A truly engrossing thriller. Michael Connelly has moved away from Harry Bosch for a really super read. I could not put the book down without wanting to finish whatever else I was doing, and get back to the plot. The characters are rich and fulfilling; the entire book is full of twists and turns that are delicious! It is really a great book and true to its genre.
Another departure for Michael Connelly, but only in terms of the focus of the novel. Here a reporter takes center stage and outshines bored cops in his effort to track down his brother's (a cop) killer. And talk about layers of the onion! Connelly is a master at plot twists that only engage the reader further rather than distract. Buckle up when you sit down to read this one.
Fifth book by Michael Connolly. First outside of Harry Bosch LAPD realm. At the time cutting edge computer thriller, now it is a little dated. However, doesn't interfer with enjoyment of tightly crafted thriller.
I enjoyed "The Poet", I didn't think it was one of Michael Connelly's better books...
It was much too wordy for me,and went into too much detail about the whole justice system, PD's etc. I really just wanted it too end and find out who "the
Poet" really was..
actually I didn't finish it--way too long and some of it just too draggy, the story seemed good enough but it just way too long and too much detail to keep up with. Liked the reporter character and will try more books with him but hopefully the stories won't be so long that it just gets a little boring while you wait for the story to move along
Every now and then I have to leave off reading 'heady' books and do a murder mystery or something lighter. This was one of those choices. It surprised me. It was a very good murder mystery that kept my interest literally right up to the last page. And that's saying something.
Jack McEvoy is a death reporter, obsessed with his calling. However this time the death story is personal as his twin brother is killed and he seeks to find the killer. "Chilling...Connelly puts his foot on the gas and doesn't let up."- Los Angeles Times
Personally, I thought the story was interesting with a really surprising twist at the end.
A homicide reporter's twin brother is found dead of apparent suicide. The reporter is convinced he is murdered and, from that discovery, he searches via the internet any other homicide detective "suicides". When he approaches the FBI about a connection, they allow him to accompany their task force in finding this illusive killer. There are many twists in this story, is riveting in the telling and you better be ready to not do anything else but read this book.
Connelly is one of the best mystery writers around today. Articulate, literate, creative, he is for me one of those who are currently holding the gold standard. He can sometimes seem unrelentingly dark, but he's never boring, and never ever stupid.
This book is a mystery/thriller about homicide cops that are dying. Jack MeEvoy is a reporter and his brother is one of the victims. It was written in 1996 so it's a little dated but the story is good. I was surprised by the ending and still a little perplexed over it. All in all a good read...a little long.
This and The Lincoln Lawyer are Connelly's best books, and that is saying a ton because all his books are good. This book is a roller coaster that you just don't want to get off of. It is smart, scary, and exciting. Not part of any series, so if you love myster/thriller you MUST read this book.
My first book by Connelly...and...I loved it the whole thing and it was long! I enjoyed all of it. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong, I felt like I was in the story. Rachel Walling is also great in this book. I wanted to do this as an audio book to see if I liked the author and I was reading another book at the time. It was a sucess. I'm going to read the next three books that have Rachel appearing in them. The Narrows, Echo Park and Overlook. I've looked at his book list and it seems to be set up different than most so this is the way I'm steering. I wouldn't be afraid to do an audio book. I would recommend it. I get so much done while reading and this one was the best audio book of all. I'm looking forward to my next one by this author as well. Happy reading! THE POET is awesome!!!! Just when you think you know what's going on.....you're wrong! LOVE IT! It was full of facts, investigation, and so much more!
I love Connelly; I've read all of his books. So of course I liked this one. Fair warning, though: the baddie in this book is just about the most evil person I've encountered in literature. (N.B.: when done with this one, read Connelly's "The Narrows.")
In a departure from his crime novels featuring LAPD's Harry Bosch, Connelly (The Last Coyote) sets Denver journalist Jack McEvoy on an intricate case where age-old evils come to flower within Internet technology. Jack's twin brother, Sean, a Denver homicide detective obsessed with the mutilation murder of a young woman, is discovered in his car, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, with a cryptic note written on the windshield. Jack's investigation uncovers a series of cop suicides across the country, all of which have in common both the cops' deep concerns over recent cases and their last messages, which have been taken, he quickly determines, from the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. As his information reopens cases in Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas, New Mexico and Florida, Jack joins up with a team from the FBI's Behavioral Science Section, which includes sharp, attractive agent Rachel Walling. Connections between the dead cops, the cases they were working on and the FBI profile of a pedophile whom readers know as William Gladden occur at breakneck speed, as Jack and the team race to stay ahead of the media. Edgar-winning Connelly keeps a surprise up his sleeve until the very end of this authoritatively orchestrated thriller, when Jack finds himself in California, caught at the center of an intricate web woven from advanced computer technology and more elemental drives.
