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
It's not just the dated references and the wow isn't the internet amazing moments meant to blow your mind, it's the whole mid-90s, Kiss The Girls, complicated plot, genius serial killer premise.
It was silly and long! At times fun and engaging, but between the engaging bits were lots of long, wordy, uninteresting parts.
Don't do it. I'm sure somewhere on the Internet there's a version starring Ashley Judd or maybe a Lifetime movie starring Mare Winningham. Either way it will be just as silly but more economic in the savings of your time and money.
I started listening to Connelly from his first book written. Seems to makes sense for Connelly since he uses people and events from prior books into his future books. So far the Poet has been the best. I am still amazed that Connelly can produce one great book after another. Highly recommend. Just put the next Connelly book in my wish list.
Yes, good cop story
Wade's "tricks" to use instead of his gun
Just an average job
The narrator got a little on my nerves. The said: "Wade said" or " Charlie said." Too loud, could have used a better, softer tone.
Yes I would recommend it to any mystery fan. It is a good read, suspensful, with many plot twists.
Its pace, characters, and surprises.
The main character.
There were many
Just when I thought the mystery had been resolved, new information changed the direction. Nice twists in this story of a journalist on the trail of his twin brother's murderer.
In this case, the tale is best read from the page. The stumbling, awkward read by Mr. Schirner leaves one weighed down and worn out.
The protagonist is easy to like and an a clear favorite. He's stubborn and human and determined. The villain is hard to like, hard to support. I'm not sure if this is performance or the writing.
The performance needed a different narrator with a better feel for the pace and the suspense of the text. The individual character voices sounded contrived and forced. I suppose that he was after a halting, film noir angle, but it reminded me more of an intoxicated confession from Norm at Cheers.
Unfortunately, I am only inspired to avoid future reads by Mr. Schirner.
No. The final plot twist was forced and did not hold up logically.
It should have ended sooner. It went one suspect change too far for credibility. Sometimes, if you reach for the most unlikely suspect, that's just what it is....unlikely.
I didn't really like any of them.
I kept thinking ok, this story is just too dated I am going to stop but then would get caught up in the story again. A good listen
No but I did keep coming back to it.
In a way it felt like a classic of this type of mystery.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
The Poet is an overall good book. I enjoyed the ended - as I didn't see it coming. Because I listen to a lot of audible titles - I do find the narrator a vital part of the story. Buck has an "older" voice - yet, the main character of the book is much younger than the husky voiced buck.
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.
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