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The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  23,683 ratings  ·  867 reviews
Strong spine with light crease. Bright clean cover has light edge wear. Text is perfect. Same day shipping.
Published by ORION (first published May 3rd 2004)
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Ashley 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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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
Dec 19, 2011 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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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
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
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
Domino Finn
Another first person Harry Bosch book with some driving to Vegas. This one follows FBI agent Rachel Walling through part of it and she's a likable enough character but seems to fade into the background near the end. This book is a sort of sequel to The Poet, and earlier Connelly work with Walling and Jack McEvoy (and presumably, the Poet). This means that a minor POV character is the bad guy, which is new for this series. To further complicate matters, this book is sort of in the Terry McCaleb l ...more
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
Kelly Smith
I really like this author because the words he chooses to use to define the characters and locations paint a very clear picture. The story takes place between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with the famed "Zzyzx Road" sign in the middle of the desert between those two cities.

This story is a continuation of "The Poet", in this earlier story, a brilliant, but psychotic FBI agent, who's also a serial killer, thought to be dead, appears to be back and killing again.

There are two parallel investigations
Tony Gleeson
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
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
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
Elizabeth Theiss
During heavy rains in. LA, the narrows guides torrential floodwaters from backyards through a roaring channel to the nearby rivers. The vulnerable and foolish at times are swept away in its dark, rough embrace. Harry Bosch knows this because his mother told him the story of a young boy who died in the flood waters after falling in.

Reading a Harry Bosch novel is a bit like falling into the narrows, as I find myself carried away by the plot, the characters and the momentum of the mystery. Dinner i
Deana M
"The Narrows" brings back Robert Backus who was also the Poet. Harry Bosch is retired from LAPD, but was friends with Terry McCalub who was retired FBI. McCalub's wife, Graciela, wants Bosch to investigate the death of her husband. His death was ruled a normal death because he had a bad ticker and had a heart transplant. His wife does not believe this is the case, and that there was foul play. This story takes Harry to Las Vegas and to the desert where the Poet has come out of hiding and is tryi ...more

"The Narrows" by Michael Connelly
(from the inside flap)

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
Alex Husty
This is my first Harry Bosch novel, though I have read his Mickey Haller series. I should say that I was completely blown by his story writing skills and the way he brings life to his characters. It is a fast paced novel and the action is non stop and expertly drawn. The plot's many unplanted bombs explode unpredictably in the end keeping the excitement alive. There are so many twists and turns that keeps readers guessing and reading further without stopping.
This one was probably about a 3 1/2 for me but I can't bring myself to give it a 3 so I'll bump it up to a 4. Michael Connelly is definitely one of my favorites primarily due to his ability to keep me interested. His books flow well and the characters are well defined and real. His stories are never boring. This particular book resurrects The Poet and brings FBI agent, Rachel Walling, and Harry Bosch, now private investigator, together as a team. There were a couple times that I thought Harry sh ...more
The Narrows by Michael Connelly.

I've enjoyed several Harry Bosch books in this series and this one is no exception. Excellently narrated by Len Cariou who once again did a splendiferous job.
The Poet, a serial killer, is on the loose and Harry is determinedly after him. This time Harry is not alone. Rachel Walling an FBI agent who is also on the way out of the dept. pushes her way into Harry's investigation. At times I found her annoying. The relationship developed and became sexual. Poor choice
Terry McCaleb's ("Blood Work") wife Graciella has come to Harry Bosch to ask him to investigate her husband's death. It was supposedly a heart attack for this heart transplant patient, but Graciella thinks there is more to it. Harry quickly agrees with her as he begins to check McCaleb's papers and his actions in the last days of his life. It soon become a possibility that "the poet," a serial killer everyone thought was dead, was not only not dead, but was responsible for McCaleb's death. Conne ...more
Love the way Connelly weaves the reality of life within the fiction of story. Description and prose blend together in such a vibrant read. Oh, that reminds me, I love the narrator. Love him. When you're listening to books on tape narrators are so important, they can ruin an otherwise good book.
Mike Patrick
After listening to my wife's outstanding fiction and non-fiction writing, attempting to write a clever review of this novel would be futile. Lets just say the writer in the family is not the one writing this passage.

the book was entertaining and the twists and turns with setting and different locales thoroughly immersed me in the story. Bravo Mr. Connelly!
Lisa M
Not one to read as a stand alone. This is a sequel to The Poet as well as heavily involving Terry McCaleb of the standalone novel Blood Work. A little bit meta as the book mentions both the book The Poet as well as the movie Blood Work. Very rewarding if you have read all the previous books.
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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.”
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