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Blood Work -- that's what Terrell McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Until a heart condition forced him to take early retirement, he headed all investigations of serial murders in the Los Angeles area. Now he is recovering from a heart transplant operation and leads a quiet life. But McCaleb's calm seas turn rough when a story in the L.A. Times brings him face-to-face with Graciela Rivers, a darkly intriguing woman who hooks him with the story of her sister's unsolved murder. Against doctor's orders and his...
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Blood Work -- that's what Terrell McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Until a heart condition forced him to take early retirement, he headed all investigations of serial murders in the Los Angeles area. Now he is recovering from a heart transplant operation and leads a quiet life. But McCaleb's calm seas turn rough when a story in the L.A. Times brings him face-to-face with Graciela Rivers, a darkly intriguing woman who hooks him with the story of her sister's unsolved murder. Against doctor's orders and his own better judgement, McCaleb agrees to take up the case. Soon Terry is on the trail of a killer whose crimes are more baffling and horrifying than anything he has ever encountered. It's a mind-bending, breakneck case that leads McCaleb into the darkest place he's ever known, unsure whether he even wants to survive his own investigation.
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Terrell McCaleb has been one of the brightest and most effective serial-killer investigators in the history of the FBI. But when he's sidelined by a heart-transplant operation, McCaleb decides to trade in his badge for a full-time position restoring his treasured yacht. But that proves short-lived, for soon Garciella Rivers, who is mourning her sister's brutal murder, convinces McCaleb to help her hunt down the elusive killer. Now that McCaleb is on the trail of an unpredictable and extremely dangerous madman, his own life is on the chopping block.
Los Angeles Times
The top of the class of new mystery writers.
Lambert
Compelling. . .A spine-tingling manhunt guaranteed to boost the blood pressure.
People
Paul Skenazy
A wonderfully taut read.
Washington Post Book World
From The Critics
A richly detailed and totally absorbing thriller. . . .Be prepared to read this one straight through. It's that good. Chicago Tribune
Lambert
Compelling. . .A spine-tingling manhunt guaranteed to boost the blood pressure. -- People (Page Turner of the Week)
Paul Skenazy
A wonderfully taut read. -- Washington Post Book World
Chicago Tribune
A richly detailed and totally absorbing thriller. . . .Be prepared to read this one straight through. It's that good.
Barry Forshaw
Familiar elements in Connelly's work are given a disorienting twist that's hard to pin down but makes for a smooth and involving read....As in his five Harry Bosch novels, the set-pieces are handled with panache, and McCaleb is a pleasingly vulnerable hero. -- Crime-Time
Pam Lambert
Compelling. . .A spine-tingling manhunt guaranteed to boost the blood pressure. -- People Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
Another of Connelly's volcanic lawmen confronts his nightmare double—the killer whose brutal crime saved the hero's life. Two years after a bad heart sidelined him from the FBI, Terry McCaleb gets another chance, and another heart, thanks to Gloria Torres, shot in a convenience store holdup. McCaleb's well on the way to recovery when Gloria's sister, emergency room nurse Graciela Rivers, tells him who donated his new heart and begs him to reopen Gloria's stalled case. The job seems impossible—after all, what kinds of clues could the LAPD or McCaleb dig up on a random crime of opportunity?—but longtime fans of Connelly's nailbiters will know that the holdup is anything but random.

They won't be surprised when McCourt, scrutinizing a videotape of the robbery, picks up telltale details the cops never spotted, or when he sees that Gloria's murder is only part of a pattern of killings. From here on in, though, it's best not to say too much about Connelly's bag of tricks. Once the suspect McCaleb's confronted attacks him (painful stuff for a convalescent whose cardiologist warned him that the excitement of the chase alone was enough to put him back in the hospital) and takes off, McCaleb, fortified by his budding romance with Graciela and his delight in Gloria's seven-year-old son Raymond, hunkers down with a jumble of surveillance tapes, fortuitous eyewitnesses and earwitnesses, and tiny discrepancies that open up big breaks in the case. But the closer McCourt gets to his quarry, the more closely he fits the profile of the killer himself—a coincidence not lost on the cops who've resented his involvement all along. A tormented hero, a canny and malicious killer,endlessly patient detective work alternating with dark threats and tense action scenes: Connelly seems bent on wiring together every clich‚ of the mano-a-mano genre and juicing them till they sing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561007639
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Terry McCaleb Series, #1
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.07 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in Florida.

Biography

Best known for his dark police procedurals featuring the tough, complex and emotionally scarred LAPD detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, Michael Connelly has been called "infernally ingenious" (The New York Times), "one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style" (USA Today) and "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (The Los Angeles Times).

