5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Away with Murder . . . But Craving an Audience
I find mysteries about clever serial killers to be especially satisfying. The sub-genre often features a killer who is stalking the police, and that's exactly what happens in The Narrows as an ex-FBI agent, Robert Backus (aka The Poet), tracks his ex-protégée, Rachel Walling, in a sequel to the non-Bosch book, The Poet.
Harry Bosch had worked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars what is this?
When I ordered it I didn't realize iit was that far back in the series so quite a bit of it was "old Hat"
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This review is from: The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10 (A Harry Bosch Novel) (Kindle Edition)When I ordered it I didn't realize iit was that far back in the series so quite a bit of it was "old Hat"
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Away with Murder . . . But Craving an Audience,
This review is from: The Narrows (Mass Market Paperback)I find mysteries about clever serial killers to be especially satisfying. The sub-genre often features a killer who is stalking the police, and that's exactly what happens in The Narrows as an ex-FBI agent, Robert Backus (aka The Poet), tracks his ex-protégée, Rachel Walling, in a sequel to the non-Bosch book, The Poet.
Harry Bosch had worked homicide with LAPD for what seemed like a lifetime until he resigned after much frustration with police politics in City of Bones. Now, Harry is a private detective with a lot of time on his hands.
Harry's life has a new direction after learning at the end of Lost Light that he is the father of four-year-old Maddie by his ex-wife, Eleanor Wish. Eleanor enjoys earning a living as a high-stakes poker player in Las Vegas, and doesn't enjoy Harry's company all that much. Harry is trying to split his time between LA and Lost Wages, but is feeling drawn to the southwest more and more.
Harry stumbles into the serial murder investigation after looking into the suspicious death of an ex-partner whose heart medicine was tampered with. Naturally, the FBI wants him out of their hair . . . but Harry is always at least one step ahead of them. With a clever killer tweaking their curiosity, can Harry hope to survive between the twin anvils of a deadly murderer and the heavy-handed bureaucracy?
Because of the serial killing aspect, the book has a pace and beat that aren't always present in the Harry Bosch novels. This story built up nicely into an exciting ending that made this book qualify more as a thriller than as a detective story.
I haven't read The Poet, and I followed this story just fine. I have no idea how you will feel about this book if you did or didn't like The Poet.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poet's Back,
This review is from: The Narrows (Mass Market Paperback)Robert Backus, former FBI agent turned serial killer who calls himself the Poet, is back, targeting FBI agent Rachel Walling. Harry Bosch gets into the action when he is asked to investigate the possible homicide of his friend, Terry McCaleb. Bosch begins going through McCaleb's files and finds information that leads him to the Poet. Together, Walling and Bosch join forces, against the FBI's wishes, and do their own investigating.
Conelly's switch from first to third person throughout the book was a little distracting at first, but once I got used to it, I grew to like the style. Bosch seems like an old friend, and Connelly manages to keep the character interesting and fresh. Loved the connection Bosch has to his small daughter and the feelings he expresses about her.
Another great book by Connelly.
4.0 out of 5 stars my first Bosch book,
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)This was my first book by the author and for me it was a good read. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes good page-turning suspense. I wasn't aware this was the latest of a series, but that didn't bother me. Some of the plot development towards the end didn't garner four star ratings, but the writer is so good at what he does I could see myself re-reading this book in the future. I'd put this on the same level as James Patterson "1st To Die" Very Good!
3.0 out of 5 stars I dunno....tries to cover a LOT of bases,
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)1) Tries to group all past characters and plots from past novels but it seems more like a contrivance to poke fun at Hollywood.
2) Author is usually terrific at making his books feel like they were conceived and written in one burst of energy, but this is more like a smorgasbord of ideas rather than a nice dinner.
3) Much of the book reads quickly.
4) Ending is exciting
5) Bosch does some decent detective work at the end...although it seems he's a little more lucky than he is smart.
6) FBI is still stereotyped as a bunch of media-hungry morons...if that's really true, it hasn't been presented with any originality.
7) I will still look forward to Connelly's next book...as always.
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT....,
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)Alright, THE NARROWS once again proves why Michael Connelly is so successful. With an eye for narrative flow (both in first and third person), and a deep understanding of his characters (not always likeable), he continues to mesmerize. But isn't anybody else out there bothered by this novel's biggest flaw: we STILL don't know why Robert Backus (aka THE POET) killed all those homicide detectives in the THE POET. And now he's back and killing again, but with no real reason for these murders either. There is a slight mention of Backus' stern father and apathetic mother, so we understand perhaps why he's a serial killer, but Connelly let me down by not explaining the why of his victims. Connelly also should have brought Jack McEvoy back, as he was the real hero in THE POET.
Instead, we get the irrepressible Harry Bosch, hero of many of Connelly's books, paired with FBI agent Rachel Walling, who was a key player in THE POET. Connelly wisely uses the media again in that in this book they mention quite often the movie BLOOD WORK, which is based on Connelly's own novel, revolving around the heart-transplanted cop Terry McCabe. Buddy Longbridge's reference to Jeff Daniels' interpretation of his character is slyly brilliant. Which is a shame..Connelly is brilliant, and this book certainly entertains. I just wish I could understand why Connelly has let something so important be taken for granted without any supporting narrative evidence. Maybe we'll get it again? Anyway, definitely a must for fans, but if you're a new reader, you may be let down a little too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch, McCaleb and the Poet,
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)As absorbing and satisfying as ever, Connelly's 10th Harry Bosch thriller finds the former LA homicide cop investigating the death of another Connelly series character, Terry McCaleb. Terry ("Blood Work"), a former FBI agent and heart-transplant patient, died of a heart attack while on his boat, an apparently natural death.
