Former FBI agent Rachel Walling is working a dead-end stint in South Dakota when she gets the call she's been dreading for four years. The Poet is back. And he has not forgotten Rachel. He has a special present for her. Harry Bosch is adjusting to life in Las Vegas as a private investigator and a new father. He gets a call, too - from the ...Read MoreFormer FBI agent Rachel Walling is working a dead-end stint in South Dakota when she gets the call she's been dreading for four years. The Poet is back. And he has not forgotten Rachel. He has a special present for her. Harry Bosch is adjusting to life in Las Vegas as a private investigator and a new father. He gets a call, too - from the widow of a friend who died recently. Previously in his FBI career, the friend worked on the famous case tracking the killer known as The Poet. That fact makes some of the elements of his death doubly suspicious. This novel places Michael Connelly's much-loved hero, Harry Bosch, square in the path of the most ruthless and inventive murderer he has ever encountered. It is a spectacularly dramatic and shocking novel that should take Michael Connelly to the No. 1 slot again on the Sunday Times bestseller list.Read Less
THE NARROWS is not the best book to read if this is the reader?s first experience with Michael Connelly. This author, like many others, has an ongoing story about the main and some secondary characters. Please look at the booklist below.
I would recommend reading the books with the double asterisk in order: THE POET > BLOOD WORK > A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT > THE NARROWS. There are so many references to the previous books; most new readers will be aggravated that they do not grasp their significance in the current book.
?The Poet? is back! He?s the diabolical serial murderer that started his career in the FBI; thus, he knows all the tricks and knows how the FBI thinks. Now, Terry McCaleb, an ex-FBI profiler and serial killer expert, has died.
His wife wants Harry Bosch to investigate because the blood work from the autopsy shows that McCaleb did NOT have any of the critical medicines in his blood stream at the time of his death. These medicines helped his transplanted heart to function ? without them, he died.
McCaleb?s business partner and his wife assure Harry that Terry was religious about taking his meds. Terry kept his old files (unsolved cases) and regularly worked them in his spare time. As Harry works his way through those cases, he realizes that Terry was on the Poet?s trail.
This is a taut drama with lots of dead-ends and twists. The pacing is excellent; I had to finish it because I couldn?t put it down. 5 STARS
**1. Blood Work (1998)
**2. A Darkness More Than Night (2000)
1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1996)
6. Angels Flight (1998)
**7. A Darkness More Than Night (2000)
8. City Of Bones (2002)
9. Lost Light (2003)
**10. The Narrows (2004)
**1. The Poet (1995)
2. The Scarecrow (2009)
Jun 13, 2012
twists & turns
This book was full of twists and turns. It was pretty cool, well written, and noticeing that it had 2 people who were lead characters who worked well w/each other to hunt down this perp only made it even better than I thought it would be. I have to say tho that the suspense slowed a bit whenever the "red tapers" come into play and tries to stop them from getting to the truth sooner. Otherwise it moved along well. I appreciated it and will most likely find another of Michaels' books to read. Usually auhors of this calliber only get better book after book.
Jun 24, 2009
I really enjoyed this book, just as I enjoyed its prequel, The Poet. Connelly is an excellent writer and I enjoy all he does.
May 24, 2007
CONNELLY'S MOST ENERGIZED NOVEL TO DATE
I found The Narrows to be Michael Connelly's best work to date. I love Harry Bosch's complex character, his patient, methodical following of clues and his dealing with bureaucratic obstacles. He's come to feel like an old friend. Harry Bosch is now at the peak of his crime fighting form in this compelling, frightening, and downright shocking thriller, as he squares off against Connelly's most infamous villain, The Poet. Not only does Bosch-- along with Rachel Walling-- try to outwit a brilliant killing machine, he manages to balance the investigation with poignant attempts to bond with his newly discovered daughter, as well as pay a debt owed to a deceased friend. Connelly has produced the creepy, cunning killer he is famous for and, at the same time , has weaved plausible human drama into the story line. I would definitely rate The Narrows as excellent. It is crime fiction at its gutsy best.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-04-12 There's a gravitas to the mystery/thrillers of Michael Connelly, a bedrock commitment to the value of human life and the need for law enforcement pros to defend that value, that sets his work apart and above that of many of his contemporaries. That gravitas is in full force in Connelly's newest, and as nearly always in the work of this talented writer, it supports a dynamite plot, fully flowered characters and a meticulous attention to the details of investigative procedure. There are also some nifty hooks to this new Connelly: it features his most popular series character, retired L.A. homicide cop Harry Bosch, but it's also a sequel to his first stand-alone, The Poet (1996), and is only his second novel (along with The Poet) to be written in both first and third person. The first-person sections are narrated by Bosch, who agrees as a favor to the widow to investigate the death of Bosch's erstwhile colleague and friend Terry McCaleb (of Blood Work and A Darkness More Than Night). Bosch's digging brings him into contact with Rachel Walling, the FBI agent heroine of The Poet, and the third-person narrative concerns mostly her. Though generally presumed dead, the Poetthe serial killer who was a highly placed Fed and Walling's mentoris alive and killing anew, with, we soon learn, McCaleb among his victims and his sights now set on Walling. The story shuttles between Bosch's California and the Nevada desert, where the Poet has buried his victims to lure Walling. The suspense is steady throughout but, until a breathtaking climactic chase, arises more from Bosch and Walling's patient and inspired following of clues and dealing with bureaucratic obstacles than from slash-and-dash: an unusually intelligent approach to generating thrills. Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces. (One-day laydown, May 3) Forecast: Connelly should hit #1 with this even without trying, but he and Little, Brown are going all out to support the novel, with plans including a 15-city author tour, a Today Show appearance and the distribution to media and bookstores of a DVD, Michael Connelly's Los Angeles, narrated by CSI star William Petersen. Simultaneous Time Warner Audio and large print edition. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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