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
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.
Despite the sometimes x rated horrors in this mystery, it was intriguing the way it was solved and I didn't want to stop listening. Later, there were some twists I wasn't entirely expecting and didn't like, Despite that, it was one of the better ones I have listened to.
This story kept my interest, and I kept guessing who it was until the end, then it was a big surprise, I won't tell the ending in case someone want's to get it, but I recommend the book for anyone who likes suspense stories, the only thing I didn't like was the narrator, at time's I couldn't tell who was talking, other than that, it's worth the money..
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
This must be an earlier book from Michael Connelly. I found the writing not as good as in LIncoln Lawyer and later books. The story was okay, a bit drawn out, but it is what one is looking for in a mystery thrill. I found the datedness interfered with the story line especially in terms of the narrator. Overall the narration detracted from the experience. Buck Shimer did a great job in creating different character voices, but there was often a self conscious or emphatic delivery in the wrong places. I think much of it was faulty writing. The dialogue is inconsistent with the way people think and speak. There was too much reference to location in an attempt to present a valid circumstance. Connelly is not the only author to overuse this convention. If I am talking to a friend, colleague etc. It is weird to go into detail about the route. i.e. if I am Boulder, and I have lived there, I would never say casually, or in my head. I am going down Pearl Street to the Whole Foods Grocery. I am really nit picking but the point is that there was no casual delivery in these techniques. It is as if going down Pearl Street is important. Not really. Not even going to WholeFoods. It is an attempt to create realism that is superfluous. I find it to be very masculine, talking about names, places, directions, measurements. I would much rather know how a characters feels when driving down Pearl.
This is about the fourth Connelly mystery I have listened to, and it is the least accomplished I think. I enjoyed all the others, or specifically did not notice that the narration and writing technique distracted from the experience.
I didn't read the print version so I can't answer this question.
The twists and turns
Neither. I'm not affected like that when I read books. I just get into them, or not.
I felt this was very ordinary, characters were not strong, plot took a long time to develop. In short I don't think I will follow this author
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.
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