Consistently exquisite prose and engrossing storylines play an integral role in his swelling success. However, Connelly believes that solid character development is the most important key. As he explained to MagnaCumMurder.com, "I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multi-faceted. The opposite is not true."

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Connelly attended the University of Florida; there he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler -- author of many classic Los Angeles-based noir dramas such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely. The cases of Philip Marlowe inspired Connelly to be a crime novelist -- and by studying journalism, he put himself in the perfect position. "I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about -- police and criminals, the criminal justice system," he told MagnaCumMurder.com.

After graduation, Connelly worked the crime beat for two Florida newspapers. When a story he and a colleague wrote about the disastrous 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 was short-listed for the Pulitzer, Connelly landed a gig in Marlowe's backyard, covering crime for one of the nation's largest newspapers -- The Los Angeles Times. Three years later, Harry Bosch was introduced in The Black Echo, which earned Connelly the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Connelly has since won every major mystery honor, including the Anthony (The Poet, Blood Work) and the Macavity Award (Blood Work).

While Connelly has written stand-alone novels that don't feature his tragic protagonist Harry Bosch, he is best identified by his rigid, contentious and fiery -- but also immensely skilled and compassionate -- detective. According to The Boston Globe, the Bosch series "raises the hard-boiled detective novel to a new level...adding substance and depth to modern crime fiction."

Called "one of the most compelling, complex protagonists in recent crime fiction" (Newsweek) and "a terrific...wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames -- and suffer the pain for the rest of us" (The New York Times Book Review), Bosch faces unforgettable horrors every day -- either on the street or in his own mind. "Bosch is making up for wrongs done to him when he rights wrongs as a homicide detective," Connelly explained in an interview with his publisher. "In a way, he is an avenging angel."

Bosch is clearly a product of his deadly, unforgiving environment. "The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work," said Connelly in the same interview. With each passing novel, Bosch looks deeper and deeper into the abyss; and readers continue to return to see just how far he will gaze.

Good To Know

  • Michael Connelly received a huge career boost in 1994 when then President Bill Clinton was photographed walking out of a Washington bookstore with a copy of The Concrete Blonde under his arm. Connelly remarked to USA Today, "In the six years I've been writing books, that is the biggest thrill I've had."

  • Real events have always inspired Connelly's plots. His novel Blood Work was inspired by a friend who underwent transplant surgery and was coping with survivor's guilt, knowing someone had died in order for him to live. The book was later developed into a feature film starring Clint Eastwood, Angelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels.

  • One of Connelly's writing professors at the University of Florida was cult novelist Harry Crews.

  • Connelly named his most famous character after the 15th Century Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. As he told Bookends UK in an interview, Bosch "created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a ‘world gone mad' feel to many of his works, including one called ‘Hell' -- of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write." Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Connelly:

    "I wrote a mystery story as a class paper in high school. It was called The Perfect Murder. The protagonist's named was McEvoy, a name I later used for the protagonist in The Poet. Being a witness to a crime when I was 16 was what made me interested in crime novels and mystery stories."

    "I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes."

    "Everything I want people to know about me is in my books."

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      1. Hometown:
        Sarasota, Florida
      1. Date of Birth:
        July 21, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      1. Education:
        B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
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    First Chapter



    CHAPTER ONE

    McCaleb saw her before she saw him. He was coming down the main dock, past the row of millionaires' boats, when he saw the woman standing in the stern of The Following Sea. It was half past ten on a Saturday morning and the warm whisper of spring had brought a lot of people out to the San Pedro docks. McCaleb was finishing the walk he took every morning--completely around Cabrillo Marina, out along the rock jetty and back. He was huffing by this part of the walk, but he slowed his pace even more as he approached the boat. His first feeling was annoyance--the woman had boarded his boat uninvited. But as he got closer, he put that aside and wondered who she was and what she wanted.

    She wasn't dressed for boating. She had on a loose summer dress that came to mid-thigh. The breeze off the water threatened to lift it and so she kept one hand at her side to keep it down. McCaleb couldn't see her feet yet but he guessed by the taut lines of the muscles he saw in her brown legs that she wasn't wearing boat shoes. She had raised heels on. McCaleb's immediate read was that she was there to make some kind of impression on someone.

    McCaleb was dressed to make no impression at all. He had on an old pair of jeans ripped by wear, not for style, and a T-shirt from the Catalina Gold Cup tournament a few summers before. The clothes were spattered with stains--mostly fish blood, some of his own blood, marine polyurethane and engine oil. They had served him as both fishing and work clothes. His plan was to use the weekend to work on the boat and he was dressed accordingly.

    He became more self-conscious about his appearance as he drew closer to the boat and could see the woman better. He pulled the foam pads of his portable off his ears and turned off the CD in the middle of Howlin' Wolf singing "I Ain't Superstitious."

