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The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10)

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Strong spine with light crease. Bright clean cover has light edge wear. Text is perfect. Same day shipping.
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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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Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series! really good writing and so eclectic (paperback!)
James Thane
The Narrows brings together several of Michael Connelly's characters, including L.A. detective Harry bosch, Connelly's main protagonist; F.B.I. agent Rachel Walling from The Poet; and Terry McCaleb, a former F.B.I. profiler, who first appeared in Blood Work.

Actually, as this book opens, McCaleb has just died. He was the survivor of a heart transplant and apparently died when his new heart failed him while he was out at sea on the charter fishing boat that he operated. It all seems pretty straigh
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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
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Tiffany PSquared
I knew this going in on the day I took the case that would lead me into the narrows. I knew that my life's mission would always take me to the places where evil waits, to the places where the truth that I might find would be an ugly and horrible thing.

In this sequel to The Poet, Rachel Walling is once again on the trail of the sinister serial killer that evaded her years before. Operating on the fringes of the FBI with former detective Harry Bosch, Rachel works to overcome being used as bait
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Jonetta
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
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Diane
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series! gripping drama,intriguing storyline,lots of tense action..superb character development and Bosch always comes across as such a believable hero..well written (paperback!)
Carol
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
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Phrynne
Apr 06, 2016 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
Peter
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series as a nice diversion from some of the more challenging and literary oriented books I read.

Bosch is eminently relatable as the brooding loner, still stinging from the wounds of his youth, and unable to stay close to any woman--unless it's on a case. There's a romanticism about him from afar, even if being him would be a lonely and painful existence.

In Narrows, Connelly brings together several of his regular characters like Terry Mcaleb from Bloodwork and Rachel Walling, the F
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Tim
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this story to be all right, but not exceptional. It could have used more action and a clear, refined end in my opinion. 6 of 10 stars
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
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Richard
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
8/10

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
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Jane Stewart
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Another engaging and well done mystery in the series.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
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
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Book Addict Shaun
Crime fiction honestly does not get any better than this. Michael Connelly is just phenomenal and Harry Bosch is by far and away this genre’s best character. After abandoning my most recent read I turned back to this series because I knew that it wouldn’t disappoint. In fact, ten books in and it’s still getting better and better. I adore Harry Bosch and could read about him forever, I dread the day there’s a final Bosch novel because I never want that day to come.

The Narrows is another gripping
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David
Jul 23, 2011 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
Debra
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
Ms.pegasus
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rob
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
The Narrows is the sequel to The Poet where a FBI agent turns ruthless killer. Now the poet is back and worse than ever.
Whilst investigating the suspicious death of a friend Harry finds information that puts him on a path that could lead to the Poet.
At the same time FBI agent, Rachel Walling's, who was instrumental in discovering who the Poet was in the first book, is also on the trail of the Poet.
Their paths intersect and Harry and Rachel team up in a desperate attempt to stop the Poets killing
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Jim
Jun 14, 2016 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
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Obsidian
I read this for "Murder Most Foul": The Narrows by Michael Connelly which is part of a murder mystery series (Harry Bosch).

A FBI agent named Rachel Walling is trying to track down a serial killer called The Poet. She ends up joining forces with LAPD detective Harry Bosch.

I'm going to suggest that you just plug your nose and suffer through the first 35 percent of the book. Until Bosch and Rachel Walling meet the book reads as two different stories. It doesn't help matters that Connelly chose to
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Jamie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly is just so damn good. His storytelling, narrative, and plots are unparalleled... and he does it at such a prolific rate.

What I enjoyed most about the Narrows was how previous Bosch Universe characters melded together into an outstanding novel. Connelly used the differing narratives really well in it, too. Of the 14 Bosch Universe novels I've read so far, this would rank in the top third.
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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Maddy
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch, PI
SETTING: California and Las Vegas
SERIES: #10 of 18
RATING: 4.0
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
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Eric
Dec 13, 2011 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.
Lauren
The Narrows
3 Stars

When an old friend dies suddenly, Harry Bosch is approached by the widow with evidence that her husband may have been murdered. As Harry delves deeper into the case, he finds a connection to a serial killer long believed to be dead. With the FBI reluctant to share information, Harry and disgraced agent, Rachel Walling, team up to uncover the truth.

Series note: It is necessary to read The Poet first in order to understand the backstory.

Like many of Connelly's books, the build
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Robin
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, suspense
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
Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Freda Malone
May 24, 2014 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
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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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"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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“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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