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Short story review: The Safe Man

January 10, 2013

The Safe Man

Locksmith Brian Holloway is called to a home to open and remove a safe.  The new owner doesn’t want people to think he has valuables in his home and wants the safe opened and the door left at the street so everyone will know it’s no longer serviceable.  While he’s working, Brian encounters the owner’s young daughter and speaks with her, commenting that he likes her name.  As a matter of fact, his wife is pregnant and if it’s a girl, she’ll be named the same thing.

When the homeowner’s daughter goes missing, Brian is suspected of doing something to her.  Even his wife is suspicious of his activities.  He becomes frustrated and when he figures things out wishes he’d never opened the safe.

The Safe Man, by Michael Connelly, grabbed me from the very beginning.  I was literally on the edge of my seat as I listened to this short story.  This story had twists and turns that kept me invested the whole way.  I guess it would technically be classified as a ghost story, which I generally don’t read, but now I’m wondering why, because I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Since it’s a short story, there’s not a lot of character development, but I still felt for Brian.  I could feel his frustration and, after a while, began to have my doubts about him as well.  I finished this story quickly because I just had to know what was going to happen!

I listened to the audio version of The Safe Man – it was very capably narrated by David Collins and lasts about an hour and a half.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2013 6:30 am

    This sounds really good! I’m curious about it all, and an hour and a half would be just right!

  2. January 10, 2013 7:18 am

    Sounds like a good short story.

  3. January 10, 2013 2:15 pm

    Sounds like a good way to pass the time…in between appointments or something

  4. zibilee permalink
    January 10, 2013 2:25 pm

    I really like short stories that are done well, and it sounds like this one was. I am wondering about what was in that safe now, and what happened to the young girl!! Excellent review of this one today, Kathy!

  5. lab1990 permalink
    January 10, 2013 2:43 pm

    oooh sounds like a curious little short story! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and that the audiobooks was a nice way to check it out. I do want to read more short stories.

    Lauren from

  6. January 10, 2013 2:43 pm

    I don’t read ghost stories either but I think I will give this author a try with one of his books.

  7. January 10, 2013 3:07 pm

    I’ll give this one a try because I absolutely love Mr. Connelly, but a ghost story? Really?

  8. January 10, 2013 3:07 pm

    The Safe Man sounds like a good one and I do enjoy short stories.

  9. January 10, 2013 3:19 pm

    Sounds good.

  10. January 10, 2013 4:31 pm

    I like short stories and ghost stories so this sounds like a good fit for me. Hadn’t heard of this one before.

  11. January 10, 2013 5:04 pm

    I’m intrigued. Short stories are hit or miss for me but I loved a collection I read recently. I’ll put this on my list.

  12. January 10, 2013 6:01 pm

    Sounds like a perfectly crafted short story! Especially if you found yourself doubting Brian too!!

  13. January 10, 2013 6:53 pm

    whoop, sounds like fun!

  14. Patty permalink
    January 10, 2013 7:01 pm

    This does sound like fun…short and sweet!

  15. January 10, 2013 7:16 pm

    i love books that grab your attention right away. sometimes i’m just too impatient for the plot to develop. i’ll have to look into this one!

  16. January 10, 2013 11:39 pm

    I love the mysteries of Michael Connelly. This one has me curious. I like the way you presented it to us. You didn’t give away the ending. Now I have to read it.

  17. January 11, 2013 1:49 am

    I’m glad that you loved this. I like that it was a blending of Connelly’s traditional crime fiction with the ghost story. I was totally sucked in as well.

  18. January 12, 2013 8:33 pm

    I read about this in Entertainment Weekly … they liked it too.

  19. January 21, 2013 10:43 pm

    perfect length for the car!

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