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
Michael Connelly is a master. Connelly started out as a writer for a newspaper so it makes sense he would have a story about a reporter. I really like how he switched the point of view between Jack McEvoy (the reporter) and a creepy pedophile/murderer. At first there seems to be no connection in the storyline, but eventually it becomes apparant that these two are destined to clash. When I realized how early the book was was climaxing I was happy that my radar for the bad guy seemed to be intact. I was wrong.
Isn't it fun to read 20 year old books? People having to find pay phones, dial-up internet connections and no cell phone tracking.
If you haven't read any books by Michael Connelly, this one is sure to get you hooked. Mr. Connelly can develop a story with plot twists that can surprise you until the very end. Buck Schirner's reading was very well done. I found it hard to stop listening when I had to.
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.
I wondered how long it would be before I felt a book was so good that I would give the coveted five star's, and I found it in this one. I have listened or read most all of Michael Connelly novels and have never been disappointed but this one was by far the best, I did not think any Connelly book without Harry Bosch could be a complete winner, but it was. It walked a perfect line of suspense and twists, I did figure out who the real "bad guy" was about half way though but was never really sure until the very end. Don't pass this one up!
Another Michael Connelly blockbuster, with the requisite drama, tension, twists and turns. This guy never puts a foot wrong. An excellent airport thriller. Narration by Buck Schirner was particularly good, with effective voice variations. This was the first time I have heard him, and I will definitely be looking for more of his work. Production quality was likewise first class.
I read several books each week. I love books in general but right now I am really into espionage books. I also love nonfiction.
I liked it, I purchased it, but probably wouldn't listen again unless I'm out of new (to me) books. I'd restart the Bosch series if I couldn't read new books and then move back through to this one I suppose.
definitely Jack is my favorite character. I liked him from other books and loved reading about his background and what brought him to L.A.
I've never come across Buck Schirner as a narrator. I didn't mind his British pronunciations of certain words such as pedophile but I email and speak with Brits on a daily basis and often misspell American English now, myself, so it just doesn't bother me in general. I did see that some people minded his English pronunciations but his lack of the accent to go with it. I didn't even pick up on the pronunciations until I read it in the reviews after listening to the book. I think he did great. I like to just not notice the voice so I can focus on the story and I was able to, so well done.
My only additional comment would be just a suggestion. I wouldn't suggest one read this as an introduction to Connelly but I say this after having read his entire Harry Bosch series and Michael Haller series and I'm just trying to read everything he's written now. So from the standpoint of a huge fan, it was a good book for me. I probably wouldn't have gotten addicted to Connelly as an author if I'd started with this book. My first one was The Drop and then I went back adn started from the first Bosch book and went from there. That's all really. I liked getting to read about Rachel before he wrote about her in books I've already read. I believe I heard the narrator say this one was published in 1996 or so... so this was written earlier than most of what I have read from him. It was cool reading about the FBI guy in these early years that in the later books he's referenced.
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.
Avid Audible "reader" of historical & contemporary fiction, detective and crime novels.
It has been a while since I've enjoyed a crime/mystery story as much as this one. Told through the narrative of a Denver-based newspaper reporter who became a central figure in a compelling criminal investigation, this is one you don't want to miss. If you have an interest in plausible, highly engaging crime/mystery books, this story will capture you from the very first words.
I can't reveal more of the gist of the story, because practically anything I offer would give away some element of the plot. Just know that it is an intellectually satisfying book with twists and turns that make you want to keep listening all night. Every chapter has a mini-cliffhanger that requires you to keep listening -- or you'll lie awake thinking about for hours! I was eager to get back to ithisone every time I had to put it down. Best of all, there are no gimmicky endings here! Connelly has ended the story in a way that answers questions, resolves mysteries and leaves the reader believing that this one. . .just might be true.
Add to that the fact that Buck Schirner's performance is masterful and you have a book that is very much worth the price of admission. I highly recommend it.
I was excited to listen to this book based on the reviews. While there were some parts that were exciting and not predictable, the ending completely fell apart for me. I won't spoil the ending, but to me, it was contrived, sloppy and unbelievable.
The ending kindof made the whole book a disappointment for me.
"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.
"EXCITING AND CLEVER"
A really good book, and one of the more exciting I have heard.
Well read and voiced, well paced, really a good example of an audiobook.
Interesting story though creepy. Serial killers and peadophiles make a toxic mix but it is easier to take because the main premise seems so over the top. The reader does a good job of conveying the separate characters and their emotions.
Another good value audio book from Michael Connelly. I have only recently discovered Michael Connolly books and to date I have been pleased with them all. The pace and excitement of his books leave you waiting for more. I do look at the length of time the book so as to get value for my money.
If you have not read any of Connelly's book this is a good one to start with.
"Michael Connelly never disappoints"
Another cracking story from Michael Connelly which kept me listening even whilst shopping in the supermarket which meant I forgot most of the things I went in for! Narration was excellent too and added to the plot well.
"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...
Typical Connelly book keeps you guessing until the last minute, I have to say the narration is superb. I think a follow up to that story could have been justified. I have always considered him to be one of the best, watch that space I always say. Thoroughly reccomended.
"An excellent listen"
The first of a new character, Jack McEvoy, but the same superbly crafted Michael Connelly novel! I've got the Mickey Haller audibles available already and decided to take a punt on this and it's so good I've downloaded the scarecrow.
Harry Bosch series next!!!!
"A must if you are into the Harry Bosch series"
This is a fantastic stand alone story. However, it is best enjoyed as a chronological part of the Harry Bosh series from the same author. My suggestion is to work your way through Michael Connelly's books by year of release not by the different character lists. Many of the characters appear in each others books and it is great to reacquaint yourself with characters you remember from previous stories. This book is by any comparison, one of the best of its genre.
"Magnficient Serial Killer Story"
Starting off with a slow burn, then building to a complex, multi-layered investigation and pursuit, The Poet shows the depth and quality of the writing of Michael Connelly. One of the great enjoyments of the Conelly novels is the inter-linking of stories and characters across a number of books. The Poet is a serial killer to match Hannibal Lecter, and stems from the same understanding of police procedures, and with both the fascination with the killer and the pursuit that fuels the Thomas Harris novels. The Poet is the first book, and then you must move onto the conclusion in The Narrows. A well read story; emotional and fluent.
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