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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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    Cindy Lynch, NE, United States 02-10-12
    Cindy Lynch, NE, United States 02-10-12
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    "Connelly has done it again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poet?

    when the poet had harry in the glass house and rachel found them


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    everything


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    well written I think one of the best Bosch's yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Otego, NY, United States 01-30-12
    Michael Otego, NY, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    A little to much detail in the beginning of book but then when it gets going lots of twists and turns your going to like it for sure


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    Constant Reader 01-12-12

    I love reading and audible is the easiest way to keep up with my voracious appetite for the written word.

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    "A - mazing"

    I've read many of Michael Connelly's books and enjoyed most of them. The Poet's twists and turns took me by surprise. As soon as I thought I'd figured the plot out, we were back on the rollercoaster ride. I enjoyed everything about this book! Kudos, Michael.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank J. Habic Osprey, Florida, US 01-04-12
    Frank J. Habic Osprey, Florida, US 01-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Harry Bosch with a computer"
    What would have made The Poet better?

    A main character who wasn't such a smart ass.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly???s story?

    McEvoy is simply Harry Bosch under another name. He breaks all the rules (especially ignoring no-smoking regs) and is an all round wise guy who wouldn't hold a job two weeks without getting fired in the real world. I was funny the first time around but it wears thin when it is used in book after book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    With few exceptions, Connelly writes the same book over and over. Stupid bosses, stupid cops and rules made to be broken by brilliant wise guys.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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