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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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    Ida 12-17-11
    Ida 12-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A poor narrator can ruin a good audible."

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-01-11
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Michael Connelly"

    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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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very good"

    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.

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    Wayne IRvine, CA, United States 04-04-11
    Wayne IRvine, CA, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story spoiled by the hypnosis conceit"

    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.

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    Amy 09-13-10
    Amy 09-13-10
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    "I liked it..."

    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.

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    Paul 07-09-10
    Paul 07-09-10 Member Since 2007

    always looking for my next 'driveway' book

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    "A Connelly Classic"

    In my opinion ties with the best of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels and almost as good as the Lincoln Laywer.

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    Kim Maarssen, Netherlands 07-08-10
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    "Gripping!"

    This is Connelly at his best! Absolutely gripping you from minute one and does not let go till the last chapter. Superb!

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    Karen Weiss 04-20-10
    Karen Weiss 04-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "wow"

    This was such a great book. I loved his style. The reader is also very good. I was totally captivated. I will definately be getting more of his work.

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    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 01-30-10
    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but not GREAT!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Rubin 11-07-09
    Jay Rubin 11-07-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Good story with annoying narration"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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