If you've never read Connelly or if you've read Connelly, but not one of his Bosch books, this is a great one to start with. It sets the stage for many of his later books. When I read the back of one of Connelly's Bosch books, I never thought I would be interested, but a friend lent me a copy so I gave it a try. NOW I AM HOOKED! I think I've now read every book Connelly has ever written.
A good book on its own, but a real treat for anyone who has followed the Connelly characters of Harry Bosch, Rachel Walling, and Terry McCaleb as they all come together in this novel. Suspenseful and fast paced.
I would recommend reading both The Poet and Blood Work before reading this book.
(One fun tidbit: Connelly wrote the book Blood Work which was subsequently made into a Clint Eastwood movie. Then in this book, one of Connelly's fictional characters refers back to the movie complaining about how he was portrayed and discussing the royalty he received for the use of his likeness. Loony. )
In this one, he pulls in Terry McCaleb (Blood Work) and Rachel (the FBI agent who shot the Poet) and The Poet (Backus-agent turned serial killer) and of course, Mr. Harry Bosch. I love everything by Connelly. This is another great one. (10th of the Bosch series)
THE NARROWS is not the best book to read if this is the readers first experience with Michael Connelly. This author, like many others, has an ongoing story about the main and some secondary characters. Please look at the booklist below.
I would recommend reading the books with the double asterisk in order: THE POET > BLOOD WORK > A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT > THE NARROWS. There are so many references to the previous books; most new readers will be aggravated that they do not grasp their significance in the current book.
The Poet is back! Hes the diabolical serial murderer that started his career in the FBI; thus, he knows all the tricks and knows how the FBI thinks. Now, Terry McCaleb, an ex-FBI profiler and serial killer expert, has died.
His wife wants Harry Bosch to investigate because the blood work from the autopsy shows that McCaleb did NOT have any of the critical medicines in his blood stream at the time of his death. These medicines helped his transplanted heart to function without them, he died.
McCalebs business partner and his wife assure Harry that Terry was religious about taking his meds. Terry kept his old files (unsolved cases) and regularly worked them in his spare time. As Harry works his way through those cases, he realizes that Terry was on the Poets trail.
This is a taut drama with lots of dead-ends and twists. The pacing is excellent; I had to finish it because I couldnt put it down. 5 STARS
**1. Blood Work (1998)
**2. A Darkness More Than Night (2000)
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1996)
6. Angels Flight (1998)
**7. A Darkness More Than Night (2000)
8. City Of Bones (2002)
9. Lost Light (2003)
**10. The Narrows (2004)
**1. The Poet (1995)
2. The Scarecrow (2009)
Turgid thriller with all the pacing excitement of a snail race. Part of the Harry Bosch series, this time dealing with Bosch investigating the death of a retired FBI agent which appears to be tied to the reappearance of a serial-killer rogue agent.
FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she has dreaded for years.The one that tells her the Pooet has resurfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes- and apparently he has not forgotten her.
Another good one by Michael Connelly
Great, quick read. Michael Connelly is THE best mystery/thriller writer out there today. I couldn't put this book down. (former LAPD detective) Harry Bosch helps out a friend, and gets drawn deeper and deeper into an FBI case and an old enemy. If you like mysteries/police procedurals, you'll love this book too!
The Narrows Michael Connelly This was a good follow up Novel to âThe Poetâ. The poet is back after eight years and he is killing again. Harry Bosch's friend dies a mysterious death and his wife has asked him to check into it. Harry must unravel the clues and with the help of Rachel Walling, the FBI agent, they must stop The Poet from striking again. This was a good book, it kept my interest throughout, it was a non-stop energy ride with plenty of twists and turns. The ending however was not worthy of this book or the book âThe Poetâ. If the ending would have been better this book would have been a 5/5. Instead, it ended as somewhat of a dud. Grade 3/5
I absolutely loved this book! It is a great police thriller--however, it is somewhat violent. There are also some mild adult scenes and a great deal of bad language, so be warned. The author has a wonderful, "deep" style, is very observant of human nature, and goes beyond a simple exciting plot. To be honest, I hesitate to list this, because I'm sure I'll read it again at some point!
This was my first foray into the Harry Bosch stories. It was a great read! It had a puzzle to solve, a romantic interest, danger and thrills. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to read more of the Bosch escapades!
