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The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10)

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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

Paperback, 436 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 3rd 2004)
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Xxertz Yes, I would recommend you read The Poet first. The Narrows could be taken as a standalone, but it doesn't have the qualities of a standalone that…moreYes, I would recommend you read The Poet first. The Narrows could be taken as a standalone, but it doesn't have the qualities of a standalone that will keep most people interested. There aren't any new cases introduced and I'm not sure if you'll care about who The Poet is without the first book as background. (less)
Earlene Gamble Yes, it gives away the name of the Poet and whether he is alive or not. Start at the first book by Connelly and read them in order. Characters are…moreYes, it gives away the name of the Poet and whether he is alive or not. Start at the first book by Connelly and read them in order. Characters are developed better and they are all wonderful!(less)
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With a writer of Connelly's popularity, particularly one that works with a regular cast of characters, mixed reviews are to be expected. Each successive book opens the possibility of a narrative letdown. Part of Connelly's decision to collate a few of his most enduring characters into The Narrows was to address concerns many fans had with the ending of The Poet. Though it strikes a few critics as a risky move that doesn't bear repeating, the general consensus is that Connelly pulls the sequel of

Sep 07, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read

"The Narrows" by Michael Connelly
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FBI agent Rachel Walling gets the call she's dreaded for years: the Poet has returned. Years earlier she tracked the serial killer who wove verses into his crimes. Rachel has never forgotten the Poet--and he has not forgotten her. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too: from the wife of a friend who has recently died. The death appeared natural, but ties to the Poet make Harry dig deep. So begins the most frightening and masterf
Amanda Patterson
Nov 16, 2010 Amanda Patterson rated it it was amazing
“The Poet is back. Harry Bosch is on the case.”
Hmmm. How am I supposed to feel about that? The Poet is one of my favourite books – the opening line, ‘Death is my beat. I make my living from it,’ is a classic.
How could Michael Connelly do this to me? He’s taken his classic bestseller and teamed it with his stalwart (and another of my favourite characters), Hieronymous Bosch, retired LA Detective, turned PI.
Could the two mix and more importantly, would they match?
Harry teams up with Rachel Wallin
Nov 03, 2010 Jenn rated it did not like it
Bleh. So, again, Michael Connelly tries his hand at a varied point-of-view book where two characters from The Poet finally meet up with Harry Bosch. Why? Because everyone in any world that Michael Connelly creates must eventually meet up with Harry Bosch. Also: any woman Michael Connelly creates must eventually have sex with Harry Bosch (with two exceptions, who are, of course, women who have sex with each other). That's right: In Connelly-land, you're either sleeping with Harry Bosch, or you're ...more
Bob Mayer
Feb 20, 2011 Bob Mayer rated it liked it
Not one of Connelly's better outings. I sometimes feel every other book of his is great, then it sinks. The point of view issue was glaring here-- he tried to recreate what he had done in The Poet and while he got away with it in the first book, it didn't fly here. The mixture of first person and third person in the same scene is jarring. Still, a good read overall.
Apr 19, 2011 David rated it really liked it
This is another excellent effort by Michael Connelly, with some imperfections that, for me, put it short of five stars. Terry McCaleb, the protagonist of "Blood Work", is dead, and his widow asks Harry Bosch to look into his death. Bosch ultimately agrees, and his pursuit of an explanation ends up with him on the trail of the villian of a past Connelly book, although this is new for Bosch. As always, the plot is advanced logically and thoughfully, keeping the reader turning the pages.

Those who a
Tony Gleeson
Jul 11, 2011 Tony Gleeson rated it liked it
When Michael Connelly finished his book "The Poet," he declared he wanted to finish his book with his killer still at large but later, having become a parent, he had a change of heart and felt he needed to have his villain ultimately tracked down (at least this is the story I've heard-- I would love to have the opportunity to discuss this with Mr. Connelly himself sometime). The result was "The Narrows," which features two of his characters seeking their own redemptions: Harry Bosch (no longer a ...more
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
For those who have read all the Michael Connelly books in order (not just the Bosch series), this is a great book. "The Narrows" has follow-up on Harry's struggles as a P.I. and his dealing with the new personal revelation from the end of "Lost Light". It also unites Bosch with crucial cast members and storylines from two other stand-alone novels ( The Poet and Blood Work), and provides an excellent continued storyline. Connelly also takes the narrative standpoint that has made recent Crais work ...more
Stephen King recommended book and author. In EW, 5/21/04, It's Alive! Alive!, Pop of King, he says: "There's little romantic in ''The Narrows,'' by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, $25.95), but one does not enter the dark world of ex -- LAPD detective Harry Bosch expecting hearts and flowers. Connelly doesn't always write about Bosch; I've always thought his best book was the gruesome (and excruciatingly suspenseful) ''The Poet,'' published in the mid-'90s. Although the climax of ''The Poet'' wa ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 17, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Another engaging and well done mystery in the series.

