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The Narrows Hardcover – Large Print, 3 May 2004

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Lrg edition (3 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316000736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316000734
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,608,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
“Stay out of the narrows…”,
the children of Los Angeles are told. Of Connelly’s 14th novel, which takes its name from the LA flood drainage system, it is advice best taken. If you are new to his work, that is – because THE NARROWS is essentially both a coming together of all Connelly’s work up to this point, and, I think, a renaissance. If you’re a long-term reader, disregard it entirely. Dive in. Indeed, you probably already have.
The Poet is back in business. The serial killer escaped at the conclusion of Connelly’s novel of the same name. The official word, though, was that he had been killed. But now he’s surfaced again, and leads the FBI to a site in the barren Mojave desert where they begin to uncover fresh victims. The FBI brings in agent Rachel Walling, who worked the original case, as an advisor. Meanwhile, in L.A….an old acquaintance of Harry Bosch’s dies. His widow comes to the retired homicide-detective-turned-PI and asks him to investigate, citing some very suspicious circumstances that suggest the death was anything but natural.
The pre-publication buzz about this novel was remarkable – helped along no doubt by the fact that no advanced copies were doled out, destined in the end for sites like eBay. The level of hype may be part of the reason why I’m a little disappointed. Hell, not very though, it’s still a terrific book. Although while I was suspecting it might be Connelly’s best, it’s not quite.
As I’ve said, THE NARROWS is a melding of all his work to date. As a result, it is actually not quite as convincing as all the other Bosch novels unfailingly are.
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