Wikipedia lists The Narrows as the tenth book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. However…
Last night when I began reading The Narrows, I soon came to these lines:
Rachel knew it was Backus. The Poet had resurfaced. Just as they knew he would.
It’s been so long since I read the series, I have no memory of Rachel, nor Backus, but The Poet sounded vaguely familiar. I felt like I’d somehow skipped a necessary part of the story.
Well, there’s good news and bad.
The Poet (1996), I discovered, is the first of Connelly’s novels not to feature Harry Bosch, but the first to feature Crime Reporter Jack McEvoy, who appears as a minor character in the Bosch series… which means The Poet is not included in the Harry Bosch series.
The Poet is also FBI agent Rachel Walling’s first appearance, so the good news is I can do a quick detour and read The Poet before I resume reading The Narrows.
The bad news is that before reading number ten in the Bosch series, A Darkness More Than Night (2001), I should have read Connelly’s Blood Work (1998), which though not a part of the Bosch series, introduces Terry McCaleb, who plays a major role in both books.
The long and the short of it is that I’d advise reading Michael Connelly’s books in publication order, not just ‘the Harry Bosch series’ because Connelly’s got more than one series going here, and many characters appearing in more than one book.
Likely not news to fans, but a heads-up to anyone just discovering Connelly’s work.