Two stories are brought together in this tale, the first features Rachel Walling, an FBI profiler met in another tale, and Harry Bosch, now retired from the LAPD and a private investigator, looking at the death of a previous FBI operative.
The FBI has received a letter addressed to Rachel which proves to be from "the Poet" (a previous story) giving GPS coordinates to meet. The meeting is in the Mojave desert, where on inspection by FBI local agents, buried bodies are found. Rachel is invited to attend the site as the Poet was her mentor at the FBI and led to her downfall as an operative. She was subsequently marginalised in a backwoods office.
Harry is asked by the widow of a previous FBI operative - Terry McCaleb - to investigate his death. He often emphasised to her that Harry Bosch was the most effective and reliable person he had ever worked with, even though they worked for very different employers, FBI versus LAPD. Harry immediately starts on the files of cases having most recently been looked at by Terry which gives Harry leads to explore based on the same site.
Harry feels an obscure reflected photo of the photographer, who he thinks is trailing Terry's family in shopping malls, is the infamous Poet disguised by plastic surgery and make-up. Harry goes by way of the Mojave Desert to his flat in Las Vegas, which he visits to see his 6 year-old daughter, and is immediately questioned by the FBI at the burial site. The Agent-in-charge is immature and quite objectionable. She takes Harry's data from his research and instructs him he is off the case. Harry also meets with Rachael Walling there. Their nods and smiles irritate the Agent but indicates to them that they still have much in common.
Eventually, by clever typical Harry detective work, he and Rachel find the Poet. A vehicle chase ensues which runs into a dead end causing all to continue on foot. They head toward a restrictive drainage channel, known locally as "The Narrows," where flow becomes extremely fast and furious, claiming lives over the years. Do Harry and Rachel survive? Read the book, it is great.
Plenty of action, interesting characters and settings and a plot that kept me guessing and reading till the end. This was my first book by Michael Connelly and I was hooked from the first tantalising page. No need to rehash the plot or characters. Others have already done that. It's a great read and I will be looking for more lof these engrossing books. Fortunately this is his 14th novel (I think) so there's plenty to choose. While The Narrows follows on a bit from a previous book (in terms of characters and a killer's previous crimes) it reads well as a stand alone novel and I didn't feel that I needed any more information than was in The Narrows. However I am keen to read the earlier book about The Poet.
I have bbe a Harry Bosch fan for quite a while and this story did not disappoint me in any way. I just love the way the author, Micael Connelly, fully understands the animosity between the local law enforcement agencies and the FBI and from y oown experience I believe those feelings are somewhat share by various police all over the world. Keep up the good work Michael Connolly.
Good, exciting read with intriguing plot development. His characters always fascinate. I enjoy following Harry's career with its direction changes and challenges. Bring them on! Connelly is always high on my list of favourites and never disappoints.