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
The story is very good. The reader was good but reminded me of the old 60's cop shows.I think very good overall but was my favorite kind of read.
Narrator made this book extra interesting. Unexpected twist was
Silence of the lambs as far as the chase of the bad guy.
The scene in the alley.
Wow, I really don't know.
My first book by Connelly but it won't be my last. This writer is head and
shoulders above the norm.
Rachel. Her character kept you wondering her motives
No, but he was very good.
When Jack found out about why his brother had the foreign substance in his mouth. Very real and sad.
I will read/listen again!
Another good Connelly thriller. Unfortunately the narrator detracts from the story. A different narrator could have made this a superb listen.
Say something about yourself!
I wanted to like this bizarre crime mystery, and I really did like it for awhile. I was even willing to overlook the narration, which was artificially dramatic in my opinion. The storyline had me pulled in for many hours, but somehow I started getting lost. The characters started running together. I got the sense that I should have been tying together plotlines but I wasn't. I think that was part of the reason that I didn't really care to try to figure out the identify of the murderer. If the reader doesn't care who did it, then there's not much point in listening to a mystery. I also didn't think actual people would behave in the ways that these characters did. Some of them didn't seem very bright. My last complaint is that the main character uses the term "my twin" about a gazillion times to describe his brother. I completely understood the two men were twins from the beginning, so this got really old. Most twins do not repeatedly refer to their twin as "my twin" in normal conversation. I think it would have been fine to simply refer to the character as "my brother" or by his name more often. I would not purchase this book again.
I love a good murder mystery, and this was a good one! There were twists and turns and I couldn't figure out how it would end!
I was really distracted by his narration. He blended some of his words together often - maybe it's an accent or common in the part of the country he was from? For example, he said, 'i twas', instead of 'it was'. For some reason, it bugged me. He also sounded like he was much older than the character seemed to be. I had a hard time imagining his voice as that of Jack.
The Poet is classic Michael Connelly. The story is good and while not hes best~really really good.....
I love Harry's development in this book. He continues to grow and become more real with every story.
Fast, exciting, filled with twists...
They were all great!!!
Very enjoyable. Really held my interest...
Great listen (or read)...
So Many Books, So Little Time
I bought the Audible version originally but wound up buying the Kindle version to finish reading. Connolly is a fine story-teller and this is an exceptionally interesting story with lots of plot twists and intriguing characters. Maybe it's just me but I find his "love scenes" to be his weak point. Too many "long moments" and "reaching for him/her" but since those seem to be incidental to the story it is a minor complaint.
I did not enjoy the narration. I felt the narrator tried too hard to make the voices of the various characters distinctive almost to the point of caricature.
Still a gripping tale and well worth the time spent reading.
"A masterclass in reading - and writing"
An introduction to the journalist Jack McEvoy, to the FBI and the world of newspaper publications - with the pressure of deadlines and the next big story. Jack's brother Shaun has killed himself - or so his fellow policemen believe. But Jack, a Denver journalist, believes it could not be so. And so, acting on little more than a hunch, he begins his own investigation. This book commands your full attention as we follow Jack's journey from the surreal moment when he is notified of his twin brother's death, to the final encounter with the mysterious Poet himself. Characters are strongly crafted and the whole plot is beautifully structured - carrying us through the maze of truth and lies that Jack pushes through until the final climactic moments. Superbly performed by Buck Shirner (switching effortlessly from one character's voice to the next in a confident, compelling performance), this book gripped me from the opening chapter right to the very final line.
"sad and old fasioned"
Connelly is a brilliant intelligent story teller, but this is really 'stupid' old white male writing.
I know that he is a bit like that, but was hoping for anything better.
it is overall a typical very old fashioned 'white male' story and also read like that. It really belongs in the 50'ies.
He's an excellent reader, but has the darkest voice imaginable which makes the story darker and even more typical 'white male and old fashioned'. The voice befits the book, but makes it therefor even more gloomy.
I know Connelly is very old fashioned and conservative; didn't know yet it was this bad.
"Great story but disappointed at the end"
Great story but really spoiled by the end when the reader is left high and dry.
"Very well written"
I found this to be a slow burner initially, and wasn't convinced it was my cup of tea. However, the pace picks up considerably until you struggle to turn it off.
A really good gripping story with great twists and turns.
"A good thriller"
If it's written by Michael Connelly then you know you have a good read. This is a good thriller - this time from the point of view of the journalist. There is a lot of detail but it is a good story with a couple of twists at the end. Narrator not my favourite but good.
I'm a fan of Michael Connelly, and read this book when it first came out, however, I found for me, that it hadn't stood the test of time. Much of the plot depends on phone messages, not being able to get hold of people, using pagers and faxes. No mobile phones, internet a novelty and consequently I just found I got a bit bored by the plot as it felt very slow paced.
In addition there is a massive hand brake turn with the plot towards the end, where the main protagonist makes the most bizarre misreading of his girlfriends character you could possibly imagine. The plot of this book just didn't stack up for me.
"Excellent start to series"
They work better for me as I generally only get time to listen in the car.
Getting to know Jack. He's been a fringe character in several Connelly books I've read and I enjoyed finding out about him. You can have the best plot but without good characters it will always fall flat.
I did laugh in a few places. Characters were generally believable and in most cases compelling with the feeling that you really want to know what happens.
Looking forward to the next book in the series with Jack as the main character.
"Worse reading voice!"
Managed ten minutes before losing the will to go further. I love this authors other books, and perhaps this is a great book, however the smoothness of delivery is key, and this the equivalent of corse sandpaper...
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