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The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10)

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FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call shes dreaded for years. The Poet has returned. Years earlier she worked on the famous case tracking the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten the Poetand apparently he has not forgotten her. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call too, from an old friend whose husband ...more
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Published 2004 by Little, Brown and Company
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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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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
The Poet is my favourite ever Michael Connelly book.

He is back in The Narrows but, although this is good, it is nowhere as good as The Poet.

Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call from the widow of an old friend. Her husband's death seems natural, but Graciella feels that there is something wrong and 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 FBI agent Rachel Wall
The Poet is back! It's been years but he's resurfaced by leaving a note for FBI Agent Rachel Walling. She's called into a new task force as an "observer" since she's still banished to undesirable outposts because of what happened during the original investigation. Meanwhile, Harry Bosch is asked to look into the death of a friend who appeared to die from natural causes. But, it doesn't take long for his investigation to intersect with the FBI's task force.

I don't normally like revisiting former
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 06, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 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
Cathy DuPont
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
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
Feb 01, 2017 Ms.pegasus rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Michael Connelly fans
Shelves: fiction, thriller
THE NARROWS relies heavily on characters and developments from previous books in the Harry Bosch series. Rachel Walling, the FBI profiler who with journalist Jack McEvoy broke “The Poet” case is back. McEvoy got a best seller out of the case; Rachel got exiled by the FBI to a posting in the Dakotas. Six years after retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb and Harry Bosch crossed paths in A DARKNESS MORE THAN LIGHT, Bosch is attending McCaleb's funeral. In Book #9 of the series, Bosch first learned of ...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
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 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
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
Dec 04, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 24, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 24, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2016
Harry Bosch is working as a private investigator when he is contacted concerning the death of a friend. Was it natural causes or was it murder? Harry's investigation leads him to the California desert where he finds the FBI uncovering several bodies. He also finds FBI Agent Rachel Walling. After years of silence, Rachel has received a note from the Poet, a serial killer who disappeared without a trace several years ago and Rachel's former boss. Harry and Rachel join forces when they realize they ...more
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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

Freda Malone
May 24, 2014 Freda Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Asghar Abbas
Mar 01, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love Harry and Rachael together again.
**edited 02/02/14

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
Jul 04, 2016 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melinda Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2016 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bob Mayer
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.
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. I enjoyed another great installment in the Harry Bosch series!
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
Jul 28, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THE POET IS BACK! (That would truly mean more to me if I were not strictly reading the Harry Bosch series in order for now, and chose to read all of Connelly's work in his chronilogical order.) Terry McCaleb is dead and Rachel Walling is back (again, my first glimpse of her, but apparently for Connellites, it holds more water) and Bosch is also PIing with the best of them. This serial killer is back on the prowl and it will take all hands on deck to get him. However, Bosch is tasked first with i ...more
Travis sivarT
Jan 04, 2017 Travis sivarT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Headed towards 5 stars until the end. I felt it could have ended a bit tidier than it did for such experienced and time tested characters. Just didn't need the extra theatrics. Otherwise carried the suspense and intensity of the best of the series .
Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Patterson
“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
So much promise, so much meh. Am I really supposed to believe that Walling, a top FBI profiler now in disgrace, doesn't know basic firearms maneuvers? Or that she'd rush into an active crime scene and start grabbing on things, without even a "I know I should've waited but, dang it, time was of the essence!" or "I lost my head! It won't happen again!"

Nada. She's just basically the worst law enforcement officer in existence. Nice work with the jumper cables, btw. *shakes head*

Still, the Bosch part
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
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"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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