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The Narrows (Harry Bosch Book 10) Kindle Edition
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One of Connelly's best, with some speculation as to Harry's future plans in a lonley world. The good news is that the LAPD want him back on a short-term contract. Readers may want to join in the celebrations. (Philip Oakes LITERARY REVIEW) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B006MPKE3K
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1782 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 359 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,106 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Narrows is very silly but it moves along quite well, and the Bosch character is here in 1st person, which I liked.
This series is all about The Bosch character. Generally he is the only fleshed out character in each book. Almost every other character is a cut-out. Connolly has written some really ridiculous drivel in these books but the Bosch character generally retains some integrity as a character and sometimes even demonstrates some continuity and growth.
I enjoyed the Narrows, but it is a tie in with Connolly’s very silly “the poet” storyline and features some crossovers with the characters from those books. Having Bosch as first person narrator saved it for me.
The FBI has received a letter addressed to Rachel which proves to be from "the Poet" (a previous story) giving GPS coordinates to meet. The meeting is in the Mojave desert, where on inspection by FBI local agents, buried bodies are found. Rachel is invited to attend the site as the Poet was her mentor at the FBI and led to her downfall as an operative. She was subsequently marginalised in a backwoods office.
Harry is asked by the widow of a previous FBI operative - Terry McCaleb - to investigate his death. He often emphasised to her that Harry Bosch was the most effective and reliable person he had ever worked with, even though they worked for very different employers, FBI versus LAPD. Harry immediately starts on the files of cases having most recently been looked at by Terry which gives Harry leads to explore based on the same site.
Harry feels an obscure reflected photo of the photographer, who he thinks is trailing Terry's family in shopping malls, is the infamous Poet disguised by plastic surgery and make-up. Harry goes by way of the Mojave Desert to his flat in Las Vegas, which he visits to see his 6 year-old daughter, and is immediately questioned by the FBI at the burial site. The Agent-in-charge is immature and quite objectionable. She takes Harry's data from his research and instructs him he is off the case. Harry also meets with Rachael Walling there. Their nods and smiles irritate the Agent but indicates to them that they still have much in common.
Eventually, by clever typical Harry detective work, he and Rachel find the Poet. A vehicle chase ensues which runs into a dead end causing all to continue on foot. They head toward a restrictive drainage channel, known locally as "The Narrows," where flow becomes extremely fast and furious, claiming lives over the years. Do Harry and Rachel survive? Read the book, it is great.
For the most part this book didn't disappoint however, just like the Poet, some of the decisions made by the characters (which add drama) seem completely out of character - skipping a big section to block spoilers
in the Poet it was dropping off the coffee was stupid as was Rachel hooking up with McEvoy, while in this it was the decision to enter the trailer, the decision not to call for backup at the end, and the Rachel hooking up with Bosch - wasn't needed, aside from that, very enjoyable read.
No need to rehash the plot or characters. Others have already done that. It's a great read and I will be looking for more lof these engrossing books. Fortunately this is his 14th novel (I think) so there's plenty to choose.
While The Narrows follows on a bit from a previous book (in terms of characters and a killer's previous crimes) it reads well as a stand alone novel and I didn't feel that I needed any more information than was in The Narrows. However I am keen to read the earlier book about The Poet.
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The story opens with a call from the FBI to Rachel Walling asking her for some help with their investigation into some murders they believe may be the work of The Poet who has supposedly died a few years earlier following Walling's investigation.
In the meantime, Terry McCaleb's widow asks Bosch to investigate the death of her husband as she believes she has proof that he was murdered and that he did not die from natural causes. In the course of his investigation, Bosch, who is still a Private Investigator, uncovers evidence that suggests that the Poet may be involved. At this point Bosch gets entangled in the FBI investigation. Bosch's personal life also features in this novel and this time he is contemplating re-joining the Los Angeles Police Department.
For a book of 428 pages, this is actually quite a quick read. While the pace of the story is a little slow to start, once Bosch starts to make progress with his investigation, the pace quickens considerably. There is a very dramatic and action-packed finale.
Meanwhile, the FBI is looking at the murderer known as the Poet, who has re-surfaced and is killing again.
The book describes the strands of the investigations, and how they intersect. Being very careful not to add spoilers here, you understand.
It's a cracker. Starts slowly, but really grabs you. As Harry Bosch always does
I thoroughly recommend this novel and all Connelly writings. Having said that, I recently watched the TV series, 'Bosch' and I just do not believe the casting . . that actor is not Bosch!