The Safe Man

  • by Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by David W. Collins
  • 1 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Published for the first time under his own name, a dark and haunting story from number one New York Times best-selling 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).

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great ghost story

Where does The Safe Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it was a pleasant surprise to hear Michael Connelly, not known for this kind of thing, to spin a pretty good yarn that resonated with me. This feels like an homage of sorts, to some pulp collections I grew up on as a kid, but maybe with a little more heart. Would be pretty devastating around a campfire.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Safe Man?

no spoilers - not exactly a moment, but more the unfolding, for the main character, and for the reader, of what the safe is all about, was comfortably thrilling. Yeah, I mean comfortably - I love curling up around a decent ghost story. The title itself has multiple meanings.


Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no - good solid work, no issues. voices the annoying client almost too well - it was just slightly overdone enough to make the client more of a caricature than a character. toned back just a hair would have made the story that much stronger. the rest was really fine.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I give up. for an audible credit or two, I'll work harder and come up with a good tag line.


Any additional comments?

very well done short story worthy of sitting in a steven king collection. For such a quickly drawn set of characters, in broad brush strokes, connelly has done a good job of capturing a certain kind of fear - born out of love - that I can't talk about without spoilers galore. recommended - not for a credit - it's too short - but priced just right for members.

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- Robert

Oh, so different!

The Safe Man is a quick book but is jam-packed with good writing, an excellent narration, and the conclusion - well, it knocked my socks off. Truly, one of the best books on Audible.com and I wish ten stars were available because I would cheat and and add one extra, for a total of 11.
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- Laura

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio