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Blood Work


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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of eleven acclaimed Harry Bosch thrillers and several stand-alone bestsellers, including most recently the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer.


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.)

Having made the best sellers lists with The Poet, Connelly waves goodbye to protagonist Harry Bosch and welcomes former FBI agent Terrill McCaleb, in retirement after a heart transplant. But he's back in action when he learns that the woman from whom he received the heart was murdered.

Blood Work is a detective thriller that seems to exploit the American obsession with the FBI and hunting serial killers. What makes a retired FBI agent and recent heart transplant recipient take up a case against his doctor's orders? A hunt for the killer of the woman who donated his new heart. As an FBI agent, McCaleb's specialty was serial killers. With the help of some of his old contacts,agent McCaleb goes on the trail of his donor's murderer. There are few twists in the tale, and McCaleb hunts his killer methodically, with an eye to detail that one can believe happens in real investigations. Michael Connelly tells the story completely chronologically, with few flashbacks or recapitulation. Although this is a work of fiction, there is a hint of truecrime style in Connelly's writing, and he is no doubt drawing upon his experience as police reporter for the Los Angeles Times. I found Connelly's writing to have a little too much explanatory description for my taste. His clear, linear style does ensure, however, that no reader will miss any detail in the plot or be in any confusion at the novel's end. Jane Watson-Brown is a freelance writer and reviewer. C. 1998 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

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