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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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    rakesh WERRIBEE, Australia 09-10-12
    rakesh WERRIBEE, Australia 09-10-12
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    "Couldn't maintain a solid grip on story"

    Don't be dissapointed by the tile of this review. It was supposed to get overall response to the story. Infact the story was quite solid and effective for most part. Except where the protagonist is left to witness whats going on, the story was excellent.

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    andrew JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-10-12
    andrew JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-10-12
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    "Fun, different but recognizable Connelly story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    I love Michael Connelly's writing. I particularly liked this book because it is different from the Harry Bosch books in that it has a different set of characters. We do bump into some of some characters he has introduced in other books but the perspective is new. In addition since the angle is from that of a journalist instead of a cop or a lawyer, you can tell it is familiar ground. Connelly was a journalist prior to becoming a famous author. In fact my son who is studying journalism at the University of Florida is quick to point out that Connelly is a graduate of the same J school. In this book it shows. His main character is a writer for the Rocky Mountain News. He chases down his brother's killer and uncovers a serial killer.


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    The way he can change his voice to play so many different roles.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I like to stretch out the fun.


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    Mary United States 09-10-12
    Mary United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Good, complex read!"

    Story has good twists, turns and surprises - well written - easy reading and worth your time!

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    Sharon United States 09-04-12
    Sharon United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Connelly is a great pic!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Another one that keeps you guessing. Great listen!

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    Amazon Customer Meriden, CT USA 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer Meriden, CT USA 09-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Never would have guessed the end!"

    The narration was excellent. There are so many characters, yet the narrator got every single voice very specific and played each part perfectly. Only odd part: The main character is in his 30's and the narrator sounds much older. It took a while to get used to that. Otherwise - he was a superstar.

    The story was very good .. I enjoyed how it made you feel like you were "in" on what was really going on .. but ... were you???

    I noticed how the main character was in his 30's, but the way he talked about "making love" was very .. square. I am in my 30's, and I do not know any single people who are as square when they talk like that. It did not detract from the quality of the book, it just stood out to me.

    Sidebar: interesting listening to this story in 2012, when it takes place in the 90's. I privately enjoyed hearing about the dial-up computer, or noticing how much easier cell phones would have made things.

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    Carmen Northglenn, Colorado 09-03-12
    Carmen Northglenn, Colorado 09-03-12

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 3 and the great grandmother of one to come. Loves to read, sew and cook. Hopes someday to write a book of my own. Enjoys listening to books daily. Best thing I ever bought for myself.

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    "A book I did not want to put down."
    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    Mind-blowing, frightening, suspenseful


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives each character life and personality, Able to see their faces and expressions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I could see Denver and Boulder, Colorado with each sentence written and all the places there. I felt as if I was in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great story made me want to read the next one. The Narrows.

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    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, CA United States 09-03-12
    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, CA United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Poe stars post humously"

    The quality of work you'd expect from this author. A bit dated due to the lack of cell phones but the suspense drives you to keep listening. I couldn't put it down.

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    Gail 08-28-12
    Gail 08-28-12
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    "Great story, great performance...a real winner!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    never read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author weaves each character into the story. This story is one that is hard to stop listening to.


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters are done so well. He has a talent for bringing the book to life. I will look for him as the narrator on other books.


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    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 06-18-12
    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping"

    Oh, this one was hard to get away from. Listened to it ALL the time. So many unexpected twists and turns. Well written, well developed. Well performed, able to follow narrator easily. An absolute must read.

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    Dixie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 06-18-12
    Dixie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Talk about keeping you on the edge of your seat!"
    Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Just when you think you've got it figured out, something new comes up. Kept me guessing to the end!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack was far and above my favorite, but then it was his story after all even if it did feel like it was me!


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice so fits the characters that he makes each one come alive in your mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would be giving away the story if I told you so you'll just have to listen yourself to find it.


    Any additional comments?

    This "book" is so all consuming you will find yourself resenting the times you have to turn it off.

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