The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10)
Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too--from the widow of an old friend. Her husband's death seems natural, but his...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
Reading a Harry Bosch novel is a bit like falling into the narrows, as I find myself carried away by the plot, the characters and the momentum of the mystery. Dinner i...more
Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E...more
There are two parallel investigations going on, one by the FBI, with Rachel, who was disgraced in the earlier case, called back from exile in South Dakota because the killer sent evidence to Quantico addressed to her. But because...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
In a previous book titled, The Poet,FBI agent Rachel Walling, hunts for a serial killer dubbed "The Poet." She finally reveals who The Poet is, but he escapes. In this book, The Poet resurfaces and Harry gets involved in tracking him down. He also gets invo...more
The Poet has turned back up after years of silence and Rachel Walling is being dragged back into the task force after years of being shunned by the FBI. Little does she realize that she will soon be working with retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch, who has discovered something that ties in with their case. Now they must work together to hunt down this psychopath before he finishes what he started.
I liked this instalment by Michael Conne...more
Rachel Walling, the FBI agent who shot The Poet(Backus) and hopefully killed him in "The Poet" has been re-called from her exile because it looks like The Poet has returned. A road called...more
Michael Connelly again writes his book in two voices, the narrator watching over people’s shoulders, and the first-person narration, this tim...more
I had read this before but it was helpful to read it back to back with the first part of the Poet story. HOwever, it never address what happened to the reported relationship in the first book, so I don't know if she is in other of the harry bosch books or another of her own. I will have to do some checking.
[close:] FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call shes dreaded for years. The Poet has returned. Years earlier she worked on the famous case tracking the serial killer who wove lines of...more
In the previous book in the series Lost Light, Connelly switched from 3rd person to 1st. I found it a fitting change as it was the first after Harry retired.
In this book, Connelly really stretches his wings. The Bosch narrative is in first person. FBI Rachael's part is in third person, and the killer's part is in third person.
Those who a...more
This story is a continuation of "The Poet", in this earlier story, a brilliant, but psychotic FBI agent, who's also a serial killer, thought to be dead, appears to be back and killing again.
There are two parallel investigations...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
Harry's contacted b...more
Also, I am less than impressed that the author felt the need to vent his spleen at the treatment his Terry McCaleb character received in the Hollywood movie by k...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
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
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(from the inside flap)
FBI agent Rachel Walling gets the call she's dreaded for years: the Poet has returned. Years earlier she tracked the serial killer who wove verses into his crimes. Rachel has never forgotten the Poet--and he has not forgotten her. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too: from the wife of a friend who has recently died. The death appeared natural, but ties to the Poet make Harry dig deep. So begins the most frightening and masterf
After finishing The Narrows, I realized it was the 16th book I had ready by Michael Connelly which means I have read more books by this author than any other. Fans of Connelly will understand the reason for this is simply that he doesn't write a bad book (Chasing The Dime being the only exception). Of the 16 books, this was the tenth one in the Harry Bosch series, a character much beloved by Connelly's readers.
Harry starts off this book as a retired LAPD homicide...more
Thoroughly enjoyable audiobook
Read by Len Cariou
Duration: 10 hours, 57 minutes
Fans of Harry Bosch know that he is named for the Renaissance painter Heironymous Bosch. Bosch the painter specialized in sweeping panoramic paintings of hell, with details of how individual sinners were being gouged, burned and otherwise tormented by gleeful demons. Connelly has commented many times that Harry Bosch is meant to be our tour guide through the hellish side of Los...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.”