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Blood Work (Harry Bosch Universe #8)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  36,779 Ratings  ·  973 Reviews
Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest. From her, McCaleb learns a te ...more
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Terry McCaleb is a retired FBI agent in L. A. who's just undergone a heart transplant. He's recuperating on his boat and figuring out what he's going to do with his new lease on life. When he's approached by Graciella Rivers to help investigate her sister's murder, Terry's reluctant until she gives him a compelling reason to go all in.

Typical of a Connelly procedural, this story winds around the bend and back before things start to fall in place to make sense and provide motive. Still, I was a
Feb 24, 2014 Supratim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
The author never disappoints. I have enjoyed many of his Harry Bosh novels and also Lincoln Lawyer and this book was no exception but I have to say it fell short of being great.

The protagonist of the novel is Terry McCaleb - an ex-FBI agent who recently had a heart transplant and now is staying in a boat. One day he is visited by a lady, Graciella, who wants Terry to investigate her sister's murder. Terry, who has to avoid anything stressful is reluctant to take on the case, but when Graciella r
Sep 15, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

This is one of those times that the book is let down by the authors name. For me, Michael Connolly is one of the best crime writers out there and I’ve not come across a poor novel from him. Until now.

High expectations don’t usually help when you go into a book but after reading about 10 or so of Connolly’s other work and every one of them a finely crafted crime tale with interesting main characters you think that you are in safe hands. I’ll also caveat that I had just finished Lonesome Dove
J.A. Kahn
Mar 08, 2017 J.A. Kahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very neat, clever plot. Fast paced and gripping from start to finish, and boy what a beginning - so original. If you like detective stories this one is not to be missed.
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Wow. This was good. A lot of things I didn’t expect. I didn’t want to stop reading.

McCaleb is 46 years old, retired from the FBI, and lives on a fishing boat in a Los Angeles Harbor. Two months earlier Gloria was killed in a convenience store hold up. Her organs went to several people. McCaleb got her heart. Gloria’s sister Graciela, a nurse, figures this out and asks McCaleb to help find the shooter. The police have stopped working on the case and are either incompetent or
Jul 23, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Former FBI Agent Terry McCaleb is under doctor's orders to take it easy while recovering from a heart transplant. But Graciela Rivers has other plans. She appeals to McCaleb to find the man who murdered her sister in cold blood. Terry is reluctant to get involved, until he discovers that the new heart he was given belonged to Graciela's sister, Gloria Torres. Terry talks to the detectives on the cold case and reviews the file, including the security tape that shows the murder. Terry doesn't know ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

3 STARS-2007

"'Blood Work' - that's what Terry McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Eight weeks ago he was a dead man, but now someone else's heart is keeping him alive. Then a newspaper report of his brush with death brings him an unwanted visitor. Graciela Rivers reveals to McCaleb that the anonymous donor of his heart was her murdered sister. Knowing that he lives because of a cold blooded killing, McCaleb takes the moribund investigation on. Nothing about the seemingly random kill
Dec 11, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry McCaleb, an ex-FBI agent, is recovering from life-saving heart replacement surgery when he takes on a pretty unlikely job. The sister of the woman whose heart now is keeping Terry alive wants him to help find the killer of her sister and the convenience store operator who was killed at the same time.

At first reluctant to take on the task, he is drawn in by Graciela's charm and persistence, and by the cuteness of Raymond, Graciela's nephew and the son of the deceased woman. When McCaleb sta
This title was included in last year's World Book Night -- thousands of copies of reader favorites were published and distributed at no cost to encourage literacy. A stack of this one ended up at our public library (not enough takers?) and then donated to our prison book group. Connelly's written a lot of books, and since this was the only one of his on Book Night's list, I figured it must be representative of his best.
I'm not entirely disappointed. The plot is thick with detail, and the first
Best Connelly book ever! I could not stop listening to this book. Terrel MacCaleb is a retired FBI profiler who recently had a heart transplant. He gets a visitor at his boat, a woman who tells him his heart came from a murder victim. She wants him to find the killer since the police have hit a wall. He can't keep himself from feeling guilty and inserts himself in tot he investigation. Little does he know how connected he has been to the case all along.

