Blood Work by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't know how I missed this Michael Connelly book. I've read all of them, or so I thought. Perhaps I read this one and forgot, but probably not. This is the first in the Terry McCaleb series. McCaleb is a former FBI agent who previously worked on solving serial murders. When his heart fails, he must retire from the Bureau. Terry is one of the lucky men who receives a heart before his time is up.
Two months later, McCaleb is working on restoring his boat when he receives a visit from a young woman asking for his assistance in finding the man who murdered her sister. As it turns out, her sister was the donor of the heart now beating in Terry's chest.
McCaleb is no longer an agent, and is neither a police officer or a private detective, but he still has connections and agrees to look into the case. Thus ensues a complex chain of events leading him to believe that the woman's murder was not a random act of violence. He finds that the blood work is the key to solving the crime and puts himself at personal risk to get to the bottom of things.
This book, like other Connelly novels, is well-written and action packed. Just when you think things are starting to come together, there is another surprise. It is a clever plot with believable, likable characters (except for two or three you're not supposed to like).
I also found out that this book was made into a movie and released in 2002 starring Clint Eastwood.
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