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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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Loved this book!

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A mixed review

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.

26 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 02-23-17

Little thin on the plots and narration

A story with strong potential and weak on execution. The narrator kills it from time to time. But then, the plot is veiled and gets thin at times. I think Michael tried to cram a little to much excitement into the story and lost effect in the end. The love story between Rachael and Jack isn't pulled off very well, almost detracts.

This being said, it is a must read as there are foundation items to other events in the Harry Bosch series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Eh

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • G. Steyn
  • Newton, MA United States
  • 02-12-09

Solid novel improved by the narration

"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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Very entertaining

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.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Story good; narrator awful

I hate knowing I would have enjoyed this book, but for the narrator.

Or, as the narrator would say,

'Twould have been good; 'twas not I but the reader. 'Twas a good story read by a narrator with the audible emotion of a canned yam. 'Twould have been much better 'fth Mr. NarratorMan recognized the "i" nth words "if," "in" and especially "it." 'Twould have been a good one ndeed.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 03-10-10

One Twist Too Many

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.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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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  • lil_big_nomad
  • 02-18-18

amazing

simply put it's non stop. if you enjoy MCs books then this is for you.

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  • Marie Godbeer
  • 11-12-17

Brilliant read

I found the narrator a bit off putting to begin with but by the 3-4th chapter I was hooked and I had got used to his voice.
The story is gripping with lots of twists. I guessed the ending but not until near the very end. Definitely recommend this book.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-25-17

Excellent listen.

great story line right to the end. looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Sean Dynan
  • 08-18-17

Strange story

I'm a big fan of Connelly and wish he would write another Lincoln Lawyer. But this is a poorly written thriller, laced with cliched dialog and unexplained motives. It almost seems old fashioned.

The narrator did a good job, though.

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  • lincolnf2006
  • 08-02-17

Harry Reborn

Brilliant and the performance even better. I couldn't help but get flashbacks to the Harry Bosch days though

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  • Sally Sumbler
  • 07-16-17

Gripping story.

Enjoyed this book from start to finish. For me this one one of those that I couldn't stop listening to.

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  • Matthew Gracie
  • 06-29-17

perfect crime fiction.

brilliantly narrated, twisty crime tale. Well written and measured. We'll have that and more I think.

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  • Seacadence
  • 05-30-17

Gripping

loved it. I could barely stop listening yet I didn't want to it end, too.

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  • Lucy
  • 09-24-16

not for me

I tried a few times to listen but the narrator's drone put me off completely. I'll take more care in future to listen to the sample narration. As for the story, no idea if it's any good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • bibliophile
  • 08-05-16

Excellent reading and a clever plot.

Some intricate plotting and beautifully read. This is an interesting listen with clear characterisation, though the final plot twists may be taking things a bit too far.