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This was a stand alone novel when it was written, but since it now has a sequel (The Narrows), it's sort of a part of the "Harry Bosch" series. This one is about the FBI's attempts to track and catch a serial killer. It's written from the perspective of a crime reporter whose twin brother was the latest victim.
This review is for the abridged audio cassette version of the book. You don't need another description of the plot, because you can find it in multiple reviews already.
This was a good read (listen). Abridging the novel to approx. 3 hours was a bit severe - there were quite a few jumps in "detection" that were probably explained more believably in the book.
I can see how this has the potential to be pretty creepy in its full figure.
The reader was not intrusive - I didn't find myself noting emphasis in unexpected places (which is unfortunately quite common in audio books), and the different "voices" to indicate different characters weren't ridiculous. I had no preconceived notion of how the main character should sound, so it was fine with me.
I definitely recommend this book - though a longer version will probably be more satisfying.
Great story line that flowed smoothly throughout the book. A real page turner for me as Jack tries to discover what has happened to his twin brother, the cop. The reporter from a small town paper makes some interesting discoveries that lead the FBI to become involved in the cases of several cops who have supposedly committed suicide. Throw in a budding relationship with the FBI agent and you have the prefect book.
Review on the back of the book says, ".....a novel that breaks all the rules and will keep your heart racing and your mind guessing until the very last page." Oh, how I agree. This was one of the best books by Michael Connelly I have read.
Connelly is a good writer, but this one is not his best. An organic and enjoyable thriller goes awry at the end, where his attempt to throw multiple twists at the reader ends up in a contrived and fairly illogical ending. I enjoyed the book until the final 50 pages.
This book is a thriller. It's about a serial killer who targets homicide cops that are haunted by a murder case they couldn't solve. The killer's calling card: A quotation from the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
This was my first-ever Michael Connelly read. And boy is it a good one. No, it's not one of his fabulous Harry Bosch series, but it's a great story just the same. It is disturbing. It is heart-wrenching. It is an exciting read. If you love mysteries & thrillers, especially of the police proceedural type, then this is a must read for you!
Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his obsession. But this time death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write. A serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. His targets: homicide cops. His latest victim is McEvoy's own brother.
This was a pretty good read and while it's not a suspense novel, it's very interesting being in the mind of the killer and along with those who profile and hunt for him. A huge surprise twist ends the book on a great note.
Another exciting book from Connelly. I've read all of the Bosch novels and decided to try another series from him and I wasn't disappointed. interesting plot that keeps moving and throws a few surprises your way and kept me reading much later than I should have been. Highly recommended if you like mystery/thriller genre fiction.
Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat, his calling, his obession. But this time, death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write--about a serial killer of unprecedented savagery who strikes too close to home.
Newspaper Reporter Jack McEvoy is having a hard time coping with the suicide of his twin brother, Detective Sean McEvoy. Sean was found in his police vehicle, dead from a gunshot wound. A short note was scrawled on the windshield. Jack tries to deal with the situations by writing his brother's story. But research into police suicides leads Jack to believe that his brother may have been murdered. Jack begins to see a pattern between a series of homicide detective deaths. They were all working on unsolved homicides involving children. All were declared suicides, and all left a short note that contained a line of poetry written by Edgar Allen Poe.
When Jack gives the FBI the information he has dug up, he makes a deal that he will be part of their investigation and write the exclusive story when they arrest the Poet. This gives the reader first-hand information about the case from a character who is not a cop. I thought that gave the mystery a very different feel. Michael Connelly has written an excellent mystery. I latched onto the person I thought was the killer early in the book, but I was wrong. I highly recommend this story. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his calling, his obsession. But this time. death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial kille of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large, his prey: homicide cops, each haunted by a case he couldn't crack. His latest victim is McEvoys own Brother. and his next may be McEvboy himself.
Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat; his calling, his obsession. But this time death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write--and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. a serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. his targets; homicide cops, each haunted by a murder case he could'nt crack. the killer's calling card; a quotation from the works of edgar allen poe. his latest victim is McEvoy's own brother. and his last maybe be McEvoy himself.