    "Can I help you?" he asked before stepping down into his own boat.

    His voice seemed to startle her and she turned away from the sliding door that led into the boat's salon. McCaleb figured she had knocked on the glass and was waiting, expecting him to be inside.

    "I'm looking for Terrell McCaleb."

    She was an attractive woman in her early thirties, a good decade or so younger than McCaleb. There was a sense of familiarity about her but he couldn't quite place it. It was one of those deja vu things. At the same time he felt the stir of recognition, it quickly flitted away and he knew he was mistaken, that he did not know this woman. He remembered faces. And hers was nice enough not to forget.

    She had mispronounced the name, saying Mc-Cal-ub instead of Mc-Kay-Leb, and used the formal first name that no one ever used except the reporters. That's when he began to understand. He knew now what had brought her to the boat. Another lost soul come to the wrong place.

    "McCaleb," he corrected. "Terry McCaleb."

    "Sorry. I, uh, I thought maybe you were inside. I didn't know if it was okay to walk on the boat and knock."

    "But you did anyway."

    She ignored the reprimand and went on. It was as if what she was doing and what she had to say had been rehearsed.

    "I need to talk to you."

    "Well, I'm kind of busy at the moment."

    He pointed to the open bilge hatch she was lucky not to have fallen into and the tools he had left spread out on a drop cloth by the stern transom.

    "I've been walking around, looking for this boat, for almost an hour," she said. "It won't take long. My name is Graciela Rivers and I wanted--"

    "Look, Miss Rivers," he said, holding his hands up and interrupting. "I'm really ... You read about me in the newspaper, right?" She nodded.

    "Well, before you start your story, I have to tell you, you're not the first one to come out here and find me or to get my number and call me. And I'm just going to tell you what I told all of the others. I'm not looking for a job. So if this is about you wanting to hire me or have me help you some way, I'm sorry, but I can't do it. I'm not looking for that kind of work."

    She didn't say anything and he felt a pang of sympathy for her, just as he had for the others who had come to him before her.

    "Look, I do know a couple of private investigators I can recommend. Good ones that will work hard and won't rip you off."

    He stepped over to the stern gunwale, picked up the sunglasses he had forgotten to take on his walk and put them on, signaling the end of the conversation. But the gesture and his words went by her.

    "The article said you were good. It said you hated it whenever somebody got away."

    He put his hands in his pockets and hiked his shoulders.

    "You have to remember something. It was never me alone. I had partners, I had the lab teams, I had the whole bureau behind me. It's a lot different than one guy running around out there on his own. A lot different. I probably couldn't help you even if I wanted to."

    She nodded and he thought that he had gotten through to her and that would be the end of this one. He started thinking about the valve job on one of the boat's engines that he'd planned to complete over the weekend.

    But he was wrong about her.

    "I think you could help me," she said. "Maybe help yourself, too."

    "I don't need the money. I do okay."

    "I'm not talking about money."

    He looked at her for a beat before replying.

    "I don't know what you mean by that," he said, injecting exasperation into his voice. "But I can't help you. I've got no badge anymore and I'm not a private investigator. It would be illegal for me to act as one or to accept money without a state license. If you read the story in the paper, then you know what happened to me. I'm not even supposed to be driving a car."

    He pointed toward the parking lot beyond the row of docks and the gangway.

    "You see the one wrapped up like a Christmas present? That's mine. It's sitting there until I get my doctor's approval to drive again. What kind of investigator would that make me? I'd be taking the bus."

    She ignored his protest and just looked at him with a resolute expression that unnerved him. He didn't know how he was going to get her off the boat.

    "I'll go get those names for you."

    He walked around her and slid open the salon door. After going in, he pulled the door shut behind him. He needed the separation. He went to the drawers below the chart table and began looking for his phone book. He hadn't needed it in so long he wasn't sure where it was. He glanced out through the door and watched her step to the stern and lean her hips against the transom as she waited.

    There was reflective film on the glass of the door. She couldn't see him watching her. The sense of familiarity came over him again and he tried to place her face. He found her very striking. Dark almond-shaped eyes that seemed both sad and understanding of some secret at the same time. He knew he would easily remember if he had ever met her or even just observed her before. But nothing came. His eyes instinctively went to her hands in search of a ring. There was none. He had been right about her shoes. She wore sandals with two-inch cork heels. Her toenails were painted pink and showed off against her soft brown skin. He wondered if this was how she looked all the time, or if she had dressed to entice him into taking the job.

    He found his phone book in the second drawer and quickly looked up the names Jack Lavelle and Tom Kimball. He wrote their names and numbers on an old marine service flier and opened the slider. She was opening her purse as he stepped out. He held up the paper. Here are two names. Lavelle is LAPD retired and Kimball was with the bureau. I worked with both and either will do a good job for you. Pick one and call. Make sure you tell him you got his name from me. He'll take care of you."

