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Blood Work (1998)

In Blood Work, Michael Connelly introduces a new character, Terry McCaleb, who was a top man at the FBI until a heart ailment forced his early retirement.  Now he lives a quiet life, nursing his new heart and restoring the boat on which he lives in Los Angeles Harbor.  Although he isn’t looking for any excitement, when Graciela Rivers asks him to investigate her sister Gloria’s death, her story hooks him immediately: the new heart beating in McCaleb’s chest is Gloria’s.

As McCaleb investigates the evidence in the case, the suspected randomness of the crime gives way to an unsettling suspicion of a twisted intelligence behind the murder.  Soon McCaleb finds himself on the trail of a killer more horrifying than anything he ever encountered before.

Blood Work won the Grand Prix, the highest honor for a mystery novel in France. It also won the Anthony Award and Macavity Award for Best Novel of 1998.

Blood Work was released as a major motion picture by Warner Bros Studios, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.


“Thrilling, suspenseful and securely anchored in procedure and purpose.  Not a false note; deeply satisfying stuff.”

—London Literary Review

“Connelly is so good… How beautifully he strews the faulty suppositions, the flawed conclusions, the false bottoms.”

—New York Daily News

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