Wracked with guilt over the fact that he's alive because another human being was killed, McCaleb embarks on a private investigation of his donor's murder - a crime as horrific as anything he ever encountered as a serial killer investigator for the FBI.
©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
I really enjoy Michael Connelly's Bosch book series, this is up there with them. His plotting is really clever and surprising as it is in the Bosch books. I still marginally prefer the character of Bosch as read by Dick Hill, but McAleb is a great character too.
He is one of my top two narrators, he brings a filmic quality to listening - his characters are alive - such a gifted reader.
I have only listened to four Michael Connelly novels and they were all excellent. Of the four, this is probably my favourite. It has a very good plot with a story line that is populated by realistic and well drawn characters. The pace is good and there are elements of suspense that work very well in an audible book. There are also twists and turns that keep you guessing. If you like entertaining thriller/suspense novels then you will enjoy this.
This is rather different from Michael Connelly's other books, most of which feature the LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch. The hero this time is a retired FBI agent who has had a heart transplant, and it is this fact around which the author weaves a typically well plotted, intriguing and exciting story, with a non-stop narrative momentum. A super thriller right up to Michael Connelly's impressively high and consistent standards. Very well narrated by Dick Hill. Strongly recommended, particularly if you like Michael Connelly.
Author, reviewer, publisher @SilverWoodBooks.
Michael Connelly never disappoints. Brilliant characters, great plot. If this was a book it would be a page-turner... as an audio book it's a 'Don't interrupt me, I'm LISTENING!' sort of experience. The type that makes you sit in your car long after you've reached your destination just to hear a bit more.
Having spent so much time recently listening about Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller recently, I wasn't sure I'd take to another character, but in fact I really warmed to this character very quickly. So I suppose it's not surprising really that I enjoyed this book very much and went on to buy the next one straight away...!
"A Darn Good Book"
After reading the publisher's summary, I was concerned that the book might be uninteresting or a bit slow. Fortunately, I did not pass this book up!
Blood Work is very engrossing story that kept my interest throughout. In the end, I liked this book enough to write a positive review.
Before writing this review, I checked out Amazon.com and found that there are (at the time of this writing) 188 reviews. Most all the reviewer praised this book. Additionally, I discovered that Blood Work was turned into a movie that is acted and directed by Clint Eastwood. At the end of the book, the author Michael Connelly, acknowledges all those who significantly helped him write this book. Interest that Connelly mentions that the actor Clint Eastwood was an initial reviewer of the manuscript.
Overall, every book that I have read by Michael Connelly, I have liked very much, and I can highly recommend all that I have read...
The Narrator Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers. His voice really fits my idea of the main character, FBI agent McCaleb. I never imagined a persona like Clint Eastwood stereotype when hearing Dick Hills voice.
In this reading, Dick Hill also does an amazing Hispanic accent. I am always amazed by the range of characters Dick can sound like! Check out other books narrated by Dick Hill, by clicking on the NARRATOR hyper-link "Dick Hill".
The last book I read, prior to this book, narrated by Dick Hill was Tripwire written by Lee Child (also an excellent author and narrator combination).
If you like FBI characters, I highly recommend books with the character Pendergast (a FBI agent, independently wealthy, and not a stereotype FBI character) written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and books by Nelson DeMille. I suggest that you start with The Cabinet of Curiosities and The Lion';s Game (by the aforementioned authors respectively).
I have read a lot of the newer books by Connelly but this is really good. I love the Bosch books but have only listened to one other Terry McCaleb book. Very suspensful and well developed characters and plot. Really enjoyed it.
"Blood work kept my blood rushing"
What a thriller! Although it starts off slowly and takes several hours of listening to really grip you, once you are sucked into the story you will find that you can't put it down and must find out what happens next. Nothing is typical about this mystery and several surprises are in store. I found myself guessing (wrongly) who the killer was and was pleasantly surprised with the way the plot wove together. Great story. I was glad to have known nothing about the story beforehand so I'm purposely not writing anything about the story in this review other than to say if you enjoy a good thriller you will likely enjoy this one. It's not highly graphic and not the kind that makes you afraid of every bump you hear. Just a good, enjoyable thriller with unexpected plot twists and turns. Enjoy!
"Better than anticipated"
Always like to guess who the murderer is. This book kept me guessing until the end. Would definitely recommend.
"Can't go wrong with Connelly"
This book takes you on an emotional and suspenseful rollercoaster. Just when you think you have things figured out you're thrown through a loop. I have read all of Connelly's books on all his character series and Bloodwork is one of my favorites. You have an ex-FBI agent conducting his own investigation by his own rules and a genuinely original reason for doing so (don'ty want to spoil it for those who haven't heard it yet).
In addition, Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators because of the range of characters he can pull off.... women, hispanic, russian. I wish he narrated all of Connelly's books. You will not be disappointed in any way with Blood Work!
"5 stars only because 6 isn't an option."
The movie was pathetic. The book, amazing! Everything by Connelly is great and this is one of his best. Dick Hill is one of the best readers out there. I had this book when all you could get them on was cassette, and the truest test of a great audiobook is, would you buy it again to listen to it a second time. Money well spent. TWICE
Some of Connelly's books are better than others. This is a really good listen. There are some new characters in this story and lots of exciting action. I believe tis is the only Connelly novel that has been made into a movie.
"One of Michael Connelly's best!"
This great 1998 release was followed by the 2002 movie starring Clint Eastwood. Terry McCaleb is an ex-FBI agent who has had a recent heart transplant. He lives on a boat residing at Catalina Island. The action starts when he decides to investigate the still unresolved murder of his heart donor.
McCaleb returns and plays a major role in the Harry Bosch series novel A Darkness More than Night.
Despite being made into a Clint Eastwood movie Blood Work gets less attention than it deserves. Dick Hill does his usual stellar job of narration.
"Great Story and Excellent Narrator!"
This is a great story with lots of suspense and tension. I am a Michael Connelly fan and like the break this FBI agent Terrell McCaleb story gives to the Bosch series. Connelly knows how to weave a wicked web! The performance by Dick Hill is outstanding!
I haven't read/listen to the "Narrows" yet, but the story about McCaleb continues there. The preview that I heard sounded like another great Connelly story and shows how he weaves his stories and characters so that you get to know the recurring characters and you develop a vested interest the stories and the characters as well. Recommend!
"Entertaining from start to finish"
This was a great listen for this genre. The characters were well-developed and the story was surprising at times. Connelly is a solid writer and Dick Hill did a great job bringing the characters to life.
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