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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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    rob 03-22-09
    rob 03-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Masterful"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    A. Katz 08-23-15
    A. Katz 08-23-15 Member Since 2014

    kindle lover

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    "Barely finished this book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-28-15
    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2009

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "A little Connelly, a Little Poe, and Dual Stories"

    The Poet tells one tale of an FBI search for a pedophile infanticide; which then morphs into a second story of deception and trust. In the first, one might say the good guys get their man, but not without loss of life and virtue. In the second story, the lack of blind trust in love is the genesis of the tributary tragedy. The book is a page turner as is any Michael Connelly novel. Michael Connelly does not hesitate to bring one to the edge of horror, but thankfully does it with literary panache rather than putrid descriptions. Connelly’s style is the more effective. An extra added excitement in the tale is the interlacing short references to Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Not much, but enough to give the story additional depth, found memories of prior readings of Poe’s poems and stories, and an essential carry through theme between the two tiers of stories. If one wants to be entertained, one can certainly find it in The Poet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-31-14
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Connelly book yet"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    iris 10-22-13
    iris 10-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, But..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good cop story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wade's "tricks" to use instead of his gun


    Did Buck Schirner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Just an average job


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator got a little on my nerves. The said: "Wade said" or " Charlie said." Too loud, could have used a better, softer tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Frank A. Salamone Sr. White Plains, NY USA 10-20-13
    Dr. Frank A. Salamone Sr. White Plains, NY USA 10-20-13 Member Since 2015

    jazz man

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    "Great Read from a Great Author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it to any mystery fan. It is a good read, suspensful, with many plot twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its pace, characters, and surprises.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    The main character.


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

    There were many


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 09-23-13
    Donna 09-23-13
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    "Kept Me Guessing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 07-18-13
    Emily 07-18-13
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    "Gripping story tripped up by narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Did The Poet inspire you to do anything?

    Unfortunately, I am only inspired to avoid future reads by Mr. Schirner.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Black Orchid Stillwater, OK 07-16-13
    Black Orchid Stillwater, OK 07-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Eq Doc

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    "Good...up to a point"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The final plot twist was forced and did not hold up logically.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    I didn't really like any of them.


    Do you think The Poet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 03-25-13
    Debra 03-25-13

    Addicted to audio books.

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    "Annoyingly Good"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but I did keep coming back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    In a way it felt like a classic of this type of mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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