Jack McEvoy specializes in death. As a crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder. But his professional bravado doesn't lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide. Jack's brother was a homicide detective, and he had been depressed about a recent murder case, a hideously grisly one ...
Jack McEvoy specializes in death. As a crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder. But his professional bravado doesn't lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide. Jack's brother was a homicide detective, and he had been depressed about a recent murder case, a hideously grisly one, that he'd been unable to solve. McEvoy decides that the best way to exorcise his grief is by writing a feature on police suicides. But when he begins his research, he quickly arrives at a stunning revelation. Following his leads, protecting his sources, muscling his way inside a federal investigation, Jack grabs hold of what is clearly the story of a lifetime. He also knows that in taking on the story, he's making himself the most visible target for a murderer who has eluded the greatest investigators alive.
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When I read The Poet I was only buying used books and paperbacks. Since then I have become fortunate enough to be able to buy hardbacks. My entire library has grown to the point that I have limited myself to signed First editions, First printings, excepting a few authors who do not have signings. I do,now and then, replace a paperback with a signed HB when the title in question is exceptional.
I have read all of Connolly's work. I deem The Poet one of the best, perhaps the best, he has produced. The particular purchase here was a good value.
Apr 8, 2010
The Poet is not Michael Connelly's best work, and Jack McEvoy not his most compelling character. That said, the novel was truly suspenseful, though the "whodunnit" revelation somewhat forced.
Mar 17, 2010
"The Poet "was just O.K. I enjoyed it, but
the books he has written more recently
are much, much better. Maybe he just
needed to mature more when he wrote
Jul 16, 2009
Slow but sure
Being the first time i have ever read Michael Connelly (being a James Patterson fan) I found it to be a bit slow in the first chapter but once this guy gets it in 4th gear ...strap in and hold on....This books had me ziggin and zaggin all the way to the last page....Never think you know the ending because he will throw you a curve every time...Great Book...im going to buy all of his books
Jun 24, 2009
First book of Connelly's that I ever read and thus far has been his best! I loved this book and its sequel. His books overall are always good, but this is my favorite.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-10-30 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. (Jan.)
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