[PDF / Epub] ⚣ The Narrows ✈ Michael Connelly – Uroturk.info
I enjoy this series as a nice diversion from some of the challenging and literary oriented books I read Bosch is eminently relatable as the brooding loner, still stinging from the wounds of his youth, and unable to stay close to any woman unless it s on a case There s a romanticism about him from afar, even if being him would be a lonely and painful existence In Narrows, Connelly brings together several of his regular characters like Terry Mcaleb from Bloodwork and Rachel Walling, the FBI profiler They come together nicely as Bosch and Walling chase a serial killer using clues from the ghost of Mcaleb Don t worry No spoilers This is all page one stuff One thing I didn t like was that Connelly wrote Bosch in first person, while the rest of the book was in closely held third person point of view Something about that format pulled me out of the book at times I d like to see him write the whole book in closely held third when he s using all these other characters. I knew this going in on the day I took the case that would lead me into the narrows I knew that my life s mission would always take me to the places where evil waits, to the places where the truth that I might find would be an ugly and horrible thing. In this sequel to The Poet, Rachel Walling is once again on the trail of the sinister serial killer that evaded her years before Operating on the fringes of the FBI with former detective Harry Bosch, Rachel works to overcome being used as bait to lure The Poet in and to keep him from completing his original deadly mission What I Liked Even though I finished The Poet a while ago, I was able to pick up The Narrows and feel like I haven t missed a beat Harry Bosch is such a realistic and fleshed out character His inclusion in the search for The Poet gave a good story even meat What I Didn t Like The ending felt a little rushed I hate to say it, but Backus didn t seem as sinister in this book That was disappointing What I Wanted More Of More of Harry and Rachel together More of Rachel and Harry together view spoiler The apprehension of Backus fell a little flat for me There was no ultimate confession or explanation or catharsis It would have been interesting to know of his inner thoughts during the final chase hide spoiler FBI Agent Rachel Walling Finally Gets The Call She S Dreaded For Years, The One That Tells Her The Poet Has Surfaced She Has Never Forgotten The Serial Killer Who Wove Lines Of Poetry In His Hideous Crimes And Apparently He Has Not Forgotten HerFormer LAPD Detective Harry Bosch Gets A Call, Too From The Widow Of An Old Friend Her Husband S Death Seems Natural, But His Ties To The Hunt For The Poet Make Bosch Dig Deep Arriving At A Derelict Spot In The California Desert Where The Feds Are Unearthing Bodies, Bosch Joins Forces With Rachel Now The Two Are At Odds With The FBIand Squarely In The Path Of The Poet, Who Will Lead Them On A Wicked Ride Out Of The Heat, Through The Narrows Of Evil, And Into A Darkness All His Own The Poet is back It s been years but he s resurfaced by leaving a note for FBI Agent Rachel Walling She s called into a new task force as an observer since she s still banished to undesirable outposts because of what happened during the original investigation Meanwhile, Harry Bosch is asked to look into the death of a friend who appeared to die from natural causes But, it doesn t take long for his investigation to intersect with the FBI s task force I don t normally like revisiting former nemeses but this is one I looked forward to reading because The Poet was diabolical and I was shocked when his identity was revealed This case lived up to his reputation as he continued to use wit, subterfuge and distractions but this time we ve got Harry involved who was up to the task He and Rachel made a good team, though I continue to have issues with that character I very much enjoyed this story and Len Cariou as the narrator My audiobook edition had musical accompaniments to highlight certain parts of the story and I liked that enhancement It was also pretty special being privy to Harry s relationship with his daughter Maddie Combined with an unexpected twist at the end, this all made for another wonderful listening experience in the world of Harry Bosch Still wild about him. Working my way steadily through the Harry Bosch series and here I am at number 10 I can always rely on Michael Connelly for a good read and as usual he did not let me down Harry is working really well at the moment, using his smarts and keeping ahead of the FBI in his investigations He is still working as a PI but it appears that he is about to go back into the police force The Narrows is the usual format lots of police procedure interspersed with action and plenty of suspense The way Connelly writes it it really works And hallelujah I still have at least 11 to read Solid addition to a satisfying seriesThe Hook Personal goal to work my way through this series.The LineThe 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 Poet is back Normally I don t like to see the ones that got away return for another outing of mayhem In this case, reviving the character of Robert Backus made a compelling case I would suggest reading that book first to fully appreciate The Narrows Though not technically a Bosch book, The Poet was the first in reporter Jack McEvoy series, Bosch and FBI Agent Rachel Walling play major roles in both books The Narrows turned out to be one of my favorites of those I ve read in the Bosch series As I was listening I kept thinking I m not going to write much about it as what s to say that I haven t already said in other reviews about the series But here I am yammering trying to convince you of its appeal Bosch, retired from the LAPD continues his role as a private investigator in this outing There is a tease here that his investigator days may soon be over but in the meantime he is hired by ex FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb s wife to investigate his suspicious death Bosch initially suspects a man named Jordan Shandy It soon becomes apparent that Shandy is none other than Backus who once deemed dead, may not be, and is responsible for McCaleb s demise and several other horrific deaths What could have been a ho hum story turns out to be a fast paced, page turner I found myself extending my walking time to see how the case unfolds That s the sign of a good audio listen for me Len Cariou once again does a superior job in narration Cariou s got just the right brash for Bosch s voice yet manages to tone it down for the sensitive side of the man Cariou adeptly brings to life all the characters, changing pitch and timbre for these I highly recommend this audio edition by Time Warner One last thought Salon s Critics Page Turner with a Brain Charles Taylor statesWhat is distracting and inescapable here are the patches of bad writing You can become unhinged and cut loose from the world You can believe you are a permanent outsider But the innocence of a child will bring you back and give you the shield of joy with which to protect yourself Ewwww. Frankly Charles, that s why I love Harry. