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 reviews were very positive and I was looking forward to a good story to enjoy as I wrap Christmas presents. I absolutely love Connelly's Harry Bosch and was looking forward to this story and its sequel. However after 30 minutes of listening to this narrator, I could not get into this story. I found Buck Schirner's voice to be annoying, distracting, and uninspiring. A poor narrator can ruin a good audible. Two stars because I believe that the story has promise based on what I heard. I plan to go to the publlic library to check out this book so that I can read it on my own, then listen to the sequel. Can we get refunds on credits? That's all folks...
I read the sequel to this book first.....The one with Harry Bosch (great character) and Rachel Walling. I had no idea that it was the sequel until it was mentioned in the book. Since I loved that book so much (as I do with all Michael Connelly books) I decided to listen to where it all began. I enjoyed this book, In fact I could not stop listening to it. I think it was because I already knew the ending. Definately a good read. Two thumbs up in my opinion.
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If you like detective stories Michael Connelly stories are the books for you. This one is really important because in this book, the Poet made his first appearance.
If one more crime writer uses the Hollywood concept of hypnosis, I think I will puke (see Dean Koontz, False Memory--or not). As a psychologist, this is just bunk. But, otherwise--well done.
This kept me very interested. I like the crime and mystery books that give a good thrill without being terribly over the top gruesome. Michael Connelly does a great job of taking you right to that edge and not beyond. I really like that because I see more and more authors taking the story waayyyy into the sick thoughts and actions of the killers and that I can do without. (For instance Swimsuit by James Patterson was offensively graphic in my opinion and I shut it off). I can handle it... I just don't want to. Connelly gives a great thrill and puts you right in the mix but is not offensively graphic. That being said... I didn't really like the ending of this one. Still a great book... I just could have done without the very last twist.
I liked this book, but I had a real hard time getting into it at first. I was not instantly engaged as I have been with other Connelly books. if you are a die hard Connelly fan, then get it, but if not, try some of his others and skip this one.
I found myself very much immersed in the story line which was fast paced with breadth. However, I found the Narrator to sound robot like and came close to quitting early. However, I soon became use to his annoying staccato like narration and continued to finish the story.
I actually would recommend the book... but with some hesitancy because of the narration.
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