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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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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 10-22-09
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 10-22-09
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    "Disappointing"

    I'm a huge Connelly fan, but I found this book plodding and predictable. I was put out at myself for listening all the way to the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 09-29-09
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 09-29-09 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "The Poet"

    Mr. Connelly never disappoints. I have read all his novels and with The Poet I have been wondering how he could top this one and then came The Scarecrow to answer the questions left hanging in The Poet. Oh, what a pleasure it is to listen to Mr.Connelly weave his tales.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James C. Vogelzang Santa Barbara, CA 06-05-13
    James C. Vogelzang Santa Barbara, CA 06-05-13
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    "Best Connelly (Bosch) Ever"
    Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

    Probably not...since I had read the book twice. I was listening to The Narrows at the same time as The Poet for a prequel/sequel experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walling...she rocks!


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    Interesting an d varied.


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

    It just twists and turns. Very compiles character development. Connelly really worked hard on this.


    Any additional comments?

    Best Connelly book to date. I've read them all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 04-16-13
    Lori United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Starts strong, then weakens to a fizzle"

    The Poet was enjoyable for the first 3/4 of the book but then implausible plot twists take over. I thought Connelly (my first read by him) did a good job at character development. The main character was likably flawed.
    However with the bases loaded Connelly did not bring the story home. I was definitely hooked and too far in not to finish but I was becoming suspicious if I had wasted my time around the last 1/4 of the book. The ending was just not as good as I would have liked, a bit odd.
    The technology is outdated, which does not bother me since it reminds us about when payphones, pagers and fax machines were cutting edge.
    The narrator is not a bad narrator but he sounded like a 50+ year old man when the main character is supposed to be 35, not a good fit for the story.
    I purchased this on sale and I would recommend doing that. Its not a waste of time by any means I just hate a weak ending to a good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-17-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    Do you have any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. I like some of Michaels work better than others. This one I liked. I agree with another reviewer who saw the last predictable un-needed twist the end could have done without. Still better than the first Boche. I just finished. Too predictable.

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    rich Overland Park, KS, United States 12-02-12
    rich Overland Park, KS, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Who on earth would rate this a four star?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love Michael Connelly. I like everything that Michael Connelly writes. But this however is not a Michael Connelly book. The plot is plodding and the suspense is absent. I couldn't keep listening. If you want to hear a popular author off his game then get this book. Regarding some of the other reviews... Google the term "puppet sock".


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-02-12
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Had me to the end"
    Any additional comments?

    It's a fantastic cop/thriller mistery that really kept me going to the very end. I will be reading additional books by this author.

    Each time I read a review that makes negative comments about the pronuciation, I have rolled my eyes....till now. When Buck Schimer said, "peedifile" (which he says ALOT) I at first giggled...then rolled my eyes, then got nerved. It gets old quick. Add that to a number of dated technical ideas and this book is a little over the edge of being in it's prime.

    It's a great cheap book - but, if I paid full price.... I'd not be happy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Isobel Mosman NSW, Australia 10-08-09
    Isobel Mosman NSW, Australia 10-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "the POET"

    Connelly excels at keeping the reader totally enthralled with what will happen next (and the unexpected usually does).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo New Braunfels, TX, USA 10-05-09
    Jo New Braunfels, TX, USA 10-05-09
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    "Fantastic!"

    You won't be disappointed! Great book!

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    Janis A Miller 06-25-09 Member Since 2004
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    "A great story!"

    One of Michael Connelly's best. You won't be disappointed

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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