    She didn't take the names from him. Instead she pulled a photo out of her purse and handed it to him. McCaleb took it without thinking. He realized immediately that this was a mistake. In his hand was a photo of a smiling woman watching a small boy blowing out candles on a birthday cake. McCaleb counted seven candles. At first he thought it was a picture of Rivers a few years younger. But then he realized it wasn't her. The woman in the photo had a rounder face and thinner lips. She wasn't as beautiful as Graciela Rivers. Though both had deep brown eyes, the eyes of the woman in the photo did not have the same intensity as the eyes of the woman now watching him.

    "Your sister?"

    "Yes. And her son."

    "Which one?"

    "What?"

    "Which one is dead?"

    The question was his second mistake, compounding the first by drawing him further in. He knew the moment he asked it that he should have just insisted that she take the names of the two private detectives and been done with it.

    "My sister Gloria Torres. We called her Glory. That's her son, Raymond." He nodded and handed the photo back but she didn't take it. He knew she wanted him to ask what had happened but he was finally putting on the brakes.

    "Look, this isn't going to work," he finally said. "I know what you're doing. It doesn't work on me."

    "You mean you have no sympathy?"

    He hesitated as the anger boiled up in his throat.

    "I have sympathy. You read the newspaper story, you know what happened to me. Sympathy was my problem all along."

    He swallowed it back and tried to clear away any ill feeling. He knew she was consumed by horrible frustrations. McCaleb had known hundreds of people like her. Loved ones taken from them without reason. No arrests, no convictions, no closure. Some or them were left zombies, their lives irrevocably changed. Lost souls. Graciela Rivers was one of them now. She had to be or she wouldn't have tracked him down. He knew that no matter what she said to him or how angry he got, she didn't deserve to be hit with his own frustrations as well. "Look," he said. "I just can't do this. I'm sorry."

    He put a hand on her arm to lead her back to the dock step. Her skin was warm. He felt the strong muscle beneath the softness. He offered the photo again but she still refused to take it.

    "Look at it again. Please. Just one more time and then I'll leave you alone. Tell me if you feel anything else?"

    He shook his head and made a feeble hand gesture as if to say it made no difference to him.

    "I was an FBI agent, not a psychic."

    But he made a show of holding the photo up and looking at it anyway. The woman and the boy seemed happy. It was a celebration. Seven candles. McCaleb remembered that his parents were still together when he turned seven. But not much longer. His eyes were drawn to the boy more than the woman. He wondered how the boy would get along now without his mother.

    "I'm sorry, Miss Rivers. I really am. But there is nothing I can do for you. Do you want this back or not?"

    "I have a double of it. You know, two for the price of one. I thought you'd want to keep that one."

    For the first time he felt the undertow in the emotional current. There was something else at play but he didn't know what. He looked closely at Graciela Rivers and had the sense that if he took another step, asked the obvious question, he would be pulled under. He couldn't help himself.

    "Why would I want to keep it if I'm not going to be able to help you?"

    She smiled in a sad sort of way.

    "Because she's the woman who saved your life. I thought from time to time you might want to remind yourself of what she looked like, who she was."

    He stared at her for a long moment but he wasn't really looking at Graciela Rivers. He was looking inward, running what she had just said through memory and knowledge and coming up short of its meaning.

    "What are you talking about?"

    It was all he could manage to ask. He had the sense that control of the conversation and everything else was tilting away from him and sliding across the deck to her. The undertow had him now. It was carrying him out.

    She raised her hand but reached past the photo he was still holding out to her. She placed her palm on his chest and ran it down the front of his shirt, her fingers tracing the thick rope of the scar beneath. He let her do it. He stood there frozen and let her do it.

    "Your heart," she said. "It was my sister's. She was the one who saved your life."

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    Interviews & Essays

    On Thursday, March 5th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Michael Connelly to discuss BLOOD WORK.


    Moderator: Welcome, Mr. Connelly. Thank you for joining us. How are things this evening?

    Michael Connelly: They're fine. I'm in a hotel room in Portland. I just came from a Barnes & Noble about a half hour ago, where I signed books.


    Alex Phills from Hightown, NJ: Does Terry McCaleb have traits from any other characters you've read in literature?

    Michael Connelly: I would say he must, but none that I can put my finger on. But I think all my characters, Harry Bosch in particular, were influenced by the books I've read and loved.


    Greg Marrs from NYC: This is a great premise for a book that you've come up with! Where did the heart transplant idea come from that you used in BLOOD WORK?

