'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, and that ...
'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, and that the police investigation into the case is going nowhere. Knowing that he lives because of a cold-blooded killing, McCaleb feels he has no choice but to take on the investigation. 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 ...
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And I'm an Eastwood fan, in spite of his ridiculous display at the RNC. He did a good job in this movie but the movie didn't begin to match the book in quality or length nor in depth. The characters were more fleshed out, the plot longer and deeper and some of the characters are carried along in additional books. It's Connelly; you know it's going to be a good read.
Apr 8, 2010
What a compelling, well-developed character, and what a fascinating plot! I was transfixed by this novel, which is definitely one of Connelly's best. His take on organ transplantation is fresh and even - at a stretch - believable. Don't watch the movie; while a competent thriller, it is a travesty of the novel.
Aug 24, 2007
I thought this was a great book. It has an amazing ending that is helped along throughout the book by this author's ability to keep you intrigued and wanting to know more. If you have a chance to read this, I recommend it.
Apr 6, 2007
A great idea for an original crime novel. Blood Work is a suspenseful tightly woven story that leaves you guessing at each twist. Having had a transplant surgery myself I was drawn to this book by the idea of mystery surrounding the donor and circumstances around her death. But this book is a good read with a personal connection to it or not. A really unexpected endind adds to the excitement.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-02-02 Connelly follows up Trunk Music with a tautly paced, seductively involving thriller about a murder that is less random than it seems. Ex-FBI agent Terry McCaleb is recuperating from a heart transplant when beautiful Graciela Rivers walks up to his San Pedro houseboat, tells him that the donor of his new heart, her sister Gloria, was murdered in a convenience-store robbery and asks him to find the killer. Although his doctor warns him against it, McCaleb can't resist the case (any more than he could resist the serial-murder cases that caused his heart attack in the first place). With no license and little cooperation from the police, McCaleb reviews the evidence and connects a second murder to Gloria's killer. But it's only when he discovers that souvenirs have been taken from the victims that McCaleb realizes he is dealing with a type of killer with which he is all too familiar. Even working with seemingly shopworn material, Connelly produces fresh twists and turns, and, as usual, packs his plot with believable, logical surprises. He adds a moral twist by establishing a frightening bond between the hunter and the hunted, intimately connecting his detective to the criminal's guilt. Fans of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels will feel right at home with this beautifully constructed, powerfully resonating thriller, and newcomers will see right away what all the fuss has been about. Author tour. (Mar.)
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