The Narrows (Harry Bosch Series #10)

The Narrows (Harry Bosch Series #10)

by Michael Connelly

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In the depths of the Nevada desert, FBI agent Rachel Walling and former LAPD Detective Harry Bosch must confront The Poet, a terrifying serial killer who leads them down a dark and twisted path.

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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455550708
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #10
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 22,580
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and author of over twenty books, including the bestselling Harry Bosch series. His novels Blood Work and The Lincoln Lawyer have been made into major motion pictures. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, as well as an Edgar Award, a Nero Wolfe prize, a Macavity Award, an Anthony Award, and the 2009 Carvalho Prize for his books. Michael Connelly lives in Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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SHE WAS IN DARKNESS, floating on a black sea, a starless sky above. She could hear nothing and see nothing. It was a perfect black moment but then Rachel Walling opened her eyes from the dream.

She stared up at the ceiling. She listened to the wind outside and heard the branches of the azaleas scratching against the window. She wondered if it was the scratching on glass or some other noise from within the house that had awakened her. Then her cell phone rang. She wasn’t startled. She calmly reached to the bed table. She brought the phone to her ear and was fully alert when she answered, her voice showing no indication of sleep.

“Agent Walling,” she said.

“Rachel? It’s Cherie Dei.”

Rachel knew right away that this would not be a Rez call. Cherie Dei meant Quantico. It had been four years since the last time. Rachel had been waiting.

“Where are you, Rachel?”

“I’m at home. Where do you think I’d be?”

“I know you cover a lot of territory now. I thought maybe you —”

“I’m in Rapid City, Cherie. What is it?”

She answered after a long moment of silence.

“He’s resurfaced. He’s back.”

Rachel felt an invisible fist punch into her chest and then hold there. Her mind conjured memories and images. Bad ones. She closed her eyes. Cherie Dei didn’t have to use a name. Rachel knew it was Backus. The Poet had resurfaced. Just as they knew he would. Like a virulent infection that moves through the body, hidden from the outside for years, then breaking the skin as a reminder of its ugliness.

“Tell me.”

“Three days ago we got something in Quantico. A package in the mail. It contained —”

“Three days? You sat on it for three —”

“We didn’t sit on anything. We took our time with it. It was addressed to you. At Behavioral Sciences. The mail room brought it down to us and we had it X-rayed and then we opened it. Carefully.”

“What was in it?”

“A GPS reader.”

A global positioning system reader. Longitude and latitude coordinates. Rachel had encountered one on a case the previous year. An abduction out in the Badlands where the missing camper had marked her trail with a handheld GPS. They found it in her pack and traced her steps back to a camp where she had encountered a man and he had followed her. They got there too late to save her but they would have never gotten there at all if it hadn’t been for the GPS.

“What was on it?”

Rachel sat up and swung her legs over the side of the bed. She brought her free hand to her stomach and closed it like a dead flower. She waited and soon Cherie Dei continued. Rachel remembered her as once being so green, just an observer and learner on the go team, assigned to her under the bureau’s mentoring program. Ten years later and the cases, all the cases, had etched deep grooves into her voice. Cherie Dei wasn’t green anymore and she needed no mentor.

“It had one waypoint in its record. The Mojave. Just inside the California border at Nevada. We flew out yesterday and we went to the marker. We’ve been using thermal imaging and gas probes. Late yesterday we found the first body, Rachel.”

“Who is it?”

“We don’t know yet. It’s old. It had been there a long time. We’re just starting with it. The excavation work is slow.”

“You said the first body. How many more are there?”

“As of when I left the scene last we were up to four. We think there’s more.”

“Cause of death?”

“Too early.”

Rachel was silent as she thought about this. The first questions that ran through her filters were why there and why now.

“Rachel, I’m not calling just to tell you. The point is the Poet is back in play and we want you out here.”

Rachel nodded. It was a given that she would go there.



“Why do you think he was the one who sent the package?”

“We don’t think it. We know it. We got a match a little while ago on a fingerprint from the GPS. He replaced the batteries on it and we got a thumb off of one of them. Robert Backus. It’s him. He’s back.”