    Michael Connelly: The desire to write about a heart transplant has been sitting in my head for several years, since a good friend of mine received a heart transplant. And seeing the physical and emotional changes that he went through sort of inspired me to one day write about it. It wasn't until a few years passed by that the premise of how to use that in a crime novel came to me, and that is when I decided to write the story that became BLOOD WORK.


    Chris H. from Ithaca, NY: Do you believe in regulation of the violence shown on television? What if one of your movies was optioned for a TV movie? Would you let the networks tone it down?

    Michael Connelly: I think I personally don't see any problems with the warnings that they have at the beginning of shows, and that's probably because I recently became a father, and it stems from my sheltering ideas for my daughter. It is a part of the game that if you sell your books to a movie or TV studio, you are allowing them to do what they want. You don't have a say in the matter. I have sold my books to movie studios, so it is their turn to tell the story how they want. One of my books, THE POET, was a pretty dark book and dealt with child endangerment. It is being prepared for production as an HBO movie, and I know that they have already toned down the child-endangerment aspects of the book. I don't have a problem with that.


    Fred Tombes from Alberta, BC: Who of your contemporaries do you like to read?

    Michael Connelly: James Lee Burke and Lawrence Block are two whose books I never miss. I like reading fellow L.A. writers like Robert Crais, Jan Burke, and a new writer named Eddie Little. Another favorite of mine is George Pelecanos. But I'm always looking for new voices in mystery, for the hot new book.


    Kayla from Texas: My 7-year-old is writing stories constantly. Most of them are about himself being a superhero, and he calls them "Super Chase." How do I continue to encourage him to write?

    Michael Connelly: I think a good way would be to also encourage him to read, because reading is the best way to learn how stories work and how to write them. I wrote stories as a little kid, and my mom turned me into a voracious reader, and I doubt I'd be a writer now if I hadn't been such a reader.


    John from Vancouver, Washington: Does BLOOD WORK have the same character as THE LAST COYOTE?

    Michael Connelly: No. A new character.


    Paula Fletcher from Virgina: What got you interested in mystery writing -- have you tried other genres?

    Michael Connelly: I've never tried other genres, nor do I have a desire to. From my earliest days as a reader, dating back to reading Hardy Boys novels, I've just been fascinated with mysteries.


    Jamie Clark from Glastonbury, CT: Will you be doing any book signings/appearances in the New England area anytime soon? Also, will you be bringing back Jack McEvoy?

    Michael Connelly: I'm at a Barnes & Noble in Framingham at the end of this month, March 27th. That wil be my first trip to New England, as far as promoting books. I hope to bring back Jack someday. I just need the right story to do it, and so far it hasn't hit me.


    Curious from LIC: Just wondering if you are a fan of Nelson DeMille? Did you read PLUM ISLAND? Another story of a detective on the trail of a criminal while in recovery and supposed "retirement." Very different stories, but I thought of the connection, so I thought I'd ask. Thanks!

    Michael Connelly: No, I haven't read that book, and I'm not too familiar with DeMille, but I'm sure there are many books that follow a similar path. In writing mysteries, it is very hard to find an original idea, so what you try to do is bring some original thought to an old idea. I hope I did that with BLOOD WORK.


    Harry Vicaro from Los Angeles: You were once a police reporter. Were there worse things that you saw on that beat than you have written about in your books?

    Michael Connelly: I was out on the streets a lot during the riots in 1992 and saw a lot of bizarre and awful things, and I've never really captured the surreal atmosphere of those nights in a book. It is something I want to do someday.


    mary.keller@cna.com from Los Angeles, CA: Last year I was privileged to meet Mr. Connelly at the L.A. Times Book Fair at UCLA. Will he be attending and signing again this year?

    Michael Connelly: Unfortunately, I'll be in Europe on a book tour. I'm sorry to miss it, because it is a very good and enjoyable festival.


    John from Vancouver, WA: Are you doing any more signings in the Portland area before leaving?

    Michael Connelly: I'm doing a reading tonight at Powell's in Beaverton, 7pm.


    Veronica Barnes from New London, CT: If you could go out to dinner and drinks with Harry Bosch, what would you guys talk about? What would he order?

    Michael Connelly: It's kind of like I do that every night. [Laughs] We might talk about jazz, and I might want to ask him about why he is so unyielding in his moral code. Why he never practices the philosophy of "go along to get along." Because I think that is what makes him interesting to me as a writer. In real life we all make compromises with ourselves, but Harry doesn't, and it usually ends up costing him. A beer! But I think Harry's a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. And if he ordered a steak, it would be well done. [Laughs]


    Tom Bishop from Stamford, CT: Where do you draw your inspiration from? What about Terry McCaleb drew you away from standby Harry Bosch?