I love Michael Connelly. I started out reading City of Bones and was hooked. I have now requested all of his audio cd's for my commute to work. In this book there were a few times I was thinking that the detectiveor FBI agent made a dumb mistake for the purpose of creating more drama....ie that is not what a smart cop like Harry Bosch would do.... but I forgave Mr Connelly because the rest of the book was so good. I love the charachter development of the heroes and can't wait to listen to my next one. Also was amazed at how many books Connelly has written.
Another good novel by Michael Connelly. An FBI agent is trying to track down a resurfaced serial killer who got away from her years before and effectively ended her career. A bit scary, a bit intriguing...basically a easy read when you're in the mood for something light.
Mr.Connelly is at the height of his powers in this novel. Harry Bosch is one of those rare charcters who gets more interesting the longer Mr.Connelly writes about him. This novel ties together many plot points from previous novels as Harry matches wits with the poet, the serial killer from the novel "The Poet" The tension in this novels builds to a explosive climax that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If your interested in the best writing in crime fiction you can't do any better than Michael Connelly.
With a writer of Connellys 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 Connellys 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 doesnt bear repeating, the general consensus is that Connelly pulls the sequel off. Some reviewers disagree about whether the back-story is ample enough for the uninitiated. But whether The Narrows is his best or his worst work, its has elements of both, and plenty of the subtle characterization and gripping storyline that fans have come to expect from Connelly.
THE NARROWS by Michael Connelly: In this sequel to The Poet (1996) retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch begins to suspect that the notorious serial killer The Poet, presumed dead, may be the culprit in the death of ex-FBI profiler Terry McCalab. As he digs deeper, Bosch meets and eventually joins forces with FBI agent Rachel Walling, who went up against The Poet the first time around. The interactions between Bosch, Walling and The Poet make this a delightfully twisty addition to the Bosch legacy.
another Harry Bosch book. This time an F.B.I. friend has died. The guys wife asks Harry to find out what happened to him. In doing so Harry is thrown into the middle of an F.B.I. investigation, and narrowly escapes with his life.
Terry McCaleb is dead. The official verdict is that his transplanted heart failed. His wife contacts Harry Bosch because she thinks someone switched his medication. While investigating Harry runs into a serial killer and the FBI who don't want him around. Book stands alone but it is more meaningful if you read The Poet and Blood Work first. Very good book.
FBI agent Rachel Walling gets the call she has 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 her either !
FBI agent Rachel Walling gets call she's dreaded for years re: The Poet. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call also. Now the two are at odds with the FBI...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 his darkness. A great page turner.
Solid, fast paced story - brings three of Connelly's characters together. I got so engrossed with the story that I couldn't put it down for more than a few minutes. He has such a compelling story-telling style that grips you immediately and doesn't let go. You just can't wait to see what happens next.
FBI Agent Rachel Walling encounters a serial killer from her past. Former LAPD Det. Harry Bosch becomes involved in the same case from a different angle. His old partner dies and the widow thinks it was not an accident. During his investigation, Rachel and Harry have to work together and through issues from their past to catch the Poet.
FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years.The Poet has returned.Years earlier she worked on the famous case tracking the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten the Poet-and apparently he has not forgotten her. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too, from an old friend whose husband recently died.The death appeared natural, but this man's ties to the hunt for the Poet make Harry dig deep.What he finds leads him into the most terrifying situation he has ever encountered. So begins the most deeply compelling, frightening, and masterful novel Michael Connelly has ever written, placing Harry Bosch squarely in the path of the most ruthless and ingenious murderer in Los Angeles's history. This spectacularly dramatic and shocking novel will have Michael Connelly's readers desperately hungry for the next book from 'one of America's best writers' (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Harry Bosch is working as a private investigator when he is contacted concerning the death of a friend. Was it natural causes or was it murder? Harry's investigation leads him to the California desert where he finds the FBI uncovering several bodies. He also finds FBI Agent Rachel Walling. After years of silence, Rachel has received a note from the Poet, a serial killer who disappeared without a trace several years ago and Rachel's former boss. Harry and Rachel join forces when they realize they may be searching for the same person.
This book brings together Harry Bosch and the Poet. The first part of the story moved fast with Harry's investigation intersecting with Rachels. The second half was a little slower for me. The search takes Harry to Las Vegas where he visits his daughter and ex-wife. I could have done without that part of the book. The ending of the book was very exciting. I recommend you read "The Poet" before reading this book. Actually, I recommend the whole Harry Bosch series. My rating: 4 Stars.