22 September 2009

Book Banter -- Blood Work

If you are looking for a pre-Bouchercon guest blog, there isn't one today. Come back Thursday. Meantime, here's a review of another of the back-list titles from Bouchercon's Guest of Honor.

Title: Blood Work
Author: Michael Connelly
Length: ~450 pages
Genre: mystery
Plot Basics: Former FBI agent Terry McCaleb is happy to spend his days repairing his father's boat and taking life easy after his life-saving heart transplant. He was a top investigator, often cracking open cases that local police departments couldn't solve, finding new leads in cold cases. When Graciela comes to his boat, asking him to investigate the shooting death of her sister in a convenience story robbery, McCaleb's first inclination isn't too help. But Graciela convinces him and Terry takes on what might be the case of his life.
Banter Points: This is another one of Connelly's non-Harry Bosch books, though the Bosch history is helpful as McCaleb refers to some the cases solved in those stories. Word Nerd won't give away the cool twists, but she'll just say that she didn't see many of them coming. McCaleb isn't the tortured hero that Bosch is, and that's sort of refreshing.
Bummer Points: Word Nerd thinks she might be temporarily Michael Connelly-ed out. She's been reading him consistently to get ready for Bouchercon, but after some eight or nine Connelly titles in as many months, she's ready to switch series for a while.
Word Nerd Recommendation: If you are a Connelly fan, it's a fun read.

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