybe he's stepped it up since, but if your thriller hinges on digital skills, you should be able to express them with a little more finesse. Connelly has that rare skill of working a story backwards, then peeling it layer by layer, so that the end product is a vastly different idea than the one we started with. That's the skill that makes a thriller so much fun to read, and for that reason, I enjoyed this one. We'll see what they guys thought this weekend...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Former FBI Agent Terry McCaleb is under doctor's orders to take it easy while recovering from a heart transplant. But Graciela Rivers has other plans. She appeals to McCaleb to find the man who murdered her sister in cold blood. Terry is reluctant to get involved, until he discovers that the new heart he was given belonged to Graciela's sister, Gloria Torres. Terry talks to the detectives on the cold case and reviews the file, including the security tape that shows the murder. Terry doesn't know Former FBI Agent Terry McCaleb is under doctor's orders to take it easy while recovering from a heart transplant. But Graciela Rivers has other plans. She appeals to McCaleb to find the man who murdered her sister in cold blood. Terry is reluctant to get involved, until he discovers that the new heart he was given belonged to Graciela's sister, Gloria Torres. Terry talks to the detectives on the cold case and reviews the file, including the security tape that shows the murder. Terry doesn't know if he will be able to turn the case around, but he will do anything in his power to find who killed Gloria Torres. This is the first book in the Terry McCaleb series and an excellent police procedural. Terry picks apart the evidence to find any little thing that the police may have missed. There are a few red herrings along with several twists and turns in this investigation. I highly recommend this book. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    ** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s work ** Blood Work is the second time that Michael Connelly steps away from his favorite Los Angeles homicide investigator, Harry Bosch. Published in 1998, Connelly introduces Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent, now retired and spending his time restoring his father’s boat in a Los Angeles marina. Terry is recovering from recent heart transplant and trying to avoid anything that will add stress to his life. Being about 8 weeks since his surger ** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s work ** Blood Work is the second time that Michael Connelly steps away from his favorite Los Angeles homicide investigator, Harry Bosch. Published in 1998, Connelly introduces Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent, now retired and spending his time restoring his father’s boat in a Los Angeles marina. Terry is recovering from recent heart transplant and trying to avoid anything that will add stress to his life. Being about 8 weeks since his surgery, he cannot even drive his car yet. The book begins when Graciella Rivers steps onto his boat and asks him for help in tracking down the killer of her sister, Gloria, who was murdered during an unsolved convenience store robbery. When Terry tries to explain his recovery situation and why he can’t help, Graciella informs him his heart was donated by her dead sister. As she hoped, this hits home with Terry on a personal level and he agrees to help Graciella. When Terry attempts to review the case, local law enforcement is not excited about accepting his offer of help. Rather, their response is surprisingly hostile towards his presence. This spurs Terry’s interest even more, and after reviewing the case files he discovers a link to another murder with similar circumstances. Then Terry uses an old FBI resource to test the bullets used in the killings, and things promptly spiral out of control when the FBI shows up and locks everything down. They take over the investigations and threaten Terry to back way off. Still, Terry’s feelings of allegiance to Gloria are strong and he finds himself driven to find and bring her killer to justice, regardless of the obstacles and risk to his physical survival. Rarely can successful authors step away from their established characters, like Bosch, and create other characters and stories that carry the same level of interest and quality storytelling. Connelly has done it with this book. He has taken the same mastery skills in his Bosch series – strong characters, intricate and suspenseful plotlines, and colorful settings – and applied them to a new and interesting hero that demands our interest and attention. Terry is an anti-hero, with the prime of his career and life behind him. He is now physically weakened and his daily fight for recovery with his new heart while trying to honor his donor’s demise, pulls at our heart strings (sorry - that was a bad use of words). How we can not cheer him on in his vision quest for vengeance? With each book, Connelly’s plotting continues to amaze me, and this one is a prime example of why he is quickly becoming my favorite writer. He unfolds Terry’s investigation in a methodical, systematical review of the reports and crime scenes, looking at every little nuance that might provide an essential clue. Through him, we witness first-hand the hunt for a professional killer and the mindset needed to deal with the evil darkness that resides in them. And for some reason, it feels like Connelly has created a story that is more intimate than we find in some of the Bosch novels. What starts out as an investigation of a random robbery shooting turns into a deeply personal hunt for vindication and faith in all that is good. Overall, I have found a gold mine in the genre of crime fiction, and that is Michael Connelly. I have read his first seven books and already he has proven to me his greatness as a mystery writer. Not only has he established “Bosch” as a great detective and classic mystery series, but he has also introduced other quality characters like newspaper writer Jack McEvoy, FBI agent Rachel Walling, and now Terry McCaleb, a man trying to do his best to eliminate the evil in the world. Maybe we can even see McCaleb and Bosch work together in the future. Wouldn’t that be awesome. I honestly don’t know how he keeps raising the bar, but I cannot wait to read the next one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I love this author. He is one of my faves. I enjoy the way his mind works when he sits down to write a novel. He weaves great twists into the plot and of course, he writes great characters. I enjoyed this one, but the title kind of gave this one away from the very beginning. It took awhile for the story to get to it. Once it got there, I enjoyed it more. And a friend told me this was a movie too, so I'll have to dig that up on the internet. So 4 stars. I love this author. He is one of my faves. I enjoy the way his mind works when he sits down to write a novel. He weaves great twists into the plot and of course, he writes great characters. I enjoyed this one, but the title kind of gave this one away from the very beginning. It took awhile for the story to get to it. Once it got there, I enjoyed it more. And a friend told me this was a movie too, so I'll have to dig that up on the internet. So 4 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hari Hara