I am impressed with this author consistently writing such good stories. I’m happily doing one right after the other in this 17 book series. Most of my ratings are 4 and 5 stars. The main difference is the emotional feeling I have at the end. A couple of books had me feeling excited and elated at the end. Another book had me feeling hurt for victims and wanting more justice and revenge which I didn’t like and gave it fewer st
Dec 19, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People that have already read 'The Poet'
Another great Harry Bosch book. While I don't normally love a single book using multiple narrative techniques, neither the switching between the points-of-view of Harry Bosch, Rachel Walling and Robert Bachus, nor the switching between first-person and third-person perspective, bothered me.

I am deducting a star, however, because there was no warning that I was starting a novel that was clearly a sequel to Michael Connelly's The Poet, which I hadn't already read, and isn't a Harry Bosch book.
Feb 02, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
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It's hard to say exactly who the main protagonist of The Narrows actually is. The story intertwines three of the protagonists from Connelly's previous works: the inimitable, unstoppable Harry Bosch of some 10 previous books, the cold, analytical Rachel Walling of The Poet, and in the background, overshadowing all of the thoughts of the other two, is the insight and spirit of Terry McCaleb from Blood Work. Rachel Walling is called out of her FBI purgatory of the Dakotas because h
Oct 24, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
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Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E
Mike (the Paladin)
This is only the second Harry Bosch novel I've read...though it's the 10th in the series. I found it better than the first. I do think that I've finally hit a stopping or at least a pausing place in my "Michael Connelly marathon".

Mr. Connelly has several characters in several series and they occasionally cross over and interact with each other. We get Rachael involved here with Harry as we (view spoiler) the career of the psychopath known as the Poet. I read this as I wa
Cathy DuPont
Jun 05, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it liked it
After a break from Harry Bosch, it was good to get back to see what he was up to.

And it didn't take long for Harry to get back into the life of the most sly character seen in awhile, The Poet.

I think it was GR friend Harry who said reading the The Poet was a must before reading The Narrows and it was good advice.

Harry Bosch, a loner, but the best and brightest of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), took an early retirement and works now as a P.I.

The wife of a fellow LAPD detective asks
Dec 04, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
SETTING: California and Las Vegas
SERIES: #10 of 18
WHY: "The Poet" has returned. He's taunting the authorities (and his former FBI colleagues, in particular, Rachel Walling) with GPS coordinates that lead to several bodies in a remote Nevada location. After shooting the Poet, Robert Backus, Rachel has ended up in persona non grata in a South Dakota FBI office. There's a connection to the death of Terry McCaleb, a former reporter who ran into the Poet. McCale
Oct 11, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
What a delicious combination - former LAPD policeman Harry Bosch teams up with FBI Agent Rachel Walling and together they match wits with the reborn psychopathic serial killer known as 'The Poet'. Has Harry finally met his match? Is Rachel going to survive another evil encounter with a sadistic killer - one she thought she had already terminated? I just had to keep turning the pages to find out! In fact, it is rare that I will read a book in one sitting - but I did with this one. Be warned, once ...more
Freda Malone
Mar 07, 2016 Freda Malone rated it really liked it
The tenth in the series and I'm still not bored with Harry Bosch. I really liked this one as it introduces us to The Poet, a seriously smart former FBI agent, turned serial killer. I disliked Rachael Walling, demoted, impatient, FBI agent who has no regard for anything but 'rushing in' on a scene. I'm hoping this is the ONLY novel she is in.

Bosch loves his daughter and it shows. God, what an old softie he is turning out to be, but it doesn't keep him from solving even the most complex cases. Wi
❆ Crystal ❆
Mar 15, 2016 ❆ Crystal ❆ rated it really liked it
4 stars. I enjoyed another great installment in the Harry Bosch series!
When it comes to reading series, I admit I am obsessive/compulsive. I read the books in the order of their publication and, if I find that I have accidentally read one out of order, I circle back and read the overlooked book(s) as soon as possible.