Rachel slowly opened her fist and studied her hand. It was as still as a statue’s. The dread she had felt just a moment before was changing. She could admit it to herself but no one else. She could feel the juice begin moving in her blood again, turning it a darker red. Almost black. She had been waiting for this call. She slept every night with the cell phone near her ear. Yes, it was part of the job. The call outs. But this was the only call she had truly been waiting for.

“You can name the waypoints,” Dei said in the silence. “On the GPS. Up to twelve characters and spaces. He named this point ‘Hello Rachel.’ An exact fit. I guess he still has something for you. It’s like he’s calling you out, has some sort of plan.”

Rachel’s memory dredged up an image of a man falling backward through glass and into darkness. Disappearing into the dark void below.

“I’m on my way,” she said.

“We’re running it out of the Vegas field office. It will be easier to keep a blanket on it from there. Just be careful, Rachel. We don’t know what he has in mind with this, you know? Watch your back.”

“I will. I always do.”

“Call me with the details and I’ll pick you up.”

“I will,” she repeated.

Then she pushed the button that disconnected the call. She reached to the bed table and turned on the light. For a moment she remembered the dream, the stillness of the black water and the sky above, like black mirrors facing each other. And her in the middle, just floating.

Copyright © 2004 by Hieronymus, Inc.

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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I read Michael Connelly's The Poet while my husband flew to England reading The Narrows. Many years pass between the two novels, and many intertwined characters enjoy lives of their own in other books. But Blood Work and The Poet make a good introduction to The Narrows and the novel lived up to all the high expectations my husband's comments inspired in me. Michael Connelly again writes his book in two voices, the narrator watching over people's shoulders, and the first-person narration, this time of retired policeman Harry Bosch. Relationships and backgrounds are cleverly sketched with minimal information and ample mood and conviction, so the reader-this reader anyway-doesn't feel any loss at missing the intervening books; just an eagerness to go back and read them some day. FBI agent Rachel Walling has been hidden in the middle of nowhere to keep her out of trouble. LAPD detective Harry Bosch has retired and is trying to find his way between unexpected family life and a desire to investigate mysteries without the aid of a badge. Suddenly Rachel's name is attached to a new investigation, and the wife of retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb is convinced her husband was murdered. The two mysteries begin to converge with nicely timed discoveries that keep readers one step ahead of the tale while still trailing one step behind the investigation. There are mysteries behind mysteries, secrets behind lies, and a stunning concluding chase where all narrowing options close down to one. Like all of Connelly's novels, or at least all I've read, The Narrows is finely paced, convincingly plotted, and masterfully designed; not just a mystery; not just an investigation of human nature; not just good vs evil; but something convincingly more than the sum of its parts-a story that stays with the reader long after the telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book... if you love Bosch you won't be dissapointed. I definitely reccomend that you read Blood Work and The Poet before reading this book. There were quite a few references to the past. Cant help being a tiny bit skeptical as retired cop Bosch was a step ahead of fbi the entire book. Don't get me wrong... Bosch is the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love the Harry Bosch series. I have not read the series from beginning to end and this can present a problem when trying to understand the character development. However, that being said, the stories are great, the characters are extremely interesting and believable and I have yet to be dissatisfied with any of Michael Connelly's novels. Read them - enjoy them!
buttons0 More than 1 year ago
Great book!! Enjoyed the fast paced keep ya on your toes, exciting read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to stay interested in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Couldnt put it down
Carstairs38 5 months ago
The Poet is back, and he is calling out FBI agent Rachel Walling. She has been summoned from a field office in South Dakota to a burial scene in Las Vegas to help the FBI track down this serial killer once and for all. Meanwhile, retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch has been asked to investigate the death of a friend by his widow. Everyone thought this death was natural causes, but Bosch begins to agree that there was something suspicious about his death. Where will the investigation lead? While The Poet wasn’t originally part of the Harry Bosch series, this is a direct sequel to that Michael Connelly book. If you haven’t read it, you’ll definitely want to since it spoils twists in that book, and the story here will mean more to you as well. It is obvious to us that these two investigations are going to come together, and Connelly does a great job of keeping us entertained as he lays that ground work. We get plenty of twists as we go along, and the book kept me engrossed until we reached the very end. We get some follow up on the twist in Bosch’s personal life from the end of the previous book, and I enjoyed seeing his character grow as a result. The rest of the cast is just as strong, which is no surprise. We get the story from Bosch’s first-person point of view as well as the third-person point of view of other characters; these switches are never confusing and really enhance the story. Obviously, this is a darker book than my normal cozies, but I knew that going in and that didn’t bother me. This is another masterpiece from a wonderful writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a Bosch fan. The Narrows did not disappoint.
