Blood Work (Terry McCaleb Series #1)

Blood Work (Terry McCaleb Series #1)

by Michael Connelly

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From the #1 bestselling author of the Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer series and who " is the master of the universe in which he lives" ( Huffington Post), comes the gripping novel that inspired the film starring Clint Eastwood.

When Graciella Rivers steps onto his boat, ex-FBI agent Terrell McCaleb has no idea he's about to come out of retirement. He's recuperating from a heart transplant and avoiding anything stressful. But when Graciella tells him the way her sister, Gloria, was murdered, Terry realizes he has no choice. Now the man with the new heart vows to take down a predator without a soul. For Gloria's killer shatters every rule that McCaleb ever learned in his years with the Bureau-as McCaleb gets no more second chances at life...and just one shot at the truth.

*Winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière- International Category
*Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
*Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478948339
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Terry McCaleb Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 132,077
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of thirty-two novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers Dark Sacred Night, Two Kinds of Truth, and The Late Show. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series, the Lincoln Lawyer series, and the Renee Ballard series, have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. Connelly is the creator and host of the Murder Book true-crime podcast and is the executive producer of the Amazon Studios original series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. A former newspaper reporter, he has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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Blood Work 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 190 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.
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I really did enjoy this book. What a good plot!
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Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for keeping me awake all night. I couldn't stop reading and now it's 7:30 in the am! This is one of those books you can't put down but you want to slow down to prolong the pleasure.
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sjmccreary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By the same author as the popular Harry Bosch series, this book introduces retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. Terry had taken early retirement due to health reasons, but is now recovering from a heart transplant and looking forward to a newly lengthened life span. When Terry is approached by a young woman who saw an article about him in the newspaper and who is asking him to investigate the death of her sister, he refuses. His health is still too delicate. But when she informs him that his new heart came from her sister, he is unable to ignore the challenge. Gloria Torres was killed in an apparently random convenience store hold-up, that also took the life of the store's owner. The police have been unsuccessful in locating the killer. As Terry begins digging into the case, he discovers that there are ties between this case and another. That case, in turn, leads him to more clues which eventually (of course) lead him to the culprit. As with the Harry Bosch books, I thought this one was very good. Terry is probably a little too astute, or lucky, when discovering clues and leads that other investigators have missed, but that is forgivable. I am enjoying Conelly's books, and I understand that the next one A Darkness more than Night will feature both Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb. There was also a mention of Mickey Haller, an attorney who also becomes a central character in Connelly's books later in the series. (It was the first Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer which made me notice Michael Connelly in the first place.) We'll need a road map soon.
rolyaty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solid book. Just finished it up. Starting to get a feel for Connelly's tight plots.The characters were pretty good, although I found it slightly difficult to get into the book, as I didn't identify much with the main character, but the plot was interesting enough.One thing I appreciate in his books is that he leaves enough inconsequential details in there to throw off a clear guess as to what's really going on. There is misdirection that leads the more experienced mystery readers to make guesses that implicate other characters, or that might take the plot in other directions...there's a depth to the plots that are absent some other, less complicated mystery writers and I appreciate that.All in all, I appreciated the book, and how well it was written, the plot, the characters, and the interesting aspects of the story, but I didn't connect with the story in such a way that would cause it to be a better than 4 star book, but make no mistake, it was quality from start to finish.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this page turner. Terry McCaleb, retired FBI, is recovering from heart transplant surgery when a woman comes to him asking him to look into the death of her sister who died in a robbery because she was in the wrong place. He tells her that wasn't the kind of work he did but she says you owe her because you got my sister's heart.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I am starting to read A Darkness More Than Night and realize that Blood Work is no longer a stand alone and now I need to read it first. If you're going to read all of Connelly's series I suggest you do read it first, but if you're not interested in the Harry Bosch series you can read this one whenever. Also, in the first pages there is a mention of the Poet case and of course I then had to stop right there and read Connelly's The Poet before I went any further with this book. Trust me--you don't have to because that is the only mention, so save that series for another time :) Connelly chose a very interesting subject to deal with while introducing Terry McCaleb to us. I won't give it away, but this was one well written and interesting thriller. A bit of Michael Palmer and Robin Cook thrown in with the Connelly we all like. This has some great dective work in it.
jodyjoujou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first mystery book in high school. It puts you on the edge of your seat when you are reading. I didn't want to let go of the book. Once I finished a chapter I wanted to keep going. That's how good it is. Makes you want to know what will happen espacially when things turns upside down in the plot.
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first novel I read by Michael Connelly and was completely hooked by the depth of charactisation and local colour in the novel. An unusal topic where a heart transplant police officer traces the source of his donated organ, with unexpected results. Made into a film starring Clint Eastwood apparently.