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By Michael Connelly

This is more like it! After several weeks of mediocre novels, it’s a treat to read a captivating thriller. Michael Connelly’s latest paperback bestseller, The Narrows, is a read-later-into-the-night-than-you-should crime novel. It’s a Harry Bosch book for those of you who have been keeping up with Connelly, which means it’s based on the former LAPD detective who captured so many readers in earlier works. Bosch teams up this time with FBI agent Rachel Walling to try to find a serial killer she had hoped was already dead known as the Poet, also well-known to Connelly readers from an earlier novel.

You know how sometimes if you haven’t read the earlier works you feel like you’re missing out on all the inside jokes, all the subtle references – I didn’t feel the least bit left out of this novel. You can read The Narrows first and feel completely connected to the characters and the story line.

In fact, my only complaint about the book is Connelly’s obsession with criticizing the movie version of his earlier bestseller, Blood Work, starring Clint Eastwood. It seems like every other chapter here has some character obsessed with what a lousy job the movie did with their character. I say – save the frustrated, cheap shots for the tabloids, not your next bestseller.

Other than that, The Narrows is a tight, suspenseful read with rich and well-developed characters. How nice for a change. A thumbs up for Michael Connelly’s latest bestseller in paperback, The Narrows. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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