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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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    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

    katsuey

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 12-30-12
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 12-30-12

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "WONDERFUL!!"

    Michael Connelly does it again! A must read! this is one of his best book.

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    MARK Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 12-19-12
    MARK Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "pretty good, but not my favorite Connelly Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    I have read almost every Connelly Novel and have enjoyed all of them. This one was not my favorite, but still a good read/ listen. Its very long, 15hrs...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 12-11-12
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting Listening"

    Michael Connelly is a master of his craft and this book is one of his best. I am a huge fan of the Bosch Series but this book seems even better than most of the Bosch books. The narration was good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Connelly at his best"

    The Poet is a well crafted thriller that is hard to put down. Buck Schirner is an excellent narrator.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 12-01-12
    Pavel Czech Republic 12-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice"

    Another excellent book in the whole serie. Narration, plot, main character - 5 stars book

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    Mckenzie A. Graye 11-26-12
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    "Connelly always delivers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Poet the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well built and the story line was good. It kept me interested to the end.


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

    Bosch, of course, but all were good. He did an excellent job of changing voices for the different characters, giving them each a distinctive personality.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Michael Connelly fan. This was one of his best...well thought out, good follow through and very believable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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