By Michael Connelly
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Warner Books, 1998
Genre: Mystery, suspense
Series: Terry McCaleb mysteries; 1
Intended audience: Adult
Number of pages: 469
Setting: Los Angeles, CA
Time period: contemporary (late nineties)
Plot summary: Former FBI agent Terry McCaleb has a new lease on life, which comes from his recent heart transplant. However, when Terry discovers that the woman from whom he has received his heart was murdered, he knows he must do what he can to try and find the killer. Unfortunately, that fact that he is retired and under doctor’s orders to take it easy makes this task even more challenging.
Pacing: A smooth blend of details, dialogue, and action combine to create a tense, fast paced story.
Characterization: Told in third person via Terry; readers are quickly drawn into his character and life’s dilemmas.
Frame: McCaleb’s boat The Following Sea provides the frame for much of the story. It bridges two worlds – the sea and the city – as McCaleb transitions between ordinary citizen and (former) law enforcement.
Story line: An intense and suspenseful story which asks the question – can good come from evil? This is the central question McCaleb pursues throughout LA as he attempts to discover why he was given life when someone else was killed.
Private investigators — California — Los Angeles — Fiction.
Serial murders — California — Los Angeles — Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) — Fiction.
Raymond Chandler, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, John Connolly, John Sandford
Personal notes: I really enjoyed this book – both the plot (which kept me guessing) and the main character.
Other (themes, diversity): Diversity – heart transplant recipient