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
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.
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.
Absolutely great writing and narration. From the first chapter to the end it was engaging.
They were all so real and plausible ... All great but glad the story was told through the eye of our journalist.
If you're a murder mystery fan - this one is a must listen. Truly one of the - if not the best.
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.
I have read Michael Connelly before and enjoyed him. Buck Schirner is a very boring narrator.
Found someone else to read it
The narration was so bad, I could not enjoy the story.
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.
Yes. It had a interesting plot that author handle very well
Like the use of clues from Poe's poetry.and the author's ability to weave them in to his story.
Good read, Really enjoyed .
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.
investigation, doubt, relationships
I was a little disappointed. Would have liked a little better set up for the end.
The reporter (the protagonist). His personal connection to the case, his entry into the world of the FBI was interesting.
No extreme reaction. It was an enjoyable book, kept me interested to find out what would happen next.
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.
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!
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.
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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