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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT TO-CATCH-A-SERIAL-KILLER NOVEL Sept. 6 2007
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 The Poet May 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
TITLE: The Poet
AUTHOR: Michael Connelly
PUBLISHER: Hieronymous, Inc.
PAGES: 501
PRICE (paperback): $7.99
ISBN: 0-446-60261-2
"Death is my beat." Those are the words used by our narrator Jack McEvoy, a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. At the beginning Jack finds out his brother a Denver Homicide cop, has just commited suicide. The death of his brother thrusts Jack to begin writing a story over cops and suicide, but during the investigation he starts finding pieces that just dont fit together. Jack has to travel to differnt states so he can piece the puzzle together. First he has to convince the cops to reopen his brothers case. To do this he described the message that had been left by his brother. "Out of space Out of time."
The killer uses a script from an Edger Allen Poe poem, on each of his victims. Each of the homicide cops killed were working on a case, that could not be solved. Because of this and other important evidence Jack was able to convince the cops to reopen the case.
Upon the reopening of the cases, Jack was able to travel to different states in hopes to piece it together. Along the way he is able to convince other law agencies to reopen their cases involving police officers suicides. During his travels Jack runs into Michael Warren an "ex reporter" working at the Law Enforcement Foundation who appears to be very helpful in giving him important files that jack was earlier denied. His journey also took him to the F.B.I'.s Behavioral Science Service, that allows Jack to tag along during the investigation with the stipulation that he does not write anything about the case until it is solved. This is to prevent the "Poet" so the FBI calls him does not escape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and suspenseful Aug. 4 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 quite figure it out. As the plot unfolds he uncovers more and more evidence .One wonders after a while how inept the police could be to have missed it all and what HAD been a suicide now becomes a homicide. If you liked VOID MOON, you'll love this one, though THE POET can easily stand on its own.
Also would recommend another entirely different kind of book, though it too is suspeseful: THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Connelly's vacation from Harry Bosch
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Published on Sept. 10 2008 by Donald Mitchell
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
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