Blood Work (Terry McCaleb Series #1)

Blood Work (Terry McCaleb Series #1)

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Blood Work 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Samuel Rhoads More than 1 year ago
It was fun and worth the money and time, but I kept remembering the movie and expected the book to end the same way.
marilyn1 More than 1 year ago
Love all of Michael Connelly - This book was no exception
blueberryNY More than 1 year ago
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.
LyndaLou-27 More than 1 year ago
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!
Wish-i-was-Wish More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
TEXASBOOKREADER More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Pulls You in as Story Gets More Complicated While I still have a long way to go to get caught up on Michael Connelly’s books, I’ve already learned to buckle up when I start one because you can never predict where the story will go based on how it starts. There is no better example of that than Blood Work, a mostly standalone novel from the late 1990’s. This book introduces us to Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent who was forced to retire early due to heart problems. Against all odds thanks to a rare blood type, he gets the heart transplant he needs. The book opens two months after the procedure. Things are looking good that his body will accept this heart. Of course, it helps that he is taking it easy – spending his days fixing up the boat he inherited from his father. Things change one day when he returns from his morning walk to find Graciela Rivers waiting for him. She is there asking Terry to solve her sister’s murder. Gloria was killed in a convenience store robbery. Terry tries to explain that he isn’t interested until Graciela pulls him in with one final revelation – his new heart was Gloria’s heart. Naturally, the police aren’t that interested in talking to an outsider, much less a former FBI agent. Still, Terry manages to get enough information to start his own investigation. Is there more to Gloria’s death than there first appears? Can Terry figure out what happened? Obviously, since this is a Michael Connelly book, there is much more to the case than it first appears. If I told you where the book wound up (don’t worry, I’m not spoiling anything), you’d probably never believe me. Yet each piece of the puzzle leads logically into the next one. In fact, my mind was blown a couple of times by where the book went and how it was set up. The plotting is wonderful, and the pacing is superb. The book held my attention the entire way through. All of the characters in this book are brand new, but they are all strong. By the time the book is over, I felt like we’d gotten to know them very well. A couple of the supporting players come across as cliché, but I’m sure that’s a factor of how much page time they get, and if they’d gotten more, they would have been more fully fleshed out. As I mentioned earlier, this book is pretty much still a standalone. However, it still fits into the overall work that Michael Connelly is creating. Since Terry is a former FBI agent, there is reference to The Poet, which involved that agency. While he has yet to appear anywhere on page, we get another reference to Mickey Haller. Terry McCaleb himself would pop up as a supporting characters in a Harry Bosch novel that would come out a few years later. I can’t wait to get to that one for an update. (At least I hope it’s a good update.) I listened to the audio book while traveling over Memorial Day. I was actually a bit disappointed when I saw that Dick Hill was the narrator since I find he can be annoying at times. However, this time he behaved himself outside of one or two overly acted lines. For the rest of the book, he did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. It really is easy to see why Michael Connelly has the reputation and fan base he does. If you have missed Blood Work, fix that today. This is an outstanding mystery that will keep you turning pages.
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Harry Bosch rules. Terry McCaleb is not a very interesting character.
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good writer, characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Michael Connelly's work. This book is no exception. He always leaves me wanting more.
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I love all of Michael Connelly's books!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed Blood Work by Michael Connelly. Cool twists and turns in the plot. Interesting. Highly recommended.
sissy61942 More than 1 year ago
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.