I was absolutely addicted to this book. I never took it out of my ears until it was done. I slept with it, walked with it, folded laundry with it, played with the dogs with it. The plot is excellent, the information on police procedures was enlightening, and the narration was very good. I had not read Connelly before, but after listening to this one, I went to my local library and checked out three more of his titles. I also downloaded his new one, The Lincoln Lawyer, from Audible just the other day.
If you like Wambaugh, the Scarpetta books, or Robert Parker, you will absolutely love this book. Just as LeCarre makes me believe that George Smiley is a real and living person, Connelly brings the same definition to Harry Bosch.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
This was my second Connelly book. Unlike most people I work backwards. I read his latest book first "The Lincoln Lawyer" which was excellent. This book however moved a little slower. The plot was slow to develop and it wasn't till the last quarter of the book that I started to feel I couldn't put it down. That's a very long time to wait to feel that energy and excitement. It should have happened int he 1st quarter. As I did not know Harry Bosch from any of the other books, I can tell you from this book alone he is void of a personality. Perhaps he is tired and should have stayed in retirement. Maybe there is something to be said about reading an author's books in the order in which they were written. If you want to give this one a try, you'll get into it eventually and by the end you'll really enjoy it....be patient through this one.
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This one was a slow read. I found this story to drag on and on. The reference to the corrupt cops was weak and the storyline did not support the inference. Connelly is usually better than this.
When this book ended, I was so upset. Michal Connelly writes such a good mystery, with so many twists and turns! Just when you think you know "who did it", new information turns the tables. I'm happy Harry Bosch is back on the job!
Connelly is a master of investigative police work; Bosch is his hard-nosed but likeable detective; tireless and relentless is Bosch's only work ethic; the "Cold Case" is believable and the story holds your interest to the end; this author is in prime form and reader Cariou is a great Bosch; detective buffs will race through this one.
Every time I listen to a Harry Bosch novel, I end up dreaming about it, and him. He's a great character, written well, and as you read or listen to the novels, you feel like you get to know him, that you are compelled to think about him.
And Len Cariou, the narrator of The Closers (as well as Lost Light and The Narrows) *is* Harry Bosch. His voice is so perfect for the role, I _hear_ his voice in my head when I think about the book. I imagine that when I listen to a Harry Bosch novel without him, it will take away from the book.
All in all, another highly recommended book from Michael Connelly. Start listening today, you'll not be able to stop.
I enjoyed the story very much. Bosch is up to his usual self with his "one of a kind" detective work, but I had a hard time adjusting to narrator's voice... He didn't vary his voice enough. Everybody sounded too much alike. Like I've said before, Dick Hill is the voice of Harry Bosch and he can vary his voice enough so you know who's speaking. I think this might be the last of the Bosch novels that I will purchase. I think this narrator's age is showing in his voice. His voice sounds like he has to spit and that not a nice sound when you are wearing earphones!!
Go get 'em Harry. I have almost all of the Bosch series and some I have enjoyed some more than others. This one was just a delight. Harry out and about working the clues,following the leads, confusing his superiors and sometimes his partner. The narration was great and the jazz in between chapters gives these books the flavor a modern day Mike Hammer.
Connolly's Bosch series offers everything I appreciate in a series: Excellent writing, interesting stories, and, above all returning characters that never grow stale as the series evolves. No cardboard cutouts here.
Have followed and read Connolly for years. I love audiobooks so decided to purchase The Narrows which somehow I missed over the years. I am thrilled by the overall production of this audio presentation from Len Cariou's performance to the jazz notes between scenes/chapters. Unlike some other books I've listened to which simply sound like someone turned on a record button while reading a book aloud, I believe everyone involved in this production worked to create a work of art. Thank you.
This is another book that leaves you clammering for more of the same. I hope Connelly follows up with more Harry Bosch in his role as the Closer.
Bosch is now working cold case files. The story is good and the reader takes a "just the facts, maam" approach in his typical style, which I enjoyed.