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series is one of my favorites, but I hate it when he combines Harry with one of his other primary characters in books. I don't really mind Mickey, the Lincoln Lawyer, but I never liked Terry McCaleb. So, when it came tim
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Asghar Abbas
Mar 01, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it

Love Harry and Rachael together again.
Solid addition to a satisfying series
The Hook Personal goal to work my way through this series.

The Line “The woman had long journeys in her voice and I liked that.”

The Sinker – The character of Harry Bosch captivates me. I believe this is due to his blend of a hard-core, rough-edged cop who can throw a punch with the best of them, and in the next scene displays an underlying gentleness that brushes the hair off his sleeping daughter’s brow and appreciates, art, music, poetry or a good book.

The P
Apr 07, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Working my way steadily through the Harry Bosch series and here I am at number 10. I can always rely on Michael Connelly for a good read and as usual he did not let me down. Harry is working really well at the moment, using his smarts and keeping ahead of the FBI in his investigations. He is still working as a PI but it appears that he is about to go back into the police force. The Narrows is the usual format - lots of police procedure interspersed with action and plenty of suspense. The way Con ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

This is basically an Avengers Assemble for the Harry Bosch world. Pretty much everyone who has been in a Bosch book up to this point (sorry, no Mickey Haller) is either here or mentioned here. Ok, no Edger either and probably loads more that I've forgot. But, my point is this novel is by no means standalone and requires a bit of reading from other books in Michael Connelly's bibliography to fully get what's happening.

The story is split over 3 viewpoints, the main two are Harry Bosch (first p
Jun 17, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Connelly does it again, really pulls a lot of strings together & spins a twisting tale that's impossible to put down, especially if the books have been read in order. At a minimum, The Poet should be read first. Harry is really on his game in this one which makes it even more fun.

What constantly amazes me is how interesting these books are without a lot of graphic violence & sex. As boring as police work can be, usually is according to these, it's still fascinating & gripping. H
Jul 04, 2016 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
The Narrows by Michael Connelly is the 10th book featuring Harry Bosch. Graciela McCaleb asks Harry to look into the death of her husband and his friend, ex FBI profiler Terry McCaleb. The Pet is back and Harry stumbles into the hunt for this killer. The Poet had been the first Michael Connelly book that I had read many years ago when it came out and was the reason I had come to love this author. This book brings together a lot of the old characters and was amazing. I found I couldn't put it dow ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Durdles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part two of The Poet series and it's Harry Bosch's turn to try and capture the most evil baddy since Hannibal "the cannibal" Lecter. Following some mysterious jottings in the files of a recently deceased former FBI profiler, Bosch becomes aware that the serial killer, Backus, is back back back and burying his latest victims in the Mojave desert near a place called Zzyzx, literally the last place any one would look if they were starting with the index of an atlas. Realising his mistake in not usi ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2016 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The Narrows is a solid component of the Bosch novels. Harry has been invited to look in to a close friends sudden death, and considers whether there is more than meets the eye to his demise.

Concurrently, we meet Rachael, a demoted FBI profiler who has been taunted by a past foe, and is allowed back into the FBI fold in order to work on the mysterious bodies in the desert.

When Harry's investigations cross paths with Rachael's investigations in the desert, Harry begins to wonder if his old frien
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Other Books in the Series

Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1)
  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
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  • City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8; Harry Bosch Universe, #9)
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“The gravel road widened into a large turnaround where three similar looking and designed brothels sat waiting for customers. They were called Sheila's Front Porch, Tawny's High Five Ranch and Miss Delilah's House of Holies.

"Nice," Rachel said as we surveyed the scene. "why are these places always named after women -- as if women actually own them?"

"You got me. I guess Mister Dave's House of Holies wouldn't go over so well with the guys."

Rachel smiled.

"You're right. I guess it's a shrewd move. Name a place of female degradation and slavery after a female and it doesn't sound so bad, does it? It's packaging.”
“You can become unhinged and cut loose from the world. You can believe you are a permanent outsider. But the innocence of a child will bring you back and give you the shield of joy with which to protect yourself. I have learned this late in life but not too late. It’s never too late.” 1 likes
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