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
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.
This book is good with a very good storyline, although Connelly strays from his normal writing style. I really enjoyed listening to this book.
The plot is good and an unexpected ending is always good. Although a little long in the middle (as I am an impatient listener) I did enjoy it.
Nothing really stands out but is over all good.
His narration is very good and he brings all persons in the story to live.
No, not really
Very entertaining! Several twists I wasn't expecting -- I love a book that keeps you guessing. I found myself driving out of the way to get a few additional minutes of listening time!
"A must if you are into the Harry Bosch series"
This is a fantastic stand alone story. However, it is best enjoyed as a chronological part of the Harry Bosh series from the same author. My suggestion is to work your way through Michael Connelly's books by year of release not by the different character lists. Many of the characters appear in each others books and it is great to reacquaint yourself with characters you remember from previous stories. This book is by any comparison, one of the best of its genre.
"Michael Connelly never disappoints"
Another cracking story from Michael Connelly which kept me listening even whilst shopping in the supermarket which meant I forgot most of the things I went in for! Narration was excellent too and added to the plot well.
Typical Connelly book keeps you guessing until the last minute, I have to say the narration is superb. I think a follow up to that story could have been justified. I have always considered him to be one of the best, watch that space I always say. Thoroughly reccomended.
"An excellent listen"
The first of a new character, Jack McEvoy, but the same superbly crafted Michael Connelly novel! I've got the Mickey Haller audibles available already and decided to take a punt on this and it's so good I've downloaded the scarecrow.
Harry Bosch series next!!!!
"EXCITING AND CLEVER"
A really good book, and one of the more exciting I have heard.
Well read and voiced, well paced, really a good example of an audiobook.
Interesting story though creepy. Serial killers and peadophiles make a toxic mix but it is easier to take because the main premise seems so over the top. The reader does a good job of conveying the separate characters and their emotions.
Another good value audio book from Michael Connelly. I have only recently discovered Michael Connolly books and to date I have been pleased with them all. The pace and excitement of his books leave you waiting for more. I do look at the length of time the book so as to get value for my money.
If you have not read any of Connelly's book this is a good one to start with.
"Magnficient Serial Killer Story"
Starting off with a slow burn, then building to a complex, multi-layered investigation and pursuit, The Poet shows the depth and quality of the writing of Michael Connelly. One of the great enjoyments of the Conelly novels is the inter-linking of stories and characters across a number of books. The Poet is a serial killer to match Hannibal Lecter, and stems from the same understanding of police procedures, and with both the fascination with the killer and the pursuit that fuels the Thomas Harris novels. The Poet is the first book, and then you must move onto the conclusion in The Narrows. A well read story; emotional and fluent.
"rip-roaring page Turner with plenty of twists"
good speed, well written, believable story about a reporter helping the fbi crack a case.
could easily be made into a film
"not for me"
I tried a few times to listen but the narrator's drone put me off completely. I'll take more care in future to listen to the sample narration. As for the story, no idea if it's any good.
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