The Associated Press is reporting that Terrell Hansen, the inspiration for the book Blood Work by Michael Connelly, has died. He was 65. Hansen was a friend of Connelly; they met at a book signing event in 1992 for the author's first novel, Black Echo.
AP notes that Hansen, who was 51 when he received the transplant, never met the family of his donor, but he knew she was an 18-year-old girl killed in an auto accident. He gave Connelly complete access to his life in researching the book Blood Work, a mystery involving a retired FBI agent who investigates the death of the young woman whose heart he received in surgery. The book was published in 1998 and was a bestseller.
Blood Work was turned into a 2002 film of the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood, who starred as the heart transplant patient.
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