I love the Harry Bosch series, and I thought "The Poet" was a great read (listen). But experiencing the sequel to that book felt a bit too much like a superhero vs superhero fight. The best law enforcement officer(s) in the country comes up against the biggest and baddest serial killer of all time - that sort of thing.
With that being said Connelly still manages to catch my attention all through the book. And ultimately, it is in fact quite a good book. Although some way short of a great one. I wish Connelly would tone down Bosch's' adversaries to more of a realistic level at times.
I've read all of the Harry Bosch books in order and feel like I almost know him personally - thanks to the writing skills of Connelly. It's easy to take his books for granted, nothing supper flashy or over the top dramatic, just good solid story telling, excellent character development and just the right attention to detail.
This book is no exception - in fact I can say, without reservation, it's the best in the series so far. The story is told from a few perspectives which makes it even more unique and interesting. A very nice twist. It appears that Connelly is getting more comfortable with Bosch and truly enjoys "being" Harry Bosch. It comes out more clearly in this book than in any other. This ones a gem and I highly recommend it to new comers and series fans alike.
Len Cariou does a pretty good job narrating the last two in the series. I had my doubts when Dick Hill was seemingly replace by Ben (he sets a high bar for any narrator), but he does an admirable job.
Credits well spent.
I know from whence I speak.
I've been listening to the the Harry Bosch series in order and have enjoyed the complex plots and character development. I also liked the connections to main characters in other Connelly books. This particular book, however, breaks out toward the bottom of the list. I found the story somewhat predictable and more like a TV pilot than a good Michael Connelly mystery. Harry seemed a bit dumbed down, if not a bit wimpy. Moreover, as a sequel to "The Poet", an excellent book, The Narrows was a let down. FBI Agent Rachel Walling and the villain, the Poet, weren't as captivating as in the original story. Maybe the Poet should have died in the first installment.
I really enjoyed the story, but the narration got on my nerves. The inflection was really off at times, just didn't fit. And there short musical bits at the starts of chapters that really threw me off too.
Especially after the disapointing "lost Light" had me thinking of quiting the series. Very interesting, lots of different locations, well paced story. Only, very minor, issue was w/ the exelent narration except for the maid and little girl. Maid sounded like speedy gonzolas and little gire was too ??? Both were small parts and overall narration was great.