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The Narrows (Harry Bosch)by Michael Connelly
Synopses & Reviews
FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes — and apparently he has not forgotten her.
Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too — from the widow of an old friend. Her husband's death seems natural, but 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 Rachel. Now the two are at odds with the FBI...and squarely in the path of the Poet, who will lead them on a wicked ride out of the heat, through the narrows of evil, and into a darkness all his own...
"[A]n unusually intelligent approach to generating thrills. Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces." Publishers Weekly
"Expertly juggling the narrative between Bosch's brooding, hard-boiled voice and a broader third-person perspective...Connelly builds tension exponentially through superb use of dramatic irony....This is Connelly at the top of his game." Bill Ott, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Connelly knows his forensic evidence and his serial killers, and he is very good on crime-solving techniques and processing — both physical and mental...fans of Harry Bosch undoubtedly will be pleased." John Katzenbach, The Washington Post Book World
"[Connelly's] vision remains rivetingly spare....Although The Narrows is linked by long tentacles to this author's other novels, it works perfectly well on its own....But The Narrows is so enveloping that it may send readers back to the early lives of these characters." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[I]f you save this for hot weather, forget the air conditioner; the chills come built in....This is scarifying in a big way — a Thomas Harris kind of scary, which is high praise indeed." Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
"All the flaws of Michael Connelly's writing are on display in The Narrows: the humorlessness, the sentimentality disguised as masculine stoicism, the moralistic attitude toward any vaguely disreputable pleasure....But also on display are Connelly's considerable talents as a plotter....If you haven't tried Connelly, all I can say is that as a storyteller, he's good enough so that even [his bad writing] isn't enough to keep you from turning the pages." Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"[A]n OK effort that holds the reader to its melodramatic end....The nits to pick here are fairly small, and it remains a pleasure to start a new Connelly offering....But it's time for him to unload something outrageously good again." Sam Allis, The Boston Globe
"Fiendishly clever plotter that he is, Connelly has a field day maneuvering all the players into game position for this murder marathon." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"[O]ne of the best crime novelists in the world....Connelly doesn't push the edges of the genre so much as skillfully work in the middle." Jeff Baker, The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
The Narrows contains all the finely considered elements that mark Connelly as one of the premiere voices working in contemporary crime fiction....Most of The Narrows stands as proof of Connelly's magic." Robin Vidimos, The Denver Post
"A bit hammy and occasionally rushed, The Narrows doesn't rank as one of Connelly's greatest hits....Still, even second-rate Connelly will take you on a wild, heart-stopping ride.....The stuff is habit-forming. (Grade: B+)" Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly
Former LAPD Detective Harry Bosch returns in this New York Times bestseller. Harry investigates the death of an old friend who had ties to the hunt for the infamous serial killer, the Poet. What Harry finds leads him into the most terrifying situation he has ever encountered.
About the Author
Michael Connelly is the author of the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels, including A Darkness More than Night, City of Bones, and, most recently, Lost Light; and the bestselling novels Chasing the Dime, The Poet, Blood Work, and Void Moon. He lives in Florida.
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