“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Looking for proof that Michael Connelly is the best mystery novelist today? The Narrows is evidence enough. On a very simple level, this is a mystery novel about a serial killer, "The Poet," and at least 14 murders attributed to him in this current wave of mayhem. It's also about a complex ex-LAPD homicide detective, Harry Bosch, and a frustrated FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit reject agent, Rachel Walling. The characters are complex, conflicted, believable, and stretched beyond what is expected but not beyond the potential of each soul. Even the two major locations, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, are drawn with such intensity and multi-faceted power that they almost become characters in themselves. The plot is intricate, surprising, and challenging -- but ultimately so finely composed and exquisitely executed that even the final shock in the last few pages, while completely unsuspected, still resonates with complete authenticity and credibility. And underneath everthing beats the heart of Michael Connelly's mission: to describe the deadly dance between good and evil, a dance that comes within a hair's breadth of consuming both, but ends with hope. The book opens with the powerful intensity of the threat of evil: "I knew that my life's mission would always take me to the places where evil waits, to the places where the truth that I might find would be an ugly and horrible thing. And still I went without pause. And still I went, not being ready for the moment when evil would come from its waiting place. When it would grab at me like an animal and take me down into the black water." And it ends with the dawn of hope: "I looked out at the city and thought it was beautiful. The rain had cleaned the sky out and I could see all the way to the San Gabriels and the snow-covered peaks beyond. The air seemed to be as clean and pure as the air breathed by the Gabrielenos and the padres so many years before. I saw what they had seen in the place. It was the kind of day you felt you could build a future on." And in between is the best fiction anywhere.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
First of all, let me say that one of the books that 'sets up' The Narrows - 'Bloodwork' is one of the best suspense reads of all time. It was that book that hooked me on Connelly.
This is a great continuation of that story. You get caught up right in the beginning with some great hooks. Connelly's characters are real and have depth. Bosch is up there with the great characters of this and similar genres (Clancy's Jack Ryan comes to mind).
Anyway - don't know if I can say anthing that hasn't already been said, but even if you've not read Bloodwork, this is a great and satisfying read. If you've got lots of time on your hand, buy The Poet, Bloodwork AND The Narrows and read them all back to back. You won't be disappointed.
When I read the preview and saw that this was the next chapter in the Poet story I wondered if it would really work or if it was Connelly needing to get out another book. Many times books like this dont work especially with such a strong start like the Poet. Happily I'll admit I shouldnt be such a skeptic. Connelly is a great author and each book always seems to stand so well on its own. Great listen. If you havent read the Poet - buy both and you wont get much sleep until you finish them both!
The writing in this book was very intermediate and read more like a manual with step by step instructions than a story. The flow was choppy and the plot was very predictable and slow. It took the author a very long time to get to where you knew he was going. The end was known long before it happened and was very anti-clamtic. The characters were unintelligent and talked to the reader assuming they were stupid as well. This book was slow, un-thrilling, and the writing too forced and choppy.
I enjoyed this story and the reader. It is one of the first mysteries I have listened to and one of the first I have heard from the first person perspective. The story does not leap out at me as fantastic, but it is decent.
If your looking for a whodunit, look elsewhere. On the other hand If you want a fast moving and exciting detective novel, look no further! Harry Bosch is a thinking man's investigator. He doesn't take kindly to FBI politics but manages to work with them in his own way to catch the criminal.
This is one of Connelly's best. Don't miss it.
"The Narrows" is Michael Connelly at his best. Once I read (listened to) my first Connelly book "The Poet", I was hooked. I went back and started to 'read' all of his books written in chronological order. Harry Bosch became my favorite character and Michael Connelly soon became my favorite author (although John Grisham runs a very close second). When Bosh retired I was worried we may not get another one of his "real life" stories.
Aside from his innate ability to develop depth of character, Michael Connelly makes his characters and his stories exceptionally believable and real to life, following tracks of logic that he assembles into a tale of commanding suspense.
"The Narrows" includes characters and pieces of previous books that will make fans feel as though they are reading yet another chapter in a life of a bona fide detective, but at the same time it is a story that without doubt stands on it's own intrigue. Buy it! You won't be dissappointed.
God how I hate myself for being addicted to Michael Connelly novels. I've downloaded a couple of hundred dollars' worth and I suppose I'll be there every time he releases one. They're awful in some ways - farfetched, stilted, sometimes predictable, factually shaky, and stylistically wrong (e.g., MC has apparently never learned the difference between the words 'and' and 'but.')
The characters never seem to have realized that they have to charge their cellphones and keep them in their pockets, for one thing, and Bosch's computer illiteracy is getting a little tiresome. (My 70-yr-old former cop of a dad is online.). And MC is so proud of some little situations and factoids that he can't help but reintroduce them into every book. The chase scene in this book is preposterous and difficult to track; the book really breaks down about 1 hour before the end. Still, I listened three times just to give MC the benefit of the doubt.
All that being said, I learn stuff from these books, I like some of the characters immensely, and - as you've guessed - can't stop listening.
This was my second Harry Bosch/Michael Connelly book and I really enjoyed it. A (virtual) page turner, intriguing, smart, interesting, and extremely addictive -- I finished the whole book in one day!
Definitely recommended -- I'm going to miss Harry Bosch's first person narration after this one, him having joined the LAPD once again. That said, I have great faith in Michael Connelly to deliver, and I hope he does just that with The Closers.