“I read Michael Connelly’s The Poet while my husband flew to England reading The Narrows. Many years pass between the two novels, and many intertwined characters enjoy lives of their own in other books. But Blood Work and The Poet make a good introduction to The Narrows and the novel lived up to all the high expectations my husband’s comments inspired in me.
Michael Connelly again writes his book in two voices, the narrator watching over people’s shoulders, and the first-person narration, this time of retired policeman Harry Bosch. Relationships and backgrounds are cleverly sketched with minimal information and ample mood and conviction, so the reader—this reader anyway—doesn’t feel any loss at missing the intervening books; just an eagerness to go back and read them some day.
FBI agent Rachel Walling has been hidden in the middle of nowhere to keep her out of trouble. LAPD detective Harry Bosch has retired and is trying to find his way between unexpected family life and a desire to investigate mysteries without the aid of a badge. Suddenly Rachel’s name is attached to a new investigation, and the wife of retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb is convinced her husband was murdered. The two mysteries begin to converge with nicely timed discoveries that keep readers one step ahead of the tale while still trailing one step behind the investigation. There are mysteries behind mysteries, secrets behind lies, and a stunning concluding chase where all narrowing options close down to one.
Like all of Connelly’s novels, or at least all I’ve read, The Narrows is finely paced, convincingly plotted, and masterfully designed; not just a mystery; not just an investigation of human nature; not just good vs evil; but something convincingly more than the sum of its parts—a story that stays with the reader long after the telling.
“Its very suspenseful”Nancy B wrote this review Friday, October 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A worthy follow up to the Poet. Satisfied with the Terry McCaleb story line. ”MAJST5 wrote this review Wednesday, September 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good as usual”Boulder wrote this review Tuesday, July 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2nd reading of this, large print this time. book 10 in harry bosch novels.”Jan K wrote this review Wednesday, July 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an older Connelly novel that I had missed. His novels always have so many twists and turns. The human factors keep me thinking, too.”Peggy S wrote this review Thursday, July 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another good Harry Bosch mystery. Bosch confronts The Poet - one of the most horrific killers of his career.”Donna H wrote this review Tuesday, June 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a great book. It was a takeoff of a previous book of his called The Poet, which was very good also. ”Nimrod wrote this review Wednesday, May 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Possibly my favorite author!!! Bosch's attitude is Great!!!”Frankie U wrote this review Sunday, March 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent non-sequel to The Poet. Retired Det. Harry Bosch & Agent Walling from the FBI team up unofficially(of course) to find the resurfaced serial killer The Poet in this action packed story. Loved it!”Lee B wrote this review Thursday, March 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No