Wanting to expand my mystery writer horizons, I picked up The Poet and hit the jackpot. The best word to describe it is SPECTACULAR. The quick pace of a reporter investigating serial murders of children and then the investigating detectives kept the excitement level high throughout the entire book. The effect is enhanced by the superior job at character development by Connelly when compared to most mystery/thriller writers. Several characters such as McEvoy, Wallings, Thorsen, and Gladding will stay in my head for a long time. The Poet deals with a despicable part of the human endeavor in a way that is very tasteful and non-gratuitous. Many books in this genre start out great, but then fizzle at the end. I believe this is because endings tend to be one-track and an effort by the author to simply finish the book. In contrast, The Poet twisted and turned at the end as it went through several plausible endings that turned out to be way stations before the final shocking crescendo. I was delighted to find out that Connolly's latest book, The Narrows, is a sequel. I am sure all of you out there know what author I picked for my next purchase!