short Michael Connell story leaves you on the edge of your
seat all the way through. This is the first time it has been
published under Connelly’s own name.
Brian Holloway is, like his father, a safe man. Unlike his
father, he wasn’t in prison. He ran an honest business.
In other words, he is an expert in the art of opening safes
no one else can open. Either the client has lost the combination
or some other situation. He has been called to the home of
an author of mysteries to open a safe. The author recently
purchased the house and discovered the safe when he had the
floors redone. He tried to open the safe, but found it locked
and no one knew the combination.
The safe was a brand Brian had never heard of before. He needed
to know where the gears were so he could avoid a double drill,
having to drill again because his guess of the gears’
location had been off the mark. Unfortunately, the safe wasn’t
listed in any of his manuals, and he didn’t have time
to research it. He had to drill twice and watch out for six-year-old
Lucy, who’d come in, fascinated by the goings-on.
This story is truly fascinating. It’s definitely a Michael
Connelly star. The characters are ordinary people and the
plot is possible, at least in the beginning. The end will
leave you shocked. For me, the end came all too soon, like
hitting a brick wall. I wanted to go further, to know more,
but there was nothing more.
this story and listen as David W. Collins reads the story
like Brian Holloway was telling it himself. You’ll enjoy