The Safe Man: A Ghost Story

The Safe Man: A Ghost Story

by Michael Connelly

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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

ISBN-13: 9780316233682
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 47
Sales rank: 56,151
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of the Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer. Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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The Safe Man: A Ghost Story 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I buy a lot of boss from Barnes and Noble and really get posed of when they don't tell you what you are getting ahead of time when it comes to the size of the book. I would never buy a book only 42 pages long I'd I knew about it ahead of time!!!! Barnes and Noble should indicate the number of printed pages ahead of time. Telling us the number of words our the s size of the pdf file is not helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't know it was a short story. Wish I could get a refund, B&N is misleading it's customers. I would NOT recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish I had known this was a short story (42 pages), and not that great. I felt like I was reading a free sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought i was at rhe end if the first chspter.not a good buy. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To those complaining about the size of the book I would say that the product details clearly states the number of pages in the book. I always check that before I buy. To Barnes and Noble I would say that $ 1.99 is too much to charge loyal customers for a short story of 47 pages. But I'm still a Nook fan and a loyal customer.
PrietoHR More than 1 year ago
These short stories leave a lot to be desired. They are nothing but a hook to get you to buy the book being previewed. 34 of the 94 pages are the purchased work while the remainder is dedicated to a preview of "The Black Box".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different type of ghost story, made it very interesting. I found myself thinking about it and what the rammifications of this type of ghost might be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anticipated the ending just before I got there, but tingled anyway. Would love to read this as a full length novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree. Page count should be included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in Michael Connelly's excellent prose, this is a tidy little short story with great character development. This is a mystery and not a horror story for anyone with a penchant for gore.
gstbauer More than 1 year ago
Great short story - providing the usual intrigue and leading you down one path only to discover the "truth". Enjoyable short story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is only 30 pages & is a waste of money
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite “The Safe Man” introduces readers to Brian Holloway, a locksmith soon to become a father. Brian was called to the home of an author, Mr. Robinette, to open an antique floor safe; he not only wanted the safe opened but removed from his home. Mr. Robinette insisted the door to the safe be placed with the trash; having recognized the workmanship of the door of the safe, Brian returned to the estate to retrieve the door. Later the police come to question Brian concerning Mr. Robinette’s missing daughter. “The Safe Man” proves the depth of Michael Connelly’s talent. The author is well known for a series of books with Harry Bosch as the leading character. “The Safe Man” is a haunting, compelling read. I would recommend the author compile this short story and others into an anthology. Although this is a ghost story it displays a sense of realism. The descriptions are superb and the plot is filled with crafty twists and turns. This tale is not scary but has a quality of eeriness. Once again Michael Connelly has provided evidence of talent for character development, creating a perceptiveness of place and worthy story lines. The ending left me questioning – if Brian knew what was going to happen in the future how far would he go to make changes. This tale was originally published under an assumed name. I am left to wonder what other treasures Michael Connelly has hidden away; perhaps some day he will treat us to another of his ghost stories. We can only hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet.
AliceGM More than 1 year ago
Connelly has to be at the top of the list for mystery, action, detectives, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm partial to Michael Connolly so take my rating for what it's worth. For all those complaining about the length, it was clearly stated at 47 pages and "novella", so I don't know why people were expecting a full length novel. And $1.99 is about right for a novella.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No character development
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a stand-alone short story. It was a well written mystery that had you wondering throughout. It reminded me of some of the great authors of haunting suspense, like Poe. I listened to this as an audio book instead of reading it. I think that might have lowered my assessment somewhat. I had a hard time with the voices. Guess I prefer reading versus listening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of this author's work, but this one really left me with an empty feeling. I purchased not realizing it was a ghost story, nor that it would be so short. (Half of pages shown are a preview for another book.) The story itself was ok, but truthfully, such a letdown when you are expecting more. At least I didn't pay much...
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Did not read like Connelly's writing to me. Maybe to short for my taste. Not a bad read but a bit disappointing from what I waa expecting from this author
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually like short stories, but this one I did.
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