Picks and Pans Review: Page-Turner of the Week

updated 03/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

>BLOOD WORK by Michael Connelly

FORMER FBI AGENT TERRY McCALEB faces a life-or-death decision. Lucky enough to have received a recent 11th-hour heart transplant, the Angeleno is under doctor's orders to avoid any stress, like the anxiety-provoking investigations of serial killers that precipitated his cardiac problems in the first place. But that's before he is tracked down by seductive Graciela Rivers. Sister of the murdered young mother whose heart McCaleb received, she begs him to look into the crime, which the LAPD has written off as just another convenience-store robbery gone bad.

As the many fans of Michael Connelly's complex and compelling procedurals—most recently The Poet and Trunk Music—will attest, there's more to it, much more. With the sharp eye of the Los Angeles Times crime reporter he used to be and the power of the evermore stylish writer he is becoming with each outing, Connelly leads KK McCaleb and us on a spine-tingling manhunt guaranteed to boost the blood pressure. (Little, Brown, $23.95)

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