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The Poet | [Michael Connelly]

The Poet

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.
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Publisher's Summary

With his four Harry Bosch novels, Michael Connelly joined "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (Los Angeles Times). Now Connelly returns with his most searing thriller yet - a major new departure that recalls the best work of Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs) and James Patterson (Along Came a Spider)

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

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    Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks, California, United States 02-21-13
    Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks, California, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A good read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great understanding of the frailties of the characters, and how far they will go to get answers. Slow moving, but great character development. Reads like a typical murder mystery, but more from the prospective of a writer, someone outside the usual investigative world of cops and FBI. Just when you think it's all going to be solved and end, there comes a very fast unsuspected conclusion. A good read.


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    Rena Alberta Canada 02-20-13
    Rena Alberta Canada 02-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.

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    "Connelly at his BEST"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely great writing and narration. From the first chapter to the end it was engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all so real and plausible ... All great but glad the story was told through the eye of our journalist.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a murder mystery fan - this one is a must listen. Truly one of the - if not the best.

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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-18-13
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "Boring, Monotoned."
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Buck Schirner?

    I have read Michael Connelly before and enjoyed him. Buck Schirner is a very boring narrator.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found someone else to read it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was so bad, I could not enjoy the story.


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    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 02-17-13
    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Connelly Listen"

    It was nice to listen to a book with the lead character being a reporter as opposed to a detective or FBI agent. Michael Connelly does a good job of slowly unfolding how everything is connected. The story line kept my attention and the narrator was good for this character.

    I listened to The Scarecrow first, which is also about Jack McEvoy and enjoyed that listen as well.

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    Helen Union Grove, AL, United States 02-13-13
    Helen Union Grove, AL, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It had a interesting plot that author handle very well


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the use of clues from Poe's poetry.and the author's ability to weave them in to his story.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read, Really enjoyed .

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    Shelley Sarasota, FL, United States 02-10-13
    Shelley Sarasota, FL, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible"
    What disappointed you about The Poet?

    I did not finish this book. I read several reviews both on Audible and on other sites. None of the reviews mentioned that the book is told from the viewpoint of a pedophile or even mentioned that this was part of the story line. I was extremely disappointed to discover that this was the subject matter as this is not a topic I find entertaining.


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    Victoria LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States 02-04-13
    Victoria LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Unanswered questions, doubts - until the end"
    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    investigation, doubt, relationships


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a little disappointed. Would have liked a little better set up for the end.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    The reporter (the protagonist). His personal connection to the case, his entry into the world of the FBI was interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. It was an enjoyable book, kept me interested to find out what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 01-15-13
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Good Thriller"

    Michael Connelly writes yet another good story. I've grown tired of Harry Bosch so I was pleased that this book uses new characters. Buck Schirner's reading style is very enjoyable and he has a nice reading voice. This is also a well produced audio without all the lip smacking, swallowing, and sucking on lozenges heard in some.

    I'll not regurgitate the plot since many others have done so other than to say the characters in the poet are very believable until the ending. The ending is a bit super natural and unbelievable, though I do like the "left wondering" if the protagonist will show his ugly face again.

    If you follow my reviews, I don't overly gush or rate good books as great. This is a good book, a good listen and well worth the listen. I save higher rating for those books very unusual or with exquisite, descriptive language like many of the classics. I think those that enjoy thrillers will find The Poet a good listen.

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    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 01-02-13
    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    Probably not. The narrator did not do it justice. He took some getting used to. It did get better as the book went on, or maybe I just got used to him!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist at the end.. I had read books in the Harry Bosch series, so I knew who the poet was ahead of time but was still surprised at how the story unfolded.


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    Michael Topsham, Maine, United States 01-02-13
    Michael Topsham, Maine, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Connelly;s first is still one of the best!"
    Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Connelly kicked off his writing career with this story and as performed by Buck Schirner, the story holds up after all these years.


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