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THE POET. [Paperback]

MICHAEL CONNELLY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing July 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I've read by Mr. Connelly and I found it to be a great read. Jack McEvoy is a crime reporter whose twin brother, a homicide investigator, is brutally murdered. Although the police rule the death a suicide, Jack is unable to accept this and begins his own investigation. This leads to the discovery of similar murders involving other homicide investigators across America, and the FBI becomes involved. Jack is allowed to be part of the investigation and becomes involved with Rachel Walling, an agent with the FBI.
This mystery is full of twists and turns and is a fascinating read. The characters are great, the investigation intriguing, and the real Poet a surprise.
Call me a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Connelly March 6 2012
By James A. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is vintage Connelly at his best. It is one of his earlier books and the first of the Jack McEvoy news thrillers, but it is a classic example to other writers how to write an effective thriller. It is a chilling tale with a spare, elegaic tone and crisp writing.

The ending is a real twist and I didn't see it coming. Love books like that. I definitely want to read THE SCARECROW, his followup to this one. 5-stars fully deserved. Bravo, Mr. Connelly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG !! July 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had purchased this book mainly due to the reviews that I had been reading. (Note: I do not normally read murder/mystery genra...I tend to lean towards historical and occult fiction, yet as a book fanatic, I try not to limit myself ;)
"The Poet" is the first I have read by M. Connelly, and I have to say of all the books that I have read, this one scared the bejeasus out of me!! I proudly would have stated that I can't be frightened by a book, I had read it all, there wasn't a hack and slash or horror out there I would have been surprised by...until now.
The story is centered around a reporter, Jack McEnvoy. It begins with Jack's need to question the motives surrounding his brothers suicide. In a reporters need to uncover the 'reason' for things happening, Jack finds odd clues that soon lead him to understand that his brother, (a Denver Homicide Detective), was really murdered and his death can be linked with the deaths of other homicide detectives around the country. (It is never that simple in fiction though is it?:) In each death, the detective was working on a high profile case involving the murder of a person/child who was killed in horribly brutal and violent ways, each case lead the investigators to a brick wall. Soon Jack realizes that there may be TWO serial killers out there working together, how could one guy do all this? He scrambles on a journey to 'catch a killer..' and find the answers that have been unanswered surrounding his brother's death.
The story catches your interest, keeps it hanging and blows you from one theory to the next. Just when you think you know the answer to 'who done it', he blows your theory out of the water. His writing is such that you don't get the heads up of what is going on much before the lead character, Jack, does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Time Connelly Reader April 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A lot of twists to the plot made the book a good one! Will read more of Connelly! Reading Black Echo now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Reading May 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Poet" is Michael Connelly's 5th book, and proved to be something of a departure for him - it was his first book not to feature Harry Bosch. Instead of Bosch, the central character is Jack McEvoy, a journalist based in Denver. He works for the "Rocky Mountain News", covering virtually whatever murder he chooses. As the book opens, he's just been told of his twin brother's suicide.
Sean, his twin, was a cop in Denver. He worked in the "Crimes Against Persons" unit, an area that included the investigation of murders. Not long before his death, he had directed the investigation of one particularly gruesome and high profile case. Theresa Lofton, the victim, was a 19-year-old student who corpse had been found cut into two parts. No progress had been made in the case, and the police initially believe that this case had simply "got" to Sean. He was found in his car, on the shore of Bear Lake, having apparently shot himself. There was a note written in the steam of the car windscreen : "Out of space, out of time". It's not the first death in the family - McEvoy's younger sister had drowned in the same lake about twenty years previously.
When Jack returns to work after the funeral, he decides to write about his brother - a decision that, initially, isn't too popular with either his parents or his brother's widow. Part of the background research he does includes looking over reports in other newspapers regarding police suicides. One of the reports he finds covers the apparent suicide of John Brooks, a Detective in Denver. Brooks' case is a carbon copy of Sean's - right down to the suicide notes : both are quotations from poems written by Edgar Allen Poe. Sean, feeling there are too many similarities to be coincidental, now believes his brother was murdered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT TO-CATCH-A-SERIAL-KILLER NOVEL Sept. 6 2007
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I remember reading this book in 12 hours. Straight. I just could not put it down. Made the mistake of starting it in the afternoon. It was daylight when I finished.

People (and back-covers) often claim the terms "page-turner" and "will not be able to put it down" and then we have to plow through verbalistic word-stuffing for weeks, succumbing to sleep after only a few pages.

THE POET is tight, precise, imaginative, smart and very well researched.

It defined Michael Connelly and, justifiably, made his career.

You will enjoy it too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid and Boring
We are following a murderer on the first 470 pages and then on the last 30 Connelly pulls the rabbit out of the hat and pronounces an FBI agent to be the real culprit. Read more
Published on June 16 2011 by Burlington Dude
4.0 out of 5 stars Connelly's vacation from Harry Bosch
Jack McEvoy is a reporter on the crime scene in Denver. His twin brother, homicide detective Sean McEvoy, has recently been found dead, presumably a suicide, by a shotgun blast to... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2008 by Paul Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Meeting Evil Face-to-Face
Jack McEvoy is a crime-beat reporter in Denver whose twin brother, Sean McEvoy, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after obsessing over the murder and... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2008 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and suspenseful
THE POET centers around the apparent suicide of a cop, Sean, who has left behind a note that is written on his windshield, it is a line from an Edgar Allen Poe poem, and nobody can... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!
Wanting to expand my mystery writer horizons, I picked up The Poet and hit the jackpot. The best word to describe it is SPECTACULAR. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Bookworm Plus
5.0 out of 5 stars MIDNIGHT DARK AND DREARY
I reread THE POET again because I wanted to read Connelly's newest THE NARROWS. In revisiting THE POET, I found myself still completely involved and mesmerized by this book;... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This was my first Michael Connelly book I've read. I have never read an author who could add twists and turns to characters and make them believable until now. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Colby Jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic
After reading the forward by Stephen King, I was looking forward to a really good read. Although the book was readable and even exciting at points, when taken in its entirety, it... Read more
Published on June 24 2004
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