    Wow, it's a good thriller. Wow, it's a good thriller.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    4.5 stars. I read this first installment of the Terry McCaleb novels last, as I doubled-backed to read the sidebar Bosch Universe novels. I wasn't blown away by McCaleb as a character in A Darkness More Than Night and The Narrows, but I enjoyed him much more in Blood Work. Great plot and excellent writing, as is the case with all Connelly books. I really like Jaye Winston as a character so it was nice to be exposed more to her in what was also her introduction to the Bosch Universe. It's telling th 4.5 stars. I read this first installment of the Terry McCaleb novels last, as I doubled-backed to read the sidebar Bosch Universe novels. I wasn't blown away by McCaleb as a character in A Darkness More Than Night and The Narrows, but I enjoyed him much more in Blood Work. Great plot and excellent writing, as is the case with all Connelly books. I really like Jaye Winston as a character so it was nice to be exposed more to her in what was also her introduction to the Bosch Universe. It's telling that before the novel was even published Eastwood picked it up to direct and star in as a film. Connelly is great at interweaving love story arcs into his stark and gritty world, and this was a great example of just that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    An excellent introduction to Terry McCaleb, ex-FBI agent. Book is very fast paced and intricately plotted. The only flaw I found: I do not believe a new heart recipient could have kept up the pace McCaleb did without compromising his health severely. Recommended to action fans.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Albert Riehle

    What I'm learning, as I continue to read these Michael Connelly books is that outside of his Harry Bosch books, he really tells a good story and this book is no exception. This one is the story of Terry McCaleb, a retired FBI agent and serial killer hunter. Heart disease forces him into early retirement and a it takes a transplant to keep him alive. When he finds out, during his recovery, that he got his heart from a woman who was gunned down in a senseless act of violence, his old instincts kic What I'm learning, as I continue to read these Michael Connelly books is that outside of his Harry Bosch books, he really tells a good story and this book is no exception. This one is the story of Terry McCaleb, a retired FBI agent and serial killer hunter. Heart disease forces him into early retirement and a it takes a transplant to keep him alive. When he finds out, during his recovery, that he got his heart from a woman who was gunned down in a senseless act of violence, his old instincts kick in and he can't help but look into the case--and quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems. Some of the twists are predictable, but I think Connelly knows that, so he throws in a few more that aren't and it makes for an interesting read. The main character is compelling and filled with frailty. His physical limitations make him all the more interesting. The secondary characters were a bit pale. For instance, there's a sidekick type of character who winds up playing a key role in a few scenes, but other than that, he's not drawn out in any way. He's not sharply drawn enough to add some comic relief to the plot. He's just sort of there. You could substitute any person into that role and the book doesn't change a bit. McCaleb treats him like a teenager, even though he's not and this guy just keeps coming back for more. It's actually really bothersome. The same is true of the other cop characters in the book--there's the good one, the arrogant one who gets in the way and the studious one but that's all we learn about them. Each of them is a genre archetype and none of them ever gets past that point. The plot makes up for it though. This is a good 3.5 book and I'm happy to recommend it. It's not great, but it's well worth the read. Enjoy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaiju Reviews

