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The Narrows
by Michael Connelly
Book Review by Amy Coffin
FBI Agent Rachel Walling, featured in The Poet, is back again in The Narrows. It’s been years since she was reprimanded for an on-the-job romance and demoted to duty in the Dakotas. Serial killer Robert Backus, known as The Poet, has emerged from hiding. He’s killed again and he wants Rachel to find him. She’s summoned to the California/Nevada desert where the FBI has located a mass grave.

Back in Los Angeles, retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch is getting restless. He takes on a case as a favor to a widow. The woman’s husband was a friend of Harry’s. A little sleuthing on the dead man’s Catalina boat leads Bosch to believe his friend’s assumed natural death was really a homicide.

Eventually, Harry’s investigation leads right to the front door of the crime scene in which Rachel is involved. The two cases may or may not be related, as readers will find when they are taken in to The Narrows.

Connelly again proves why he’s the master of his craft. He has the ability to hold readers’ attention from page one. The individual worlds of Harry and Rachel intersect smoothly, as do the first and third-person narrative shifts between the two characters.

The setting for The Narrows includes Catalina Island, Las Vegas, and various points in between. Connelly remains true to the region’s harsh physical landscape with vivid descriptions that let readers experience the environment as well. The story is suspenseful right up to the location of the climax, which gives the book its title. As usual, Connelly doesn’t disappoint with The Narrows.

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