The characters in this story are some of th
Apr 10, 2014 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part detective tale, part police procedural, "Blood Work" is the story of a retired FBI agent who takes on one last case for a very personal reason. I finished it and enjoyed it well enough, but this book is not as good as the other Michael Connelly novels I've read. The main character is okay, and his rationale for taking on the case is believable. The 'love interest' stretches the bounds of believability somewhat.

But little niggles here and there ding it. (Nobody would do that. That's just out
❆ Crystal ❆
5 stars. I loved it. Very suspenseful and I love how it all came together. It was perfect!
Albert Riehle
What I'm learning, as I continue to read these Michael Connelly books is that outside of his Harry Bosch books, he really tells a good story and this book is no exception. This one is the story of Terry McCaleb, a retired FBI agent and serial killer hunter. Heart disease forces him into early retirement and a it takes a transplant to keep him alive. When he finds out, during his recovery, that he got his heart from a woman who was gunned down in a senseless act of violence, his old instincts kic ...more
Quite an enjoyable read. After reading a few of the Michael Connelly novels and thoroughly enjoying the Mickey Haller series I thought I'd diverge a bit and try another storyline. While not quite as strong a character as Haller, McCaleb was enjoyable and perhaps more "normal." He lacks the caustic nature of Bosche (pronounced in Dutch as rhyming with dose--NOT rhyming with posche) and seems less conflicted than Haller, though there is some angst. For that reason I didn't think his character was ...more
Webster Bull
Mar 18, 2014 Webster Bull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading mysteries because I'm writing one. So I've read all of Raymond Chandler, and now I've read "Blood Work," by contemporary author Michael Connelly, who has cited Chandler as his primary inspiration.

There are worlds of difference between the two authors. To begin with, Connelly's detective, Terry McCaleb, is dry as dust compared with the observant, cynical, never less than poetic Philip Marlowe; and where Chandler's novels evolve like nightmares in which the author finds himself lost, C
Maureen DeLuca
Jun 26, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good book by Michael Connelly. This one introduces us to Terry McCaleb an ex-FBI agent who is current recovering from heart surgery. While Terry is recuperating on his boat, a woman by the name of Garciela Rivers asks to speak with him. She's read about his career and new heart in the paper and wants him to privately take on the murder case of her sister, Glory, who was shot in the head and killed during a convenience store robbery. A bit confused by the request he then finds out th ...more
Franco  Santos
Sep 15, 2014 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro del misterio que me gusta. No sabés el asesino y todo aparenta ser un sinsentido en grado sumo.

Desde la primera página la historia te roba toda tu atención. Tan es así que me leí casi toda la novela en unas horas.

Me resultó muy interesante el detective de este relato. Terry McCaleb: un exagente de policía que recibió un trasplante de corazón hace poco tiempo. Es un personaje genial.

El final es deslumbrante. Yo no me lo esperaba ni un ápice. Muy buena conclusión. Como debe ser en lo
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I don't know how I missed this one. I thought I'd read all of Connelly's stuff. I was afraid I might not like this one as well because it's not Bosch, so I was pleasantly proven wrong.
This is an excellent story revolving around former FBI agent Terry McCaleb, who has recently had a heart transplant. He finds out that the heart he received came from a woman who was murdered, and the sister of that woman wants him to solve the murder.
Michael Connelly's imagination is impressive. The secrets reve
Mar 19, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a Bosch novel, but the first in the ex-FBI Agent, Terry McCaleb series. I enjoyed this equally as much as the Bosch series. Michael Connelly novels are always well-written with multi-layered plots that instantly draw the reader in. And this is no exception. I thoroughly recommend it.
The audio book - simply bcs dick hill was the voice actor - made a long drive tolerable !
Sally Lindsay-briggs
This was an audio book that I listened to while doing errands around town. It did keep me intrigued. Terry is a former FBI agent who is recovering from a heart transplant. A woman comes to his houseboat and wants him to investigate her sister's murder. Reluctant to pursue this challenge but intriqued by the information and the clues he gets from the recorded video of the robbery and shooting; he finds there is much more to this crime, than meets the eye. This story is well written and full of ac ...more
Deyth Banger
Feb 08, 2017 Deyth Banger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-2017-books

"So far I can say that I have never read a work by Michael Connelly so this is going to be the first work which I am going to read by this author."

