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The Hook Personal goal to work my way through this series.
The Line “The woman had long journeys in her voice and I liked that.”
The Sinker – The character of Harry Bosch captivates me. I believe this is due to his blend of a hard-core, rough-edged cop who can throw a punch with the best of them, and in the next scene displays an underlying gentleness that brushes the hair off his sleeping daughter’s brow and appreciates, art, music, poetry or a good book.
The P ...more
This is basically an Avengers Assemble for the Harry Bosch world. Pretty much everyone who has been in a Bosch book up to this point (sorry, no Mickey Haller) is either here or mentioned here. Ok, no Edger either and probably loads more that I've forgot. But, my point is this novel is by no means standalone and requires a bit of reading from other books in Michael Connelly's bibliography to fully get what's happening.
The story is split over 3 viewpoints, the main two are Harry Bosch (first p ...more
And it didn't take long for Harry to get back into the life of the most sly character seen in awhile, The Poet.
I think it was GR friend Harry who said reading the The Poet was a must before reading The Narrows and it was good advice.
Harry Bosch, a loner, but the best and brightest of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), took an early retirement and works now as a P.I.
The wife of a fellow LAPD detective asks ...more
I am impressed with this author consistently writing such good stories. I’m happily doing one right after the other in this 17 book series. Most of my ratings are 4 and 5 stars. The main difference is the emotional feeling I have at the end. A couple of books had me feeling excited and elated at the end. Another book had me feeling hurt for victims and wanting more justice and revenge which I didn’t like and gave it fewer st ...more
What constantly amazes me is how interesting these books are without a lot of graphic violence & sex. As boring as police work can be, usually is according to these, it's still fascinating & gripping. H ...more
Mr. Connelly has several characters in several series and they occasionally cross over and interact with each other. We get Rachael involved here with Harry as we (view spoiler)[ tie up (hide spoiler)] the career of the psychopath known as the Poet. I read this as I wa ...more
SETTING: California and Las Vegas
SERIES: #10 of 18
WHY: "The Poet" has returned. He's taunting the authorities (and his former FBI colleagues, in particular, Rachel Walling) with GPS coordinates that lead to several bodies in a remote Nevada location. After shooting the Poet, Robert Backus, Rachel has ended up in persona non grata in a South Dakota FBI office. There's a connection to the death of Terry McCaleb, a former reporter who ran into the Poet. McCale ...more
I am deducting a star, however, because there was no warning that I was starting a novel that was clearly a sequel to Michael Connelly's The Poet, which I hadn't already read, and isn't a Harry Bosch book.
Bosch loves his daughter and it shows. God, what an old softie he is turning out to be, but it doesn't keep him from solving even the most complex cases. Wi ...more
It's hard to say exactly who the main protagonist of The Narrows actually is. The story intertwines three of the protagonists from Connelly's previous works: the inimitable, unstoppable Harry Bosch of some 10 previous books, the cold, analytical Rachel Walling of The Poet, and in the background, overshadowing all of the thoughts of the other two, is the insight and spirit of Terry McCaleb from Blood Work. Rachel Walling is called out of her FBI purgatory of the Dakotas because h ...more
Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E ...more
Hmmm. How am I supposed to feel about that? The Poet is one of my favourite books – the opening line, ‘Death is my beat. I make my living from it,’ is a classic.
How could Michael Connelly do this to me? He’s taken his classic bestseller and teamed it with his stalwart (and another of my favourite characters), Hieronymous Bosch, retired LA Detective, turned PI.
Could the two mix and more importantly, would they match?
Harry teams up with Rachel Wallin ...more
With a writer of Connelly's popularity, particularly one that works with a regular cast of characters, mixed reviews are to be expected. Each successive book opens the possibility of a narrative letdown. Part of Connelly's decision to collate a few of his most enduring characters into The Narrows was to address concerns many fans had with the ending of The Poet. Though it strikes a few critics as a risky move that doesn't bear repeating, the general consensus is that Connelly pulls the sequel of...more
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series is one of my favorites, but I hate it when he combines Harry with one of his other primary characters in books. I don't really mind Mickey, the Lincoln Lawyer, but I never liked Terry McCaleb. So, when it came tim ...more
The mystery is intricate and takes Harry from burial sites in the desert to Las Vegas to LA and back and forth a few times, teaming him with ...more
The pace and clues were well done, even though we know who the bad guy is early on. But a psychopath is always more fun when you see some of his cleverness as he leads the authorities from pillar to post- and we know that Harry will figure things out before the FBI!
Reading these somewhat out of order occasional ...more
Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache ...more
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"Nice," Rachel said as we surveyed the scene. "why are these places always named after women -- as if women actually own them?"
"You got me. I guess Mister Dave's House of Holies wouldn't go over so well with the guys."
"You're right. I guess it's a shrewd move. Name a place of female degradation and slavery after a female and it doesn't sound so bad, does it? It's packaging.”