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The Safe Man: A Ghost Story [NOOK Book]

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Published for the first time under his own name, a dark and haunting story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to...
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Overview

Published for the first time under his own name, a dark and haunting story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

In this haunting and singular story, previously published anonymously, Michael Connelly proves once again that he is "superb at building suspense.... the reader can never be sure what sudden turns the plot may take" (Wall Street Journal).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316233682
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 47
  • Sales rank: 10,360
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly
Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and 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
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 1, 2012

      Only 42 pages long!!!

      I buy a lot of boss from Barnes and Noble and really get posed of when they don't tell you what you are getting ahead of time when it comes to the size of the book. I would never buy a book only 42 pages long I'd I knew about it ahead of time!!!! Barnes and Noble should indicate the number of printed pages ahead of time. Telling us the number of words our the s size of the pdf file is not helpful.

      68 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 29, 2012

      Unhappy

      Didn't know it was a short story. Wish I could get a refund, B&N is misleading it's customers. I would NOT recommend this book

      60 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 29, 2012

      Anonymous

      Wish I had known this was a short story (42 pages), and not that great. I felt like I was reading a free sample.

      52 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 3, 2012

      A s A very short story

      Thought i was at rhe end if the first chspter.not a good buy. Disappointing.

      18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 8, 2012

      To those complaining about the size of the book I would say that

      To those complaining about the size of the book I would say that the product details clearly states the number of pages in the book. I always check that before I buy. To Barnes and Noble I would say that $ 1.99 is too much to charge loyal customers for a short story of 47 pages. But I'm still a Nook fan and a loyal customer.

      14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 4, 2012

      Unique Ghost Story

      Different type of ghost story, made it very interesting. I found myself thinking about it and what the rammifications of this type of ghost might be.

      11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 19, 2012

      Not so good

      These short stories leave a lot to be desired. They are nothing but a hook to get you to buy the book being previewed. 34 of the 94 pages are the purchased work while the remainder is dedicated to a preview of "The Black Box".

      8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 19, 2012

      Wow!

      Anticipated the ending just before I got there, but tingled anyway. Would love to read this as a full length novel.

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2012

      Page counts!!!

      I agree. Page count should be included.

      8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 11, 2012

      Waste of money

      This book is only 30 pages & is a waste of money

      8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 28, 2012

      Just right--check it out!

      Written in Michael Connelly's excellent prose, this is a tidy little short story with great character development. This is a mystery and not a horror story for anyone with a penchant for gore.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 14, 2012

      Check this out for Connelly fans

      Great short story - providing the usual intrigue and leading you down one path only to discover the "truth". Enjoyable short story

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 7, 2013

      more from this reviewer

      Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite ¿The Safe Man¿ in

      Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

      “The Safe Man” introduces readers to Brian Holloway, a locksmith soon to become a father. Brian was called to the home of an author, Mr. Robinette, to open an antique floor safe; he not only wanted the safe opened but removed from his home. Mr. Robinette insisted the door to the safe be placed with the trash; having recognized the workmanship of the door of the safe, Brian returned to the estate to retrieve the door. Later the police come to question Brian concerning Mr. Robinette’s missing daughter.

      “The Safe Man” proves the depth of Michael Connelly’s talent. The author is well known for a series of books with Harry Bosch as the leading character. “The Safe Man” is a haunting, compelling read. I would recommend the author compile this short story and others into an anthology. Although this is a ghost story it displays a sense of realism. The descriptions are superb and the plot is filled with crafty twists and turns. This tale is not scary but has a quality of eeriness. Once again Michael Connelly has provided evidence of talent for character development, creating a perceptiveness of place and worthy story lines. The ending left me questioning – if Brian knew what was going to happen in the future how far would he go to make changes. This tale was originally published under an assumed name. I am left to wonder what other treasures Michael Connelly has hidden away; perhaps some day he will treat us to another of his ghost stories. We can only hope.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 28, 2012

      Check it out

      Short but sweet.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2012

      J I California

      It stinks

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2012

      not impressed

      No character development

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 10, 2013

      Very good read

      Really enjoyed this book very good.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 25, 2013

      Excellent read.

      Connelly has to be at the top of the list for mystery, action, detectives, etc.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 12, 2013

      I'm partial to Michael Connolly so take my rating for what it's

      I'm partial to Michael Connolly so take my rating for what it's worth.

      For all those complaining about the length, it was clearly stated at 47 pages and "novella", so I don't know why people were expecting a full length novel. And $1.99 is about right for a novella.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 6, 2014

      I don't usually like short stories, but this one I did.

      I don't usually like short stories, but this one I did.

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