    Michael Connelly: What I want to do as a writer, and what I want to say, I think I can say through Harry Bosch, but it is my duty and my burden to make sure Harry stays fresh and interesting. I have found that one of the best ways of doing this is to take time away from him and do something else. So writing about a new character, like Terry, is fun and also therapeutic, and ultimately helps make Harry Bosch better the next time. I anm just finishing a Harry Bosch novel now that will be out near the end of this year or early next year.


    Anne from Toronto: I notice all the mystery writers you mention are American. Do you have any favorites from the British scene?

    Michael Connelly: Yes, I do: Peter Robinson, John Harvey, Ian Rankin, and Val McDermott.


    Mark from NYC: How has the Internet impacted your life?

    Michael Connelly: I think it has impacted it in that it has helped spread word about my work through venues like this and other chats that I've done and so forth. As a writer, it has given me something to explore in terms of its uses in books. The Internet has played a part in my books THE POET and, to a limited extent, BLOOD WORK. It plays a big part in the Harry Bosch novel I am just finishing up now.


    Will Schott from Cleveland: How are you enjoying being a dad? Does writing afford you a lot of time to be with your family?

    Michael Connelly: I am enjoying it quite a bit, and yes, I am very fortunate in that I have a job where I can set my schedule and I can also work at home. So I am around my daughter quite a bit. Except when I'm on tour, like right now.


    Steven Shonts from Jonesboro, GA: Which writer or author inspired you to become an author?

    Michael Connelly: Raymond Chandler. I discovered his books while I was in college at the University of Florida. That was when I pointed my schooling in the direction of me becoming a writer.


    John from Vancouver, WA: Are there any movie plans based on Harry Bosch?

    Michael Connelly: There is a lot of interest in Hollywood, but it seems things never get started. The first four Bosch books have been optioned by the studios, but they are in what they call the development stages, so in my mind it is still a long shot.


    Curious from LIC: What is the significance of Harry's real first name, "Hieronymous"?

    Michael Connelly: He is named after a painter from the 15th century, who painted some very bizarre canvases. I happened to study him a little in college, and the work always stayed with me. When I was creating this Bosch character, I used the name because I think in a way the painter's work could be seen as metaphorical for today's Los Angeles.


    Howie from Nashville: What book was the most fun to write?

    Michael Connelly: Probably THE LAST COYOTE, because it was a book I knew I would write from the beginning, a story I knew I had to tell about Harry Bosch. I waited four books to write it, so when the time finally came to do it, I was very happy and excited to write it. I think it is still my favorite book.


    Roger B. from Miami, FL: What kind of mindset do you have to be in to write about brutal crimes?

    Michael Connelly: I think any kind of mindset. You just have to want to say something about it, not just write about brutality for the sake of brutality. I like to explore the reasons behind things happening. It is a fact of life, and I know from my own experience as a reporter that the cruelest things on earth are people, and that to me is a fascinating concept that can be and should be explored. I think that is why mysteries or crime novels are one of the most popular genres of books going these days.


    Jim Donovan from abroad in Ecuador: What mysteries did you read as a kid? Do you remember your favorite Hardy Boys mystery? How about the Boxcar Children?

    Michael Connelly: I didn't read the Boxcar Children, and the Hardy Boys are really far back there in the mist. I remember the MYSTERY OF THE FLYING EXPRESS. Since I remember the title, maybe that was my favorite one?


    Christopher Hardt from NYC: Do you ever write short stories or other types of pieces? Or do you stick to novels? What is it about the novel format that interests you?

    Michael Connelly: I haven't written a short story yet. I'd like to do it sometime, but I think I'm kind of intimidated by it. I wrote an essay about becoming a father for an L.A. magazine last year. Other than that it has just been the novels.


    Mark from NYC: TRUNK MUSIC really put you on the map with a lot of people. Do you welcome the recognition?

    Michael Connelly: Sure. I think writers obviously seek to be published because they want people to read their stories. So as the books become more popular, it is obviously more fulfilling to me as a writer. This is not to say that's why I do it, because I think I'd still be writing these stories even if I had a minuscule audience. I feel it is something I should do, because I enjoy it.


    Francine Wilkes from Los Angeles: Does good still win out over evil in this world anymore? It sure doesn't seem that way -- in fact, human morals are on the decline, big time. How do you reconcile this within yourself, that the material you draw upon to compose your novels stems from the unraveling of people's morals?

    Michael Connelly: Well, I think in your question is the value of mystery novels, because you are right -- the moral fabric is unraveling, yet if you pick up a mystery novel, 95 percent of the time, right overcomes wrong, good overcomes evil, and therefore these books can in a way reinforce those notions that good should win. And they can be reassuring to us. For example, in L.A., where you and I live, the criminal justice system is suspect at best and is arguably completely broken down, when people get away with murder and other things. So it is sometimes good to enter a fictional world, where someone believes in a moral code and sticks to it, like Harry Bosch. I find that reassuring. Maybe that's why I write about him.


