Harry Bosch gets a call, too. The former LAPD detective hears from the wife of an old friend who has recently died. The death appeared natural, but this man's ties to the hunt for the Poet make Harry dig deep, and lead him into a terrifying, bewildering situation.
So begins the most compelling, frightening, and masterful novel Michael Connelly has ever written. The Narrows places Harry Bosch in league with Rachel Walling, at odds with the FBI and squarely in the path of the most ruthless and ingenious murderer in Los Angeles' history. What follows is a taut and tantalizing mystery that has Harry Bosch racing from the hostile vistas of the Nevada desert to the glittering Las Vegas strip to the dark corners of Los Angeles.
Through it all, Bosch works at his newfound life as father to a young daughter, balancing the deepest love he has ever felt with his own sense of mission and his profound awareness of evil.
Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.
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"Michael Connelly's best crime novel since City of Bones." (The New York Times)
"A dynamite plot, fully flowered characters, and a meticulous attention to the details of investigative procedure....Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces." (Publishers Weekly)
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!
This was a great mystery, one that kept me hooked. The reader was superb! The only distracting thing was the transitional music between sections or chapters. It was awful. Without the music, which you should try to overlook, I would have given this book a "five star" rating.
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Just a pleasure to listen to top to bottom.
The author makes you feel like you know the characters. They are not just jumping from place to place, crisis to crisis, but they are alive, living and breathing. I am now looking for more books by this author. He writes EXACTLY what I want to hear, and how I want to hear it in an audiobook.
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.
This is one good read. The characters, the plot, the setting. Everything. A credible creation that could have been 'lived'. Bosch is one of the best fictional characters around today. The only negative, and it's not the author's fault, was the music placed on the audio track. Put it back in the can, PLEASE. It only detracts.
Mr. Connelly - thanks for a great time.
"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.
Really got to like Hieronymous Bosch. To me each book I read/listen to seems to get better. Excellent read
"A Triumph of Plotting and Tension"
Bringing together plots from at least two of Michael Connelly's earlier novels, The Narrows, shows a complexity of plotting that is deeply impressive: each clue, each reaction to a clue, each move by the killer to taunt the police, and for the police to pursue the elusive killer, is one more tightening of the tension and suspense of the story. In pursing the Poet each major character puts their fate and their lives in jeopardy. This book is a worthy successor to the previous novel The Poet, and a book not to be missed. The audiobook is skilfully read: well paced and strong.
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