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
For the Connelly fans, this book is a little different. Missing are his two great characters, Detective Harry Bosch and Attorney Mickey Haller. Not missing is Connelly's ability to tell a story that holds the reader's attention. The Poet, whose villain reappears in one of the Harry Bosch books, has two main characters, Reporter Jack McElvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Waller. Their adventures are worth the read and as is usually the case with Connelly characters, they have enough warts to make you appreciate the good parts. The story has enough twists and turns and clues and red herrings for anyone who likes this genre. Connelly fans will miss Harry Bosch and non-Conelly fans will want to try more.
This might be a great book but I couldn't finish it. If you are squeamish about cruelty and graphic descriptions, you'll want to give this a miss.
Jack McEvoy's twin commits suicide, but Jack doesn't believe it, thus begins the search for the truth. And boy, what a search it becomes: a one man struggle to find out what really happened to his brother that puts his own life in danger. He's a reporter that makes a huge discovery that ends up involving the FBI with one agent in particular, Rachel Walling working closely with Jack (very closely indeed) on the case.
This is an extremely intriguing 'who done it' that kept me up til the wee hours of the morning, just to find out what would happen with the bad guy, and this one has twists and turns aplenty, even after you think the case is solved.
The narration was very good, but I did switch back and forth between listening and reading.
I have followed Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer, and I came to this one with some skepticism, putting it down after a day because I decided I did not want a detective book about a pedophile and murderer. When I needed a new read, I picked it back up, and I was soon hooked. This was the most multilayered and tightly knit Connelly I have listened to. Performance was excellent, but not at the same level as readers like auberjois or ballerini.
Love the book. The story is full of twists and unfolds dramatically, there is no gaps, I had all the answers. Read a lot of negative critigue about the narrator, but I had no problems with a deep narrator's voice here, this is a matter of preference.
"The Poet" is a very good police procedural, but not exceptional. A reporter tracks a serial killer through some unpredictable plot twists.
But, for me, the narrator raised this into 5-star territory. Even the most minor walk-on parts have their own distinct voices, and have more individuality than Connelly gave them. I was very impressed.
Interesting plot, but the writing itself is often awkward. The few suspenseful moments and paired with long periods of time with little happening. Characters are one dimensional. The narration was also often awkward and poorly acted. Overall, not very good. I definitely will not listen to this one again.
I have enjoyed every Michael Connelly book so far. The Poet was a standout. The story line moved quickly and the characters were varied and well developed. The plot twists kept you wondering what would happen next. I hope there are more books based on these main characters.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
This was a good book and well on its way to five stars when, for some inexplicable reason, Connelly decided to add one final twist in the last hour or so before it ended. I saw this twist coming and I kept saying aloud, "no, no." But my pleas went unanswered. Up to this point there were enough twists to hold my interest in what I thought was a very well-told story with excellent narration by Schirner (despite the British pronunciation of pEdophile which drove my to distraction). Jack McEvoy is a much more likable character than Henry Bosch, although he possesses some of the same human frailties. Most of the other major characters in this book are well conceived and are in sync with the story line. I would have ended the book differently and tied up some of the remaining loose ends. But maybe that's why Connelly is a best-selling author and I'm not (although we both graduated from the University of Florida). I'm listening to The Scarecrow right now, which is another McEvoy novel. I probably should have listened to The Narrows first, but don't ask me why until you finish The Poet. It's well worth the Audible credit.
I first put down this book because suicide is a sensitive topic and I had a hard time making it through the first half hour of dwelling over suicide/depression etc.
After that I kept getting fed up with the 'getting the story' aspect of the book. The journalist gets criticized for being a journalist and sometimes he does act kind of sleazy trying to get his story.
If you can make it through that there is a good murder mystery with some good plot twists.
This is the greatest crime novel of all time. With a great narrator as well
"A masterclass in reading - and writing"
An introduction to the journalist Jack McEvoy, to the FBI and the world of newspaper publications - with the pressure of deadlines and the next big story. Jack's brother Shaun has killed himself - or so his fellow policemen believe. But Jack, a Denver journalist, believes it could not be so. And so, acting on little more than a hunch, he begins his own investigation. This book commands your full attention as we follow Jack's journey from the surreal moment when he is notified of his twin brother's death, to the final encounter with the mysterious Poet himself. Characters are strongly crafted and the whole plot is beautifully structured - carrying us through the maze of truth and lies that Jack pushes through until the final climactic moments. Superbly performed by Buck Shirner (switching effortlessly from one character's voice to the next in a confident, compelling performance), this book gripped me from the opening chapter right to the very final line.
"sad and old fasioned"
Connelly is a brilliant intelligent story teller, but this is really 'stupid' old white male writing.
I know that he is a bit like that, but was hoping for anything better.
it is overall a typical very old fashioned 'white male' story and also read like that. It really belongs in the 50'ies.
He's an excellent reader, but has the darkest voice imaginable which makes the story darker and even more typical 'white male and old fashioned'. The voice befits the book, but makes it therefor even more gloomy.
I know Connelly is very old fashioned and conservative; didn't know yet it was this bad.
"Great story but disappointed at the end"
Great story but really spoiled by the end when the reader is left high and dry.
"Very well written"
I found this to be a slow burner initially, and wasn't convinced it was my cup of tea. However, the pace picks up considerably until you struggle to turn it off.
A really good gripping story with great twists and turns.
"A good thriller"
If it's written by Michael Connelly then you know you have a good read. This is a good thriller - this time from the point of view of the journalist. There is a lot of detail but it is a good story with a couple of twists at the end. Narrator not my favourite but good.
I'm a fan of Michael Connelly, and read this book when it first came out, however, I found for me, that it hadn't stood the test of time. Much of the plot depends on phone messages, not being able to get hold of people, using pagers and faxes. No mobile phones, internet a novelty and consequently I just found I got a bit bored by the plot as it felt very slow paced.
In addition there is a massive hand brake turn with the plot towards the end, where the main protagonist makes the most bizarre misreading of his girlfriends character you could possibly imagine. The plot of this book just didn't stack up for me.
"Excellent start to series"
They work better for me as I generally only get time to listen in the car.
Getting to know Jack. He's been a fringe character in several Connelly books I've read and I enjoyed finding out about him. You can have the best plot but without good characters it will always fall flat.
I did laugh in a few places. Characters were generally believable and in most cases compelling with the feeling that you really want to know what happens.
Looking forward to the next book in the series with Jack as the main character.
"Worse reading voice!"
Managed ten minutes before losing the will to go further. I love this authors other books, and perhaps this is a great book, however the smoothness of delivery is key, and this the equivalent of corse sandpaper...
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