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
If you can remember the world before cell phones, instant messages and remember the thrill of your first phone modem this is a great book. If you don't remember it well its still a good story but may be a bit dated. I'm old enough, and I loved it.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
The twists and turns, it fooled me to the very end and I can usually see what's coming. Also there were many humorous moments that had me laughing down the road.
I really grew to love this narrator, he did a great job...I guess the main character Jack would be my favorite.
A fox in the henhouse....
This story was different from any other story I have been reading. I enjoy this author and he didn't disappoint me. I usually can figure out the plot and the "who done it" but in this case it was a surprise. I enjoyed the reader also.
I have read many of his books and thought the Lincoln Lawyer was his best. But, this was better even though I new how it would end.
My biggest problem with The Poet and many books in this genre is the lack of character development. I had read The Scarecrow (the follow-up) to this book when it was released and never even realized it had anything to do with this book until after I finished The Poet. This is a rather straight forward crime novel that takes a few good twists at the end. The characters end up being paper thin and for that its only a slightly entertaining summer read.
yes a good mystery that keeps you engaged
most of the time
his voice and cadence made it feel real
no i wanted it to last a while so i could savor it
great job on book and reader
Yes. It was not predictable as so many mysteries can be.
The digital store, don't want to give anything away.
Yes, and did.
I haven't looked into it but if this (character, the writer) is in other books I will get them also. If there were sarcastic humor in it too and a definite romance I would give it five stars, but that is just me.
Never read the print version
Although the book was a little slow in the beginning, it was worth getting to the end. I couldn't stop listening to the last dozen chapters.
Buck Schirner did a generally good job, although there were several lines that he said in the wrong "voice".
It took forever for me to get into this story, if I ever truly did. Then there were three times I thought the story was ending, and it didn't. I wish it had. The twists and turns were not credible.
The story line was interesting: a combination of child molestation killings and cop suicides that turn into murder. But the side stories were not interesting. The drama with the journalists family was a surface issue that should have been developed further. The love angle was full of too many contradictions to do anything but make you suspicious of it. And then the ending was impossible. The first two potentials made much more sense.
The narrator's voice was grating at first, but I got used to it. I can't put my finger on what made it strange, but he will not be a favorite of mine. Voice differentiation between characters was adequate.
Truly I am not sure why this author has been so popular. I won't look for his books again.
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