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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409116913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116912
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons
The Reversal
The Drop
The Black Box
The Burning Room

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Sequels are all about expectations fulfilled: The Narrows is at once a new novel about Michael Connolly's series hero Harry Bosch, cop turned private eye, and a sequel to The Poet, his most highly regarded stand-alone thriller. Harry is investigating the death of Terry McCaleb--the former FBI man who dominated in Blood Work; Rachel Walling has been recalled from administrative exile when the Poet, her former boss Backus, starts killing again and sending taunts intended for her and McCaleb (who he also trained).

Connolly is very good on the psychology of investigation and on the essential voyeurism involved in contemplating someone else's mental processes. This is a book with a strong sense of place--Connolly can find menace anywhere from the desert of Nevada to the half-hidden dangerous LA river that gives the book its evocative title. If the book has a weakness, it is in the personal interactions of the two detectives--both Harry and Rachel act according to scripts we know well from previous adventures. Nevertheless, The Narrows is one of America's major thriller writers at the top of his game.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review Connelly. (IRELAND ON SUNDAY)

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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 16 Aug. 2007
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On this occasion, Bosch, now as a PI, teams up with a female FBI agent who is not flavour of the month at the Bureau. She is in the middle of things as a likely target for her former boss who has gone bad. Bosch, on the other hand, is investigating the suspected murder of a former agent who was a friend of his, at the request of the agent's wife. The threads soon become one.

This is a typically good Connelly novel with a well-constructed plot. A lot of it is about gathering or interpreting clues and catching up with the bad guy.

There is nothing particularly stylish about Connelly's writing here, but his characterisations are good and he knows how to build a story and keep your mind interested and guessing.

If you've read the prequel and are interested in this follow-up, take care with one of the reviews below - something you may not wish to know about yet is accidentally revealed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Untouchable on 18 Jun. 2004
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Firstly, an important announcement concerning THE NARROWS, the book contains crucial spoilers for those who have not yet read THE POET. If you were planning on reading THE POET, do so before picking this book up. In my opinion, failing to do so will ruin both books.
The Poet is active again. The brilliant but deranged serial killer who somehow escaped in Michael Connelly's award-winning book THE POET has left the FBI the location of his killing field. He also leaves a note inviting Rachel Walling, his FBI combatant in the earlier book, to come and catch him. Since The Poet disappeared Rachel has been posted to the Dakotas as a form of FBI punishment for her failures, but she answers the call and heads straight for the Nevada desert where ten bodies are being exhumed. Joining her, in a round about sort of way is Harry Bosch, who happens to stumble into the investigation, but naturally, runs rings around the FBI.
Their partnership is an uneasy one. Bosch suspects that Rachel has been ordered by her superior to keep an eye on him and this is how she has decided to do it, Rachel knows that Bosch isn't telling her everything he knows about the case. And they're both pretty certain that The Poet is luring them into a trap that he will spring at a time of his choosing. It's a chase that will take them from Las Vegas all the way back to Harry's home turf in Los Angeles.
Michael Connelly has written a celebration of past books by joining together characters from his different series and stand-alones. This isn't the first time he has done this, having already brought together Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb in A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT.
This is certainly not the most compelling book in the Harry Bosch series, but to give it its dues, the detective work was clever and insightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Jun. 2008
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Firstly let me say that I like Michael Connelly's work overall. At first I thought he was a bit James Ellroy-lite, but he is a good plotter and judge of pace, and I always feel compelled to get to the end.
However, there are some problems, at least with recent additions to the Harry Bosch series that dominates his work and seems to be his sprititual home.
Firstly, Bosch himself is not the most original or engaging character. He's old school, laconic, resourceful, technophobic, willing to back hunches and bend rules - but only in a righteous cause; he has the usual messed up private life (estranged wife, kid he dotes on but hardly sees) thanks to his obsession with the job, is contemptuous of political self-promoting types, and loyal to his few friends. Gets involved with women, but it never quite works out for him. A less sexist, but only slightly more modern version of Dirty Harry.
Oh, and he nods a lot. The simple sentence 'Bosch nodded' seems to be repeated about once per page. His partner and on-off lover, FBI agent Rachel Walling, also does her fair share of nodding.
And you just know that there will be a contrived showdown featuring Bosch one-on-one with a psychotic madman. He shouldn't have gone it alone, and it is against all procedure, but of course he has to get his man.
If this were a one-off novel, I'd probably have given it 4 stars because it is solid enough, but in the context of the series to which it belongs it is no more than a workmanlike effort.
I hope Michael Connelly will either pension Bosch off gracefully, or find a new angle for him, because for now he seems to have run out of steam, just as Thomas Harris did with Hannibal Lecter.
This is by no means a bad book, and it will certainly keep you entertained on a long flight, but it is some way from Connelly's best work. It really would be nice to learn something new about Bosch once in a while, and you don't get that here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2008
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I find mysteries about clever serial killers to be especially satisfying. The sub-genre often features a killer who is stalking the police, and that's exactly what happens in The Narrows as an ex-FBI agent, Robert Backus (aka The Poet), tracks his ex-protégée, Rachel Walling, in a sequel to the non-Bosch book, The Poet.

Harry Bosch had worked homicide with LAPD for what seemed like a lifetime until he resigned after much frustration with police politics in City of Bones. Now, Harry is a private detective with a lot of time on his hands.

Harry's life has a new direction after learning at the end of Lost Light that he is the father of four-year-old Maddie by his ex-wife, Eleanor Wish. Eleanor enjoys earning a living as a high-stakes poker player in Las Vegas, and doesn't enjoy Harry's company all that much. Harry is trying to split his time between LA and Lost Wages, but is feeling drawn to the southwest more and more.

Harry stumbles into the serial murder investigation after looking into the suspicious death of an ex-partner whose heart medicine was tampered with. Naturally, the FBI wants him out of their hair . . . but Harry is always at least one step ahead of them. With a clever killer tweaking their curiosity, can Harry hope to survive between the twin anvils of a deadly murderer and the heavy-handed bureaucracy?

Because of the serial killing aspect, the book has a pace and beat that aren't always present in the Harry Bosch novels. This story built up nicely into an exciting ending that made this book qualify more as a thriller than as a detective story.

I haven't read The Poet, and I followed this story just fine. I have no idea how you will feel about this book if you did or didn't like The Poet.

Very nice!
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