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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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    Najima Rainey 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So very 90s"

    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.

    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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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 03-18-13
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "Solid Michael Connelly"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 03-03-13
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Connelly I have listened to"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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