    Sal Marinello from Ft. Lauderdale: I remember your bylines from when you wrote for the papers down here. I see that you've moved on to full-time writing -- do you miss the journalism beat?

    Michael Connelly: I actually miss my days at the Fort Lauderdale News, because it was a very fun time, and I was new to the business. But overall, I don't miss being a daily journalist. It was a good and fun job, but I think what I'm doing now is better and a lot more fun.


    Mike from Winston-Salem, NC: McCaleb is a highly interesting character. How would he interact with Harry Bosch?

    Michael Connelly: I think they are kindred souls. I think Bosch is a little more reckless, a little more psychologically damaged, but I think they would work well together if they were on an investigation, and someday I want to come up with an idea where that might happen.


    Veronica Chin from Dayton, Ohio: So what did it feel like to win the Edgar Award? Congratulations. That is prestigious company. Where do you keep your awards?

    Michael Connelly: It was a thrill to win it, especially for my first book. It was a great way to start out. I keep the actual award on a shelf in my office. Edgar sort of looks over me as I write.


    Ben O. from Slam Magazine: Many mystery and crime writers love New York for its characters and setting. Why do you like to use L.A.? What is it about that place that makes it a worthy backdrop?

    Michael Connelly: L.A. is many different cities and societies in one. It is also on the front edge of all things good and bad about society. My wife calls it "having front-row seats on the apocalypse." But the point is, if something is going to happen in our society, or in one of our cities, there is a good chance it is going to happen in L.A. or New York, so this makes these great places to write about.


    Moderator: Thank you again for setting aside some of your time for us this evening, Mr. Connelly. We enjoyed having you as our guest. Any final thoughts or remarks before we go?

    Michael Connelly: I am just happy that there is this kind of interest in the discussion of books. Generally in the media, the discussion of books is sort of usurped by more popular kinds of media, like movies and music, so it is neat that on the Internet there is this niche for book discussion. Goodnight to all. Thanks.


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    • Posted September 25, 2011

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      Blood Work

      There are two things that I feel about Michael Connelly (1) he's my favorite mystery writer and (2) it's impossible for me to pick a favorite of his (I have been reading his books in chronological order and I just finished Blood Work, obviously). However, it's safe to say that Blood Work, so far, is my least favorite of Connelly's novels. Not that it was bad, because on a suspense and mystery level, my interests were always piqued. However, I found the character of McCaleb to be too much like Harry Bosch, even though Bosch is more developed because there are so much more books about him. Despite this one problem that I have about the book, I would recommend this book to all of those who love Connelly and mystery itself.

      13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 24, 2011

      Good read

      It was fun and worth the money and time, but I kept remembering the movie and expected the book to end the same way.

      5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 9, 2012

      Another Classic Connelly Tale

      If you've seen the Clint Eastwood movie, the book is different. Early on it reads so similar to the movie (in fact often line for line), but it goes off in another direction with a different ending. I loved both the book and the movie. If you like Connelly, don't pass this one by.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 25, 2012

      Loved this book. Caught my attention from page one and hated to

      Loved this book. Caught my attention from page one and hated to see it end. I found myself actually wanting to know the characters. If you like mystery, you should definitely read this.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 28, 2012

      GREAT BOOK!!!

      Love all of Michael Connelly - This book was no exception

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 5, 2012

      Love Michael Connelly's work

      Saw the movie first and then read the book. Movie wasn't close to the book's full intent. Must have made the author a bit gun shy of allowing another of his works hit the big screen, although they did a much better job with The Lincoln Lawyer than I would have expected. Please Michael, protect Heironymus for all you are worth!!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 10, 2010

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      Connelly is one of the best.

      Read this after having read some of the Harry Bosch novels. Connelly has the ability to create different heroes with distinct personalities and maintain that distinction as he weaves them in and out of successive stories. The intersection of the characters' lives in various books adds interest and credibility to the series. Enjoyed this and am looking forward to more. So far, have never been disappointed with any of Connelly's books. I'd also recommend the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 16, 2009

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      MICHAEL CONNELLY'S BOOKS ARE LIKE RIDING A ROLLER COASTER!

