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)
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.
I've long been a fan of Michael Connelly's character-driven work, and "The Narrows" is no exception. We are again confronted by the Poet, and this time his tale is woven to a subplot- namely, who killed Terry McCaleb, Connelly's heart transplant hero? Harry Bosch, the weary but energetic former policeman turned private eye answers all questions satisfactorily, but not before some high-paced chills and thrills along the way. Connelly employs his usual masterful prose and ties it in with his vivid imagination. The results are more than satisfactory. Long live Harry Bosch!
"The Narrows" was one of the first books that I listened to on Audible. I was surprised that I couldn't put it down. The narrator was great and made me feel like I was right there in the story. The action is fast and the story wasn't predictable. I thought it was great.
I look forward to Connelly novels, have read them all by now, but not all are a "10." This one is! While it helps to have read The Poet beforehand, it is not necessary. A truly enjoyable Bosch novel. Can't wait for the next one.
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