    This is my favorite Michael Connelly novel I’ve read so far. Excellently plotted. Rich in character detail. And still unbelievably fast paced. From the ten or so of these books that I’ve read, I’d recommend this as the perfect place to start. The Bosch books that come before are excellent, but slower paced. The Poet, for me, felt a little far-fetched, but Blood Work hits its target dead center. Admittedly, Connelly still struggles slightly with the romance. Maybe its me, but the love scenes in al This is my favorite Michael Connelly novel I’ve read so far. Excellently plotted. Rich in character detail. And still unbelievably fast paced. From the ten or so of these books that I’ve read, I’d recommend this as the perfect place to start. The Bosch books that come before are excellent, but slower paced. The Poet, for me, felt a little far-fetched, but Blood Work hits its target dead center. Admittedly, Connelly still struggles slightly with the romance. Maybe its me, but the love scenes in all the books I’ve read by him just don’t work. I can always hear Barry White playing in my head. Sometimes they need to be there, sometimes they don’t. In Blood Work, they make sense, and he doesn’t spend too much time on them, so fine, forgiven. They don’t even come close to being a deal killer and frankly, most people probably won’t even notice anything amiss. Also, there are a few plot elements that may strike a careful reader as too perfect. More than many other crime writers I’ve read, Connelly does a great job making his detectives work hard to find the clues, and makes those discoveries believable. Every now and then, someone will pull a needle out of a haystack that makes you want to be like – really?? – but you just have to move on. Again, most people won’t notice or care. This is an excellent read through and through. Highly recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark Harrison

    Very good thriller. Ex-cop has heart transplant but is then hired to find who killed the girl who donated that heart. Full of nice twists and a decent array of characters. The hero has none of the grit and menace of Harry Bosch but it is fast paced and, although a tad predictable, has enough surprises to make it worth all the effort.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Adamchuk

    This one kept my hopping - great pace and many unexpected plot turns. Retire FBI agent Terry McCaleb is approached by beautiful Graciela Rivers. She wants him to investigate the death of er sister, Gloria Torres. McCaleb is very reluctant to take on the case. He is only a few weeks out of a heart transplant and his orders from his cardiologist, Bonnie Fox, are to take it easy. when Graciela tells him it is Gloria's heart that is beating in his chest, he feels he has to take on the investigation. This one kept my hopping - great pace and many unexpected plot turns. Retire FBI agent Terry McCaleb is approached by beautiful Graciela Rivers. She wants him to investigate the death of er sister, Gloria Torres. McCaleb is very reluctant to take on the case. He is only a few weeks out of a heart transplant and his orders from his cardiologist, Bonnie Fox, are to take it easy. when Graciela tells him it is Gloria's heart that is beating in his chest, he feels he has to take on the investigation. although he is no longer a licensed agent or even a private detective, he manages to get some assistance from Graciela, a nurse, his cardiologist and the only person on the LAPD who believes in him, Jaye Winston. As he digs deeper and deeper into the case, it turns out to be something he never expected. At one point, he even becomes a suspect. As events unfold, the truth is discovered and he is free to go on his way with Graciela and Gloria's son, Raymond, on his restored fishing boat.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Terry McCaleb is a former FBI agent who was forced to retire when he found he had a bad heart. Now, against all odds, he’s trying to recover from a heart transplant. He has no desire to get back into investigations until Graciela Rivers shows up asking for help solving her sister’s murder. The hook that pulls Terry in? His new heart belong to the sister until she died. But can he find out what happened without affecting his health? This book starts out simply enough, but as the layers are peeled Terry McCaleb is a former FBI agent who was forced to retire when he found he had a bad heart. Now, against all odds, he’s trying to recover from a heart transplant. He has no desire to get back into investigations until Graciela Rivers shows up asking for help solving her sister’s murder. The hook that pulls Terry in? His new heart belong to the sister until she died. But can he find out what happened without affecting his health? This book starts out simply enough, but as the layers are peeled away, my mind was blown by how expertly things were set up. The plot is flawless and masterful. Meanwhile, the characters, introduced here for the first time, are fully fleshed out and very real. I really can’t recommend this book highly enough. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

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