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Michael Connelly
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11 Jun 2009

Former FBI agent Rachel Walling is working a dead-end stint in South Dakota when she gets the call she's been dreading for four years. The Poet is back. And he has not forgotten Rachel. He has a special present for her.

Harry Bosch is adjusting to life in Las Vegas as a private investigator and as a new father. He gets a call, too, from the widow of a friend who died recently. Previously in his FBI career, the friend worked on the famous case tracking the killer known as The Poet. This fact alone makes some of the elements of his death doubly suspicious.

And Harry Bosch is heading straight into the path of the most ruthless and inventive murderer he has ever encountered...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409116913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116912
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,716 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.
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

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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.


'Satisfying and creepy mystery.' -- SUNDAY TIMES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As readable as always 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Slower than Previous Bosch 18 Jun 2004
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By T. D. Welsh TOP 500 REVIEWER
First the good news: this is another fine Harry Bosch detective thriller, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. In fact I found myself sitting up late to read the last third, because I just had to know the outcome. Connelly pulls together a large cast of characters: Bosch himself, one or two of his old police colleagues, the FBI - including Rachel Walling, the agent who shot the Poet - and the family of retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb. In a way, this is what causes the book's main problem: although good, it could have been still better. The first two thirds of "The Narrows" consists of a sustained build-up of tension, which arouses very high expectations. The relatively straightforward denouement feels like a letdown, but only relative to the terrific excitement that Connelly generates.
There are a few interesting technical touches. Authors usually write in either the first person or the third person throughout. Here, Connelly makes Bosch the narrator, but cuts in and out with third-person views on the rest of the cast. To my surprise, he succeeds in making it work pretty well. He also gets away with mentioning the film of "Blood Work", and having a character read "The Poet". At one stage, Harry even feels "the wire in the blood".
I think Connelly is more interested in, and perhaps better informed about, police work than the psychology of serial killers. The Poet is scary, yes: but in a matter-of-fact way, whereas some of Thomas Harris', Mo Hayder's or Val McDermid's murderers inspire feelings of genuine terror.
Bottom line: I, too, got this book as a Father's Day gift, but if I hadn't I would have been happy to buy it in hardback. That's not something I could say of many authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for Bosch fans.
even if you've not read The Poet it's still an excellent read. Harry Bosch is the best ever LAPD detective.
Published 17 days ago by angie sellence
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
As always a wonderful read,from Michael Connelly. The pace is fast moving, and drawers the reader along. Bosch story's are always worth a read.
Published 24 days ago by Email Bod
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
He does it again far best so far it does not get better than this absolutely fabulous bring on the next one
Published 5 months ago by martin tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Connelly
Brilliant! As Usual! Nothing more to say - does the report ask for more? Not going to get anymore as would be giving the plot away!
Published 5 months ago by Fred
4.0 out of 5 stars riveting
Awesome read, totally riveting !!! Harry Bosch at his very best !!! Let there be more great adventures to follow.
Published 6 months ago by c collard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as some of Connelly's other stories
For me, this book doesn't have the urgent, page-turning force of his other books. I'm not writing any more than that.
Published 7 months ago by L Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars The Narrows
A quarter through, I thought I should stop and read The Poet ! I didn't need to and I'm glad I stuck with The Narrows. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read!
The Harry Bosch thrillers are always first class and this was one I certainly couldn't put down. Unfortunately I've now read most of the series! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars The Narrows
Just finished reading it today. Really good story and plot. Definitely up to Michael Connelly standard. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Harriet
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot but reminiscent of something else
Love MIchael Connelly stories but this one seemed to have an ending somewhat like another book I had read but I cant remember which - could have been a Patricia Cornwell
Published 8 months ago by Rickardo Rossi
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