But his wife calls Harry when she discovers that powdered shark cartilage was substituted for Terry's essential heart medication. Terry had never stopped working murder cases and Harry, looking for his killer, soon homes in on one file in particular - six missing men - which has the hallmarks of a serial killing.
Meanwhile FBI agent Rachel Walling ("The Poet"), assigned to the boonies since the debacle of that serial killer case, gets a long-dreaded call. Robert Backus, the Poet killer and former FBI bigwig - he was her and Terry McCaleb's old mentor at the FBI - has resurfaced, in the form of a GPS unit sent to Rachel at her old office. Following the GPS coordinates, the FBI is turning up bodies in the desert.
Harry and the FBI collide when Harry, piecing together the clues in Terry's file, happens on the FBI's desert dig. Naturally the FBI has no intention of sharing, but Harry connects with Rachel, and warily, egos and agendas clashing, they pool resources. The action picks up as they track Backus to a desert brothel enclave, a grisly murder scene, and his next victim.
Harry's narration drives most of the story, but point of view shifts to Rachel and Backus, keeping us informed from all angles. Subplots include Harry's growing relationship with his 5-year-old daughter, a tentative romance with Rachel, and a possible return to the LAPD.
The investigation is smart and forensically intriguing, and the characters are prickly and complex, while Backus is truly scary, in an underplayed fashion. Connelly, a master, remains at the top of his game.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's back.,
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)Michael Connelly continues to amaze. The tenth book in the series that goes way back should not bowl you over as hard, maybe even more so, than the first. Yet "The Narrows" does just that.
Connelly tries other characters, he introduces different attitudes and issues, his characters don't always treat others well, but if I'm stuck in Newark Airport trying to get home . . .I'm heading to the 'C' section of fiction in the bookstore.
I'm not certain I like Harry. I mean, I like him, I just don't want him to be my next door neighbor. Too brooding. Too tough on himself and others. I have the feeling if I borrowed his lawnmower and didn't return it on the day I said I would, he'd mention it to my wife in an off handed way three years later.
I don't like the way he treats Buddy Lockridge for example. Buddy's an innocent scoundrel, true, but Harry uses him, abuses him and dumps him. And Rachel Walling, who might well be a female mirror image of Harry . . . he continually holds her to higher standards than he holds himself and blames her for doing things he himself does. But . . . .
But what an interesting character. Is there anyone like him in the genre today? Maybe Dave Robicheaux. Maybe early Spenser. Here Graciela, Terry McCaleb's widow, suspects Terry did not die of natural causes. Harry agrees to "look into it" but Connelly conveys a 'less than confident' Harry helping out the widow of a friend. Of course he's hooked like the Black Marlin Terry was trying to find on his last charter, trying to interpret the meaning of notes Terry wrote in the margin of a map, receipts on the floor of his jeep, puzzling over what certain photographs Terry kept on his computer meant.
I am fascinated by the successful intertwining of the two stories emanating from "The Poet," that is the story of Harry and Rachel Walling, the defrocked FBI agent used as bait when the FBI suspects that possibly Bob Backus, the mentor of Rachel Walling and the serial killer who was the poet, is back. Rachel is like Bernard Samson in the Samson Trilogy by Deighton, guilty, tainted and exiled by association.
Connelly weaves back and forth with first person-third person narrative and never once in 400 pages stumbles. He feeds us clues and answers as we go along, not too many nor too much. The ending is pretty tight and the second ending a real surprise.
I liked especially the dialogue between Cherrie Dei and Walling over morphs and empats. Agents who track serial killers who deflect the horror into 'just a job' metality and'how can I spin this the best way for me?' are the morphs. And the empats, who are the better agents because suck it all in, can't stop the record from turning when the song is over. That's Rachel . . .and of course that's also Harry.
5 stars +. Highly recommended. Larry Scantlebury
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues,
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)Harry Bosch agrees to investigate the death of Terry McCaleb (Blood Work) for his widow, Graciela McCaleb. He is soon reconnected with Rachel Walling and on the hunt for Richard Backus (The Poet). I read both of these previous novels (and saw the movie Blood Work) and although I would recommend reading these books because they are so good, I think this story can stand alone. Connelly gives enough background to set the stage for this story. And I really appreciate that he gets the reader up to speed without a lot of tedious details. Connelly cuts to the chase and what a chase it is! Suspense and action fill the pages from beginning to end. Michael Connelly finds just the right mix of beautiful prose and gritty reality. Harry Bosch is a complicated and interesting character. I've read all of the books in the Bosch series and Harry is still a mystery to me....as it should be. An excellent addition to the series and I look forward to the next glimpse into the fascinating world of Harry B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Master storyteller,
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This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)This is the tenth book in the Harry Bosch series, and in my opinion, the best. Connelly is probably one of my all-time favorite authors. He knows how to weave a story so that the reader is pulled through, right up until the end. Think that sounds simple? It's not. How many books do you read that just don't "make it?" Not so with The Narrows. But this book is really in a class by itself. Highly recommend, along with Tuesday's with Morrie, The Bark of the Dogwood, and Deception Point.
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The Narrows by Michael Connelly (Hardcover - May 3 2004)
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