Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work - a devious cop killer who's left a coast-to-coast trail of "suicide notes" drawn from the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It's the story of a lifetime - except that "the Poet" already seems to know that Jack is trailing him. . .
Here is definitive proof that Michael Connelly is among the best suspense novelist working today.
©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
Not so sure about Connelly's choice in making Jack McEvoy the main character in this book. while a lot of interesting things happen to him and around him, he was kind of... I don't know. Whiny? Unable to connect with the people around him? Pondered his own belly button too often?
Isn't he supposed to be the kind of talented reporter that gets people talking? He never acted like he was. McEvoy must have one hell of a golden pen, because I just didn't see it in his interactions with the other characters.
That said, the plot was pretty good, though I didn't really care about the twists at the end. Felt like Connelly didn't supply enough info during the rest of the book to make the revealing of his villain make much sense.
I hate giving so much negative criticism to a book review. I think I'm just disappointed that I wasn't completely in love with this one. Maybe other reviews shot my expectations too high. I don't know. It's definitely worth a lesson, once. I probably won't listen to it again, and it won't be super high on my list of books to recommend. But worth picking up if you're looking for something to read.
The story was just okay...I may have liked it more with a different reader. This narrator read VERY slowly with long pauses. I listened to it sped up 2x which made it seem kind of choppy but at least it wasn't so slow.
Yes. Although I would have liked to see the Poe connection elaborated on a bit more the story was good and kept me interested.
a bit too much character development not enough action.
A logical plot, with more sensible outcomes, and fewer completely inane dialogues, particularly those between Jack and Rachel.
Narration wasn't great, but this was not the problem.
To many to enumerate.
The first 10 or 20% of the book was okay, but it was downhill from there.
Love to exercise while listening
I already have. I typically don’t like detective books, but this was really good. No problem keeping people straight and believable characters. Even though this book was written in 1997 I love to be reminded how our technology has changed so much. (The need for pay phones)
He did a good job. Nothing too outrageous. I liked how he talked into something to stimulate telephone conversations.
There was a moment I almost felt sorry for the pedophile. Almost.
I wanted a long book to keep me entertained for a while. This did the trick. I wanted to get to the end, but at the same time I was enjoying the journey.
I love Connelly and the story was fine but I thought it went on for too long.
Much prefer the Harry Bosch series
Narrater was good, he did a fine job with the different characters without being annoying.
2/3 worth listening too, 1/3 worth skipping.
A fine read/listen if you are bored and want to give it a try.
This was the best mystery I've ever read. It have many turns and twists. Well worth the purchase!
My book of choice is one of suspense with a little bit of romance
The story line was good and cleverly disguised
When he came to know the truth surrounding his brother's death
brother - news editor
Current title works well
Emotion, Drama, Mystery
Do not have a favorite scene as the book was filled with great moments
Can't pinpoint just one
Highly recommend this book
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
I think that this book could have been an interesting, somewhat understated police procedural told from the perspective of a tag-along reporter, but the author falls prey to thriller cliches and takes the book in directions that weakens its overall effect. So pretty good, but ultimately disappointing.
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