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Publisher's Summary

FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

Harry Bosch gets a call, too. The former LAPD detective hears from the wife of an old friend who has recently died. The death appeared natural, but this man's ties to the hunt for the Poet make Harry dig deep, and lead him into a terrifying, bewildering situation.

So begins the most compelling, frightening, and masterful novel Michael Connelly has ever written. The Narrows places Harry Bosch in league with Rachel Walling, at odds with the FBI and squarely in the path of the most ruthless and ingenious murderer in Los Angeles' history. What follows is a taut and tantalizing mystery that has Harry Bosch racing from the hostile vistas of the Nevada desert to the glittering Las Vegas strip to the dark corners of Los Angeles.

Through it all, Bosch works at his newfound life as father to a young daughter, balancing the deepest love he has ever felt with his own sense of mission and his profound awareness of evil.

Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.
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Critic Reviews

"Michael Connelly's best crime novel since City of Bones." (The New York Times) "A dynamite plot, fully flowered characters, and a meticulous attention to the details of investigative procedure....Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Anna
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 02-26-13

More disappointing than some others of Connelly's.

What did you like best about The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10? What did you like least?

Connelly's description of the most banal in order to make an otherwise short story long was very disappointing.

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  • Lowell
  • Augusta, GA, United States
  • 12-24-12

Harry Bosch is not at his best

The story does not end well. More like a cliffhanger in the movies. We know the killer from the start and how to catch him is the story. Also several arrows at the FBI. Just disappointed me.

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From a Michael Connelly Fan

What made the experience of listening to The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10 the most enjoyable?

I love the narrators of all the Connelly books, and the storyline and Bosch character development are great. There is always a twist at the end usually one that I don't see coming. I am sad that I have finished the series. Need suggestions on a new series to try, I love following the characters and story lines through more than one book. .

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Decent sequel to the Poet

Advice: Read The Poet before reading the Narrows. I love reading Connelly's stories, but I get frustrated when references to previous story lines (that I have not read) or occurences are made in stories that I am currently reading. For example I read the Narrows before reading the Poet. It was a spoiler for me. But it helped to review as this is my second listening of this story. The Narrows make more sense after listening to/reading the The Poet. The end of the Poet story did leave some unfinished business. The twisting plot and clues continue to make this an exciting story. The setting is 4 years after the Poet was shot by Rachel. As the publisher's review indicates, the Poet has re-surfaced. He has revenge on his mind and he seems more mad, insane in the Narrows.

The Narrows provide a good opportunity to follow up with Rachel and Backus. While I missed the Jack McEvoy character, the news reporter it was good to have Harry Bosch included in the story. HIs storyline is also intriguing. I am going to have to find the story that explains what happened to marriage, when was his daughter born and what happened to (his ex-wife, former FBI agent) Eleanor's career.

In addition, I also am going to find and listen to the second sequel--The Scarecrow. Maybe all of the characters will be included. I will be curious to find out who will be Rachel's next lover. The continuity among the various stories would be easier to follow if there was available a list of the titles in the order written or order to read. Good series to follow because of the involvement of different law enforcement agencies, money, travel, romance, and good old fashion police work. I am hooked.

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  • Jonas
  • Uppsala, Sweden
  • 02-12-11

Too much of a superhero fight

I love the Harry Bosch series, and I thought "The Poet" was a great read (listen). But experiencing the sequel to that book felt a bit too much like a superhero vs superhero fight. The best law enforcement officer(s) in the country comes up against the biggest and baddest serial killer of all time - that sort of thing.

With that being said Connelly still manages to catch my attention all through the book. And ultimately, it is in fact quite a good book. Although some way short of a great one. I wish Connelly would tone down Bosch's' adversaries to more of a realistic level at times.

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  • Ed
  • Bownstown, MI, United States
  • 10-21-10

Best Bosch Yet

I've read all of the Harry Bosch books in order and feel like I almost know him personally - thanks to the writing skills of Connelly. It's easy to take his books for granted, nothing supper flashy or over the top dramatic, just good solid story telling, excellent character development and just the right attention to detail.

This book is no exception - in fact I can say, without reservation, it's the best in the series so far. The story is told from a few perspectives which makes it even more unique and interesting. A very nice twist. It appears that Connelly is getting more comfortable with Bosch and truly enjoys "being" Harry Bosch. It comes out more clearly in this book than in any other. This ones a gem and I highly recommend it to new comers and series fans alike.

Len Cariou does a pretty good job narrating the last two in the series. I had my doubts when Dick Hill was seemingly replace by Ben (he sets a high bar for any narrator), but he does an admirable job.

Credits well spent.

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good read

It was a good read

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Certainly not the best in the Bosch series

I've been listening to the the Harry Bosch series in order and have enjoyed the complex plots and character development. I also liked the connections to main characters in other Connelly books. This particular book, however, breaks out toward the bottom of the list. I found the story somewhat predictable and more like a TV pilot than a good Michael Connelly mystery. Harry seemed a bit dumbed down, if not a bit wimpy. Moreover, as a sequel to "The Poet", an excellent book, The Narrows was a let down. FBI Agent Rachel Walling and the villain, the Poet, weren't as captivating as in the original story. Maybe the Poet should have died in the first installment.

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Narration took something away from a great book

I really enjoyed the story, but the narration got on my nerves. The inflection was really off at times, just didn't fit. And there short musical bits at the starts of chapters that really threw me off too.

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  • Paul
  • houston, TX, USA
  • 10-13-09

Super Book, could not get out of my car!

Especially after the disapointing "lost Light" had me thinking of quiting the series. Very interesting, lots of different locations, well paced story. Only, very minor, issue was w/ the exelent narration except for the maid and little girl. Maid sounded like speedy gonzolas and little gire was too ??? Both were small parts and overall narration was great.