      You're cautious about jumping on any new book, but when you open a Michael Connelly story, you hold on tight, take a deep breath, and forget to exhale until the ride is finished! I only have his first two books to find and read, I'm already rereading most of the others while I wait for the local library to get to me on a very long wait list for the 9th Dragon! If I had a job I would buy every one of his books and keep as prized possessions. In a personal life that is sometimes sadly overwhelming, his books keep me going, and going. BLOODWORK is gripping!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 3, 2004

      Mind-Blowing Thriller

      I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. I was riveted to it from start to finish. I finished it in only two sittings because I couldn't stop turning the pages. You are constantly trying to guess whodunit, but when you reach the end...I won't spoil anything for you, but let me tell you this one-word, UNBELIEVABLE! This book is one heck of a ride.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 16, 2003

      Justice Delivered

      Michael Connelly delivers a riveting story of vengeance in BLOOD WORK. Connelly successfully puts the reader into the mind of the main protagonist, ex-FBI agent and profiler Terrell McCaleb, as McCaleb goes methodically through his investigative paces to uncover clues to solve three brutal cold-blooded murders by a souless, evil killer. Though slowed by his recent heart transplant surgery, McCaleb turns relentless in his quest to hunt down a murderer that he considers the embodiment of evil. McCaleb understandably re-enters crimefighting with some initial trepidations, despite his connection to one of the victims, but caution gives way to accelerating action when he discovers that he also has a macabre link to the villian. If you found vicarious satisfaction in John "Lilly" Lelankevitch's merciless crime-fighting spree in the novel, EVIL, BE GONE, then you'll also get caught up in Connelly's BLOOD WORK!---Robert John Estko, the author of EVIL, BE GONE

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 30, 2013

      Second Half of the Book is a Page Turner

      Connelly's books are genuinely good. As with all of his books (and some other authors) the first half is establishing the character. The second half is taut and captivating. This one followed the same suit. It took me several weeks to go through the first half. It is not as quick as patterson or cornwell. But it gradually built steam until it reached a crescendo. The ending was very good. Did not see it coming, at least the "first" ending. The conclusion was a bit predictable.
      Loved the premise of the flawed protagonist. A former FBI agent who had his heart replacement surgery via a donated from a woman who was tragically killed in a store hold up. He is guilted by the victim's sister in to looking in to her murder. After just having his surgery months before he is guilted in to accepting. Along the way we find the typical characters: the arrogant and uncooperative police, The bulldozing FBI., The sympathetic insider, the potential love interest and the side kick for comic relief.
      So far read three of his introductions for his characters, Terry McCaleb the FBI agent, Harry Bosch, the cop and Mickey Haller the defense attorney (who gets a nod in this book). I liked the Mickey Haller initial outing better. But I like this author enough to continue. His books that introduce his characters can be long winded but it allows for character development. So as they grow we see the growth and see them maturing fleshing them out.
      His characters are a bit grittier than Patterson's. They do not read as quickly as Patterson's. But they are just as enjoyable.
      Looking forward to the second books for each character.

      -JReed2430

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 21, 2012

      Fang

      Nodds

      1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 25, 2012

      Boring

      I normally like this genre and this author, but I found myself bored and skimming through the book early on. I finally just gave up. What a disappointment!
      Mad Cricket

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 4, 2010

      my 1st M.Connelly book

      I really liked this thriller (wasnt scarey} just kept ya guessing and my husband told me this was made into a movie and Clint Eastwood was Terry McCaleb (in which I havent seen the movie) but it so fits a Clint Eastwood charactor. I cant wait to read the next one in this series.and see the movie.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 26, 2009

      Exciting

      I absoultely love anything Michael Connelly writes. I think my favorite was Lincoln Lawyer. This was not a disappointment. FBI agent McCaleb's character kept me glued to this book. I just love that guy. I sure would not have expected the ending to be what it was. Who would have tought of this plot. I am thinking, could this really happen out there in the "real world"? With the right contacts, maybe. This is one exciting book!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 16, 2003

      The Book is Great - Stay Away From the Movie

      I loved 'Blood Work' - my first introduction to Terry McCaleb after spending the last year or so following the adventures of Connelly's other main man, Harry Borsch. But I need to warn anyone thinking of seeing the movie version. The liberties that Clint Eastwood took with this great story were totally inexcusable and downright painful to watch. On second thought, since misery does love company, go see it!!! You will not believe which of Connelly's characters the screenwriter decided to make the killer - I'm still annoyed thinking about it.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2014

      Great read as always!

      I love all Michael Connelly's work. This book is no exception. He always leaves me wanting more.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 19, 2013

      Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

      I love all of Michael Connelly's books!!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 25, 2013

      Very good read!

      I truly enjoyed Blood Work by Michael Connelly. Cool twists and turns in the plot. Interesting. Highly recommended.

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    • Posted September 4, 2013

      I had a hard time putting this book down. So happy that Michael

      I had a hard time putting this book down. So happy that Michael Connelly had started another character who puts you right into the suspense and mystery that Terry McCaleb has to get involved with. I highly recommend it and hope there are more Terry McCaleb books to come.

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