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 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.
Life is great!
This book was a fresh approach to a suspenseful cop/serial killer novel! I've come to enjoy Michael Connelly's books.
This narrator is awesome! He has a way to make you think you are really listening to all of the different characters...he adds to each book he narrates!
This book left me on the fence as far as good and bad. I found the story rather..uninspiring. maybe thats the way my review will be too. The story itself, was flat not very dimensional and the ending completely predicatable. There was one point tho, towards the end where I wanted to see what happened..or more how it happened and this really disappointed me too. The narrator took some time for me to get used to, his voice also leaving me say..Oh geez what did I buy? But you start to warm to him after a while and his vocal changes for the characters were pretty good. Wasn't keen on the love story parts thru his telling tho. I would say that all in all if you want to purchase it go ahead, it isn't that bad. For a better story I would pass.
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