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch knew he would help Graciela McCaleb when she contacted him He was shocked to discover his friend Terry hadn t died of natural causes and promised to find out what he could The link to an old foe, the Poet, was the first thing Harry uncovered And with his search and deep digging into Terry s notes on the case file, he had theories and suppositions His following up of those put him directly into the path of the FBI and agent Rachel Walling Would the Poet be found Or would he continue to play the games he was so well known for His penchant for evil had Rachel and Harry looking over their shoulders but it seemed the Poet was one step ahead of them the whole way The Narrows by Michael Connelly is the 10th in the Harry Bosch series and another brilliantly executed thriller by an author who never lets his readers down Plenty of twists and turns, along with plenty of bodies The Narrows is another I highly recommend. 8 10This 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 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 person narrative and Rachel Walling third person narrative and then there is The Poet but there are only a few bits dotted around for them also third person narrative I only mention the narratives as this can be a bit jarring at times, not so much early on as they are done in big chunks but come the end there is basically a change every paragraph and when shit is going down it makes it frustrating to be constantly flicking.I only mention this as its one of the few negatives here There are some stupid actions from people who aren t stupid which is only done to gear up the plot but other than that this is a really solid read with an interesting plot and the usual well woven story that keeps you reading later on a night than you should I also kind of want to know why everyone is a dick to Buddy too, not just here but all the books he s in Poor lazy hippy.You really need to read The Poet before reading this one as it is basically the sequel to that even though Bosch wasn t in that one Reading Blood Work would also be beneficial but it pains me to recommend that as I find that is the only dud Connelly has written of those which I ve read This one is far superior however and I was happy with how things ended up and where the next book will go and I feel that some of the characters mentioned throughout may have had their dog day and be put to sleep by Connelly If you like this try The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block The Narrows brings together several of Michael Connelly s characters, including L.A detective Harry bosch, Connelly s main protagonist F.B.I agent Rachel Walling from The Poet and Terry McCaleb, a former F.B.I profiler, who first appeared in Blood Work.Actually, as this book opens, McCaleb has just died He was the survivor of a heart transplant and apparently died when his new heart failed him while he was out at sea on the charter fishing boat that he operated It all seems pretty straightforward, but McCaleb s widow, Graciela, asks Bosch to look into it Bosch, who has left the L.A.P.D and is now a private investigator, agrees to do so because McCaleb once saved his life when the two were working together on an earlier case.McCaleb had never been able to let go of his career as a profiler, and although he was no longer with the F.B.I., he occasionally consulted with other law enforcement agencies He also followed cases that he personally found interesting and left several boxes of files when he died Bosch begins reviewing the files and finds a relatively new case that had grabbed McCaleb s attention The case had caused McCaleb to travel to a desolate part of Nevada, but his notes are fairly cryptic, and Bosch can t figure out what McCaleb might have been looking for there.Virtually at the same time, an unidentified person sends a GPS unit to the F.B.I addressed to Rachel Walling Walling has been exiled to hardship duty in North and South Dakota because she fell out of favor with the Powers That Be at the end of the case where she was chasing the Poet The Poet was presumed to be dead at the end of that book, but it was impossible to confirm the identification of the body that was found, and anyone who s ever read a novel about a serial killer knows what that means.The Fibbies have no choice but to bring Rachel back into the fold, at least until they can figure out why the GPS was sent to her, and as it turns out, the coordinates on the GPS send them to the exact same desolate spot in the Nevada desert where Bosch is headed Oops It quickly becomes apparent that a very bad hombre is on the loose and, naturally, the stuffed shirts at the F.B.I will have their heads in a position where it will be very difficult for them to think clearly This means that it will be up to Harry and Rachel to save civilization as we know it, if only it s not too late.This is a very entertaining novel and it s great fun watching Bosch and Walling work together, especially with all the odds that are stacked against them It s hard to imagine a fan of crime fiction who would not enjoy this book. The Poet is my favourite ever Michael Connelly book.He is back in The Narrows but, although this is good, it is nowhere as good as The Poet Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call from the widow of an old friend Her husband s death seems natural, but Graciella feels that there is something wrong and his ties to the hunt for the Poet make Bosch dig deep Arriving at a derelict spot in the California desert where the feds are unearthing bodies, Bosch joins forces with FBI agent Rachel Walling who has received the call she s dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has resurfaced.