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
I'm a huge Connelly fan, but I found this book plodding and predictable. I was put out at myself for listening all the way to the end.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
Mr. Connelly never disappoints. I have read all his novels and with The Poet I have been wondering how he could top this one and then came The Scarecrow to answer the questions left hanging in The Poet. Oh, what a pleasure it is to listen to Mr.Connelly weave his tales.
Probably not...since I had read the book twice. I was listening to The Narrows at the same time as The Poet for a prequel/sequel experience.
Interesting an d varied.
It just twists and turns. Very compiles character development. Connelly really worked hard on this.
Best Connelly book to date. I've read them all.
The Poet was enjoyable for the first 3/4 of the book but then implausible plot twists take over. I thought Connelly (my first read by him) did a good job at character development. The main character was likably flawed.
However with the bases loaded Connelly did not bring the story home. I was definitely hooked and too far in not to finish but I was becoming suspicious if I had wasted my time around the last 1/4 of the book. The ending was just not as good as I would have liked, a bit odd.
The technology is outdated, which does not bother me since it reminds us about when payphones, pagers and fax machines were cutting edge.
The narrator is not a bad narrator but he sounded like a 50+ year old man when the main character is supposed to be 35, not a good fit for the story.
I purchased this on sale and I would recommend doing that. Its not a waste of time by any means I just hate a weak ending to a good story.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I enjoyed this book. I like some of Michaels work better than others. This one I liked. I agree with another reviewer who saw the last predictable un-needed twist the end could have done without. Still better than the first Boche. I just finished. Too predictable.
I love Michael Connelly. I like everything that Michael Connelly writes. But this however is not a Michael Connelly book. The plot is plodding and the suspense is absent. I couldn't keep listening. If you want to hear a popular author off his game then get this book. Regarding some of the other reviews... Google the term "puppet sock".
It's a fantastic cop/thriller mistery that really kept me going to the very end. I will be reading additional books by this author.
Each time I read a review that makes negative comments about the pronuciation, I have rolled my eyes....till now. When Buck Schimer said, "peedifile" (which he says ALOT) I at first giggled...then rolled my eyes, then got nerved. It gets old quick. Add that to a number of dated technical ideas and this book is a little over the edge of being in it's prime.
It's a great cheap book - but, if I paid full price.... I'd not be happy.
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