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The Poet

The Poet

4.3 221
by Michael Connelly

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Denver Post crime-beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death. So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how--he decides to write the story. But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work--a devious murderer who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It's the news story of a


Denver Post crime-beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death. So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how--he decides to write the story. But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work--a devious murderer who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It's the news story of a lifetime, if he can get the story without losing his life. HC: Little, Brown.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
The Edgar Award-winning Connelly (The Concrete Blond, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/1/94) introduces us to Jack McEvoy, Denver journalist. While investigating the suicide of his twin brother, a detective, McEvoy finds the death was actually a cleverly disguised murder. As he digs deeper, he becomes enmeshed in a nationwide FBI hunt for two psychopathic pedophiles, one a con and the other a literati cop. The majority of the narrative is told in the first person by McEvoy, while scenes depicting the murderers are rendered in the third person. This makes the tale a bit awkward to follow, yet Connelly is able to realistically show us both criminal and police psychology. Although the plot is somewhat contrived, the author weaves a very engrossing tale. Reader Buck Schirner displays his great versatility by giving each character a convincing voice. This is a fine reading of a mostly fascinating mystery.Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, N.C.
San Francisco Examiner
"Chilling . . . The Poet Rings True."
"An intriguing new protagonist. . . . Connelly doesn't just talk about poets, he writes like one, with a spare, elegiac tone that is the perfect voice for the haunting tale he has to tell."
USA Today
"Pulse Pounding . . . Connelly is one of those masters of structure who can keep driving the story forward, paragraph by paragraph, in runaway-locomotive style."
From the Publisher
"Prepare to be played like a violin. Connelly writes suspense out of every possible aspect of Jack's obsessive hunt for his brother's killer."

-Kirkus Reviews

"TERRIFYINGLY REALISTIC....Connelly's plotting is near flawless....THE POET ranks with Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs."

-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Jack McEvoy Series , #1
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers including The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Brief Biography

Sarasota, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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The Poet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 221 reviews.
Booklover87 More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly has become one of my favorite writers. His crime novels are all edge of your seat thrilling. The Poet was no exception. I loved his new character Jack McEvoy and I enjoyed the insightful look inside journalists. Connelly really does keep you guessing. As soon as you think you have it figured out, he unveils another fact that has you questioning what really is going on. I highly recommend this for all Connelly fans and for those who have not read a book of his yet. This is a great one to start with.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I am reading all of Michael Connelly's books in order, which is the best way to read his novels, and The Poet is his fifth book and first to not have his famous character, Harry Bosch. The Poet is narrