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Reviews of Blood Work (1998)

Review by michael a draper (2015-10-29)
Blood Work" by Michael Connelly is one of my all time favorite books. The plotting is excellent and the central character, retired FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is sympathetic and the story is addictive.

McCaleb is enjoying retirement while living on his fishing boat. A woman approaches him and requests his help to find her sister's murderer.

When he tells her he can't because of his heart transplant, she responses, yes, it is my sister's heart. It is keeping you alive and I think you'd want to find her killer.

He agrees and begins a search putting pieces of an intricate puzzle together that leads to the killer.
Nothing is straight forward in Connelly's novels. Along the way police receive an anonymous call and suddenly McCaleb becomes the main suspect. The evidence he was collecting is viewed as evidence of the crimes.

The book starts off with a bang and continues to a strong conclusion. I also watched the movie made from the book. There were some changes between the book and movie but the movie was highly entertaining.

Highly recommended!

(This review refers to the 1998 version titled “Blood Work”)

Review by voidmoon (2005-04-24)
Bloodwork is about a retired detective named Terry McCaleb. While working he suffers a heart attack and has to recieve a heart transplant. At the end of the book Michael Connelly, the author, thanks several people including a friend of his who had a heart transplant. According to Connelly this was part of the reason he created teh story. Like his other novels, this book is one filled with details that make it an enjoyable read that is hard to put down.




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