"The trailer was brilliant and showed that the work is mind blow."

"But the question is easy


Is that true or not?"

"Wow what a style... he wants to play with all characters minds, he is one fucking mind controller, I am talking about Michael Connelly."

"This style reminds me for John Verdon and also for Stephen King he likes to play with his char
Blood Work
4 Stars

Former FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb is recovering from a heart transplant when he learns that his donor was murdered during a robbery, and the case remains unsolved. McCaleb decides to investigate the crime himself, and soon realizes that a diabolical killer with a disturbing motive is at work.

Series note: This is book #1 in the Terry McCaleb series. Book #2 is a continuation of the Harry Bosch series and slots in after book #7.

Additional note: This book has been made into a mo
Mar 09, 2013 Jo-Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked Michael Connelly's books so I wanted to read this one about Terry McCaleb. I was not disappointed.

Terry McCaleb is quite likeable. He is very, very good at his job, seeing things at crime scenes that others miss, but also he is a considerate person.

In Blood Work McCaleb was forced into early retirement because of a heart problem. Before retiring, he was a top FBI agent. He gets a heart transplant and lives quietly, nursing his new heart and restoring the boat which he lives o
Aug 18, 2011 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never paid any mind to this guy's books on the best seller list. Especially when I learned that they made The Lincoln Lawyer into a movie. I guess I have forever been turned off since the early '90's when John Grisham was better than the invention of the internet.

But I am a big fan of the ABC show Castle, which is based on the collaboration of a NY homicide detective and a famous mystery writer. And Mr. Connelly has made guest appearances as a poker buddy of Castle. So has James Patterson and
Joe Stamber
Dec 11, 2012 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
Not many authors do Crime/Mystery/Thriller as well as Michael Connelly. Having being a little disappointed by A Darkness More Than Night which I read as a Harry Bosch novel rather than a Terry McCaleb one, I wasn't expecting quite as much from this one.

However, without Harry around to confuse me as to who the protaganist is, Blood Work turned out to be much more enjoyable than its sequel. It has all the ingredients that make Connelley's Bosch novels so good but works in its own right. McCaleb is
Apr 10, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another fast-paced Michael Connelly thriller. This one introduces us to Terry McCaleb, former FBI profiler forced to retire because of his health. He's just had a heart transplant, but ignores his doctor's orders to take it easy when an attractive woman asks him to look into her sister's murder. Turns out it is the sister's heart that now beats in his chest, giving him a personal stake in the investigation.

I always enjoy it when I find nuggets in novels that relate to the Tampa Bay area (people
Apr 11, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Connelly. I'm reading his books in published order. This is the first featuring retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb who just got a replacement heart & spends this book finding out about that. Interesting character with severe physical limitations, but plenty of smarts. Made for a great, thrilling mystery. Mickey Haller is mentioned, but that's it.
Nathan Moore
Dec 05, 2013 Nathan Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a crime thriller since college. This was a fun one. Good pacing, unexpected twists, and minimal cheese. It was kinda nice to zone out on a book, but it also made me appreciate my "other books." No offense Connelly.
Deisy Fundora
Dec 03, 2014 Deisy Fundora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Other Books in the Series

Harry Bosch Universe (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1)
  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
  • The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #4)
  • The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5)
  • Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #6)
  • Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, #6; Harry Bosch Universe, #7)
  • A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #9)
  • City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8; Harry Bosch Universe, #10)
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