Carl_Alves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel didn't really work for me. I just think it's like a dozen other novels that I've read. It brings nothing new to the table. Novels about serial killers have become a dime a dozen. You would think we have hundreds of serial killers based on the proliferation of them in crime novels. The other thing that strikes me as trite is that the serial killer is a former FBI agent. I have seen this done so many times that it makes me yawn, not to mention that it's horribly unrealistic. To my knowledge I am not familiar with any real like police officers who were also serial killers yet thriller novelists treat this as a normal occurence. The plot was trite and dull. I would advise to skip this one.Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity
BillPilgrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a detective story. One of Connelly's Harry Bosch stories that overlaps with his other books, The Poet and The Scarecrow, which are the other Connelly books that I have read. This continues the story from The Poet, which you should read first. In The Poet, the killer gets away. Bosch gets into the thread of the story this time because of the death of a former colleague and friend of his, that his wife figures out was not from natural causes, but instead was caused by his medication being switched for shark cartilage. Bosch looks into it and it concludes that the Poet offed him because he was looking into a new string of killings in Nevada. The FBI agent from The Poet and The Scarecrow, Rachel Walling, teams up with Harry to track down Backus.It is a very fast paced story that sucks you in and you will not want to put the book down until the end.
shequiltz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of my favorite Harry Bosch books. Not enough angst ... probably because no LAPD to contend with. Like seeing him interact with his newly discovered daughter. Looking forward to the next book when he's returned to the LAPD and I'm sure all its attendant problems.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You could see the ending coming on this one. Even though predictable, it had to be done to further the series. My only complaint would be that Harry's relationship with Eleanor was glossed over too much but I'm hoping that going back to his home and job will allow for Connelly work that in to Bosch's life.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Combines the stories of two Michael Connelly characters from different series. The whodunit from a previous book is back and now I know who he is, even before reading the previous book. Also, thanks to the helpful parenthtical remark of a LibraryThing subscriber, I know whodunit for this previous book. For shame! Again, while the story seems to be about seeing how a detective discover clues, there really is a mystery that the reader can solve.
IronMike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for a decent crime/mystery writer ever since I finished reading all of John D. MacDonald's books. I've found a few decent writers, but none to match MacDonald. This is the first book I've read by Michael Connelly. I'd say Connelly's not MacDonald, but he's the closest I've come to MacDonald so far. I have 4 more of his books and I'm looking forward to reading them.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good serial killer tale, with a little less of the St. George aspect in too many of the Bosch books.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 death seems natural but his ties to the hunt for the poet makes Bosch dig deep. Arriving a derelict spot in California desert where the feds are unearthing bodies, Bosch joins forces with Rachel. Now the 2 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...
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Narrows marks the return of the Poet, an FBI agent-turned-serial killer. Harry Bosch teams up with another fed, Rachel Walling, to track him down. Oh, and Bosch's sometimes-collaborator Terry McCaleb's involved, too, although not actively . . . .The outstanding feature of this installment in the Bosch saga is Connelly's continuing experimentation with narrative point of view. Here he mixes Bosch's first-person account with third-person narration limited to Rachel Walling. I can't say it's a great success, as there's little Connelly has accomplished by integrated the first person sections, and since it's sometimes jarring moving from one account to the other.On the whole, though, this is good solid Connelly, and can be recommended.
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