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The Narrows (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 10) Kindle Edition
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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 her.
Former 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 FBI . . . and 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 . . .
- ASIN : B000FC1MNW
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 3, 2004)
- Publication date : May 3, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 1904 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 456 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0446611646
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,154 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, it is difficult to track Harry bio graphically, although I made an effort to read the novels in order. That soon fell through, as I was able to purchase them (some used) at different times. But I WISH they were numbered on the books themselves. One moment he has a daughter living with him; the next, she is nowhere to be seen. A lover is here; then she is gone. His house is red-tagged; then it is completely rebuilt.
I am a Bosch addict. I read this novel in one day.
But I am frustrated in attempts to track what is happening in Harry’s personal life. It would help if the books themselves were numbered. But even then, there are huge gaps. The house is red-tagged. The house is rebuilt. The daughter is there. Then she’s not. A lover is there. Then she disappears to Italy or something.
Secondly, some of these women Harry is so fixated on seem downright hostile to me. The man is an obsessive detective; finding killers will always be the biggest part of his life. Live with it. It’s like being married to a pilot or a doctor or a pro-golfer. You either accept it and love him when he’s there, or find a 9-5 accountant. So I am not in love with the women in Harry’s life and often find them irritating. Finis.
Robert Backus: former FBI Behavioral Science, former mentor, former Poet. Is he back? All signs point in that direction, and Agent Rachel Walling is called out of exile in the badlands of North Dakota...but she is not given any power to actually investigate what appears to be his work.
Meanwhile, during the investigation of the death of McCaleb, Harry comes across cryptic noted and pictures of McCaleb's family without their knowledge. Was McCaleb being targeted? By who? Why? One of the pictures is taken in Nevada of a road sign, ZZyzx. Bosch decides to go and see what it leads to.
Walling and Bosch, both pretty much outsiders, he is former LAPD, retired, and she is not in good standing, They are paired because Agent Walling is already there and he has information. Are the two cases a combination of the work of one madman, or was this all a coincidence. Bosch doesn't believe in coincidences. There are hints as to whom is doing the killing, but why, and how were they lured to their excruciating deaths.
Then, Harry's ex wife is keeping a secret. He knows she is and this is one of those mysteries he must solve. However, when he discovers what this life changing secret is, he could never have imagined what it turned out to be.
The book was interesting how the crimes were solved, they were led to certain places that apparently they were led to intentionally. They were being played.
In the course of his investigation Harry stumbles on a huge excavation taking place off Zzyzx Road, a nowhere junction along I-15 between LA and Las Vegas. (I’ve seen it several times and it always provoked a laugh.) Turns out the excavators are FBI folks and they are finding a number of bodies whose deaths point to a nemesis called The Poet.
One of the FBI agents at the “big dig” is Rachel Walling, an old friend of Bosch who’s been brought down from her office in South Dakota to help. She’s been warned about taking too aggressive a role in this investigation but she does have a good reason to participate fully; The Poet is a psycho named Backus who was Rachel’s FBI mentor many years before.
Bosch is not welcomed by the FBI; they don’t want any help from a retired LA police officer, thank-you-very-much. But Bosch doesn’t care about that because he has his own case to worry about. And since he’s in the Las Vegas vicinity, it’s a great opportunity to get over to “Sin City” and see his daughter, Maddie, who lives there with her mother, Eleanor.
Backus is also the master of many disguises and is watching everyone closely. As you might suspect, “outsiders” Bosch and Walling get together (in several ways) to hunt and find Backus in a tension-filled ending.
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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.
For me I find it sad that his use of the English Language is Americanised but I guess many of his readers are American. One of the worst for me is the word 'Gotten', there is of course no such word in correct English. The storyline more than makes up for this. I recommend reading the books in the correct order, although they are predominately stand alone books, there is a degree of follow on.
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