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
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.
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.
The way he can change his voice to play so many different roles.
No, I like to stretch out the fun.
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.
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.
Mind-blowing, frightening, suspenseful
He gives each character life and personality, Able to see their faces and expressions.
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.
Such a great story made me want to read the next one. The Narrows.
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.
never read the print version
The way the author weaves each character into the story. This story is one that is hard to stop listening to.
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.
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.
One of the best. Just when you think you've got it figured out, something new comes up. Kept me guessing to the end!
Jack was far and above my favorite, but then it was his story after all even if it did feel like it was me!
His voice so fits the characters that he makes each one come alive in your mind.
I would be giving away the story if I told you so you'll just have to listen yourself to find it.
This "book" is so all consuming you will find yourself resenting the times you have to turn it off.
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