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on March 2, 2000
This is the second time I'm reading this book, though I did not realise it when I picked it up from a second-hand bookstore. Anyway, in Chapter 8, according to the Times article, Chicago detective John Brooks was supposed to to have killed himself on March 13 approximately one year prior to Sean McEvoy's death (in 1995). So why is it that in chapter 22, in the preliminary Victimology Report, it states Brooks' date-of-death as October 30 1993? And how can Brooks' death be 1 year old if according to chapter 11, Bobby Smathers, the murder Brooks was investigating, died in March 1994 ("A one-year anniversary noted with flowers.")? The author obviously did not give too much thought to the time-line in his story. Either that or he simply did not care enough or thought his readers too stupid/careless to notice. And by the way, is a Glock 19 (chapter 22) and a .38 Special (chapter 8) the same gun? 'Cos they're both supposed to have been used in Brooks' death.
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on February 17, 1997
Could not put the book down as the chase for the serial killer goes through several states and the FBI. However, the ending could be written by a 10 year old who can't explain why the things happened or any reason for it! Don't read the book if you like mysteries that are solvable or sensible. I don't and would not recommend this book to anyone
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on June 4, 1999
I was genuinely enjoying this book until I hit the travesty that was supposed to be an "ending". I never felt like burning a book before in my life but found myself scurrying to find a book of matches and some kerosene to make sure that not a fiber of the paper it was printed on remained.
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on September 9, 2003
Please note that there is an error in the Aamzon's listing. "The Poet" is by Michael Connelly, not Baldacci (as the synopsis accurately indicates).
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on June 16, 2011
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. So the story is simply stupid not to mention the complete lack of clues pointing to him and on top of that it is very very extremely boring. After the first 200 pages I skipped entire chapters because nothing happens and as a previous reviewer mentioned each chapter introduces 20 plus characters who add absolutely nothing to the story line.

It is good for Connelly that I read the second McEnvoy (Brass Verdict) book first, and the first (The Poet) second, because interestingly the second one is actually pretty decent. Had I read the first first I would have never read the second.
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on April 7, 1999
Not good
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