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The Safe Man: A Ghost Story (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (607 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Published for the first time under his own name, a dark and haunting story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

In this haunting and singular story, previously published anonymously, Michael Connelly proves once again that he is "superb at building suspense.... the reader can never be sure what sudden turns the plot may take" (Wall Street Journal).

[Word count: 11,662]

Product Details

  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LYMHL2
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Break into this ghost story if you dare! October 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Connelley is famous for the dramatic Harry Bosch series, several of which I have read. When I found out that Connelly had written a ghost story, I got curious.

The Safe Man is about a locksmith named Brian who is called to a famous writer's home on the coast. The writer, Mr. Robinette, has discovered a floor safe in his library. The problem is that he doesn't know the combination.

As it turns out, Mr. Robinette is less interested in the possible contents of the safe then he is having the thing removed from the property.

And so Brian, good at what he does, manages to open it and discovers that it is in fact, empty. Or is it?

I can't say more without ruining it but if you enjoy a good ghost story that will make you wake up in the middle of the night and double check the locks on the doors of your home at 3 AM, then this is a story you should read!

As a bonus, there is of course the first few chapters of the newest Bosch novel,The Black Box, which is due out next month
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a con for promotional material November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently reviewed the 6 chapter free sampler for Michael Connelly's "The Black Box" and commented that it was a great idea to release a long sampler to attract you to the full book - still to be released. So while I was waiting for that release I saw this apparent Novella by Michael Connelly and thought that I would read it while waiting for "The Black Box" to be released. It was shown as a stand-alone story with no page count.

I was stunned to find that "The Safe Man" only takes up 40% of the Kindle book, with the remaining 60% being the 6 chapter free sampler that I had already read. There was no indication in the book description that most of the book would be promotional material. IMHO this is a real con and (forgive the possible pun) is something that an author of Connelly's status should not be associated with.

When Vince Flynn released "Kill Shot" over 30% of the content of the Kindle edition was excerpts from earlier books. At the time Flynn said on his website "We thought readers would enjoy being able to read excerpts from all of my backlist, but as it turns out, we've heard otherwise from many of you." The backlist content was quickly removed. I would have thought that Michael Connelly and/or his publishers would have learned from that experience.

This is not even a novella but a very short story which only took about 15 minutes to read. It is a minor ghost story and at best it would only scrape 3 stars by my ranking. (Edit) I have changed my rating to reflect this statement and not my 1 star view about the promotional content.

(Edit) - FYO "The Black Box" was actually released on 21 November in Australia by Allen and Unwin, nearly a week ahead of its forthcoming release on 26 November in the US by Hatchette. My full (5 star) review is now shown on the US pre-order listing.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a con March 5, 2013
By eric
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This exercise in misrepresentation consists of 2500 pages in total. 600 are a half baked story about a safe akin to a bottle and a genie which escapes, which is incomplete, and the following 1500 pages are again an incomplete teaser for another book The Black Box which when you then buy it, you can complete the 5000 page story. So for what you pay for this rubbish you get two incomplete stories. Pure waste of money and time.
It does not even rate one star but I can't write this review without at least one star.
What finally added insult to injury was after finding The Safe Man was rubbish and very short, I then found when reading the introduction to the second story The Black Box, that I had purchased and read that book two weeks prior.
I know, I should have done more research but I didn't expect this sham.
This behaviour by Amazon is something they should be ashamed of and I can tell you they won't con me again like this. Very disgruntled. How Michael Connelly allowed his name to be used for this sham is beyond me.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars....Connelly even writes ghost stories?! October 24, 2012
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This is a outstanding ghost story by Michael Connelly. Brian Holloway owns his own business. He fixes and repairs locks which seems easy enough until he gets a customer with a safe that is in the wood flooring in his antique home. It seems easy enough, right? Holloway finds out quickly that the safe is one that he has never seen and begins to wonder if there is something wrong with the safe. In fact, Holloway wonders if he feels safe even dealing with this object that he has to open for a customer who seems a bit frustrated about him and the safe.

Connelly does an excellent job in this ghost story. The creepiness was great as Holloway begins to open the safe and deal with his anxieties about what he saw and sensed including in his dreams. The only problem? The ending seemed to easy and I felt a little disappointed on how it ended. Still, Connelly is a terrific writer and this short story just helps remind me that he has new book coming out in November.

For the price, this is an excellent short story that you will enjoy while we all wait for his new Harry Bosch thriller to hit the shelves soon enough.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! February 27, 2013
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RIpped off. Got part of a story. It was not advertised that way. Connelly has disappointed many of his readers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only half a book February 27, 2013
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The file I bought was only half a book. The rest was taken up with a preview of another Michael Connelly book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read.
Published 1 day ago by Trudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
Ok, creepy alert! This will send chills through your body. Don't read if you are pregnant. Just a warning. Eeeek!
Published 3 days ago by Debra Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Safe Man
One of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly. Always interesting, always tangled. Keeps me involved.
Published 17 days ago by Jody B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Michael Connelly is such a good writer! The story was a little creepy but I enjoyed it.
Published 18 days ago by Margaret J. McKee
3.0 out of 5 stars SHORT
Published 26 days ago by MICHAEL J HUGHES
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just disappointed that it was a short story...
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Opperman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read. Love his style of wrtiting
Yes, excellent read. Love his style of wrtiting. I will buy many more of his works.
Published 1 month ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Connelly never has disappointed me with his intelligent and...
Even Michael Connelly's short stories are masterful. In this one a professional, legal safe cracker opens a safe and his world changes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mb4pax
5.0 out of 5 stars As for this story -- I enjoyed it thoroughly
A new angle of this writer's talents has risen to the surface. I am not a critic. I, too, am a writer. Writers write; critics criticize. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philip McCarron
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As other reviews state, very short. A bit bizarre, but interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Silk
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More About the Author

Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing -- a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996--a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. The movie adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller, was released in 2011. This is the second film adapted from a Connelly novel.

Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park. The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in 2007.

Michael's 19th novel, The Brass Verdict, was released in 2008, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It introduces Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller to LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in a fast-paced legal thriller. Michael's 20th novel, The Scarecrow, was released in 2009, and reunites reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling for the first time since The Poet. It too debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Michael released a second book in 2009, the 15th Harry Bosch novel, Nine Dragons. In this story, Bosch goes to Hong Kong to find his missing daughter.

In 2010, The Reversal was released and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book has Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch working together on the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. The Fifth Witness, a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2011 and also debuted at #1. Michael's 2011 novel, The Drop, a Harry Bosch novel, debuted at #1. Another #1 ranked book, The Black Box, focuses on Harry Bosch once again and is Michael's 25th novel. Its release came in Michael's 20th year in publishing, 2012. The Gods of Guilt , a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2013, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Burning Room, a Harry Bosch novel, was released in 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly's books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain) .

In addition to his literary work, Michael is one of the producers and writers of the TV show, "Bosch," which is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video now. All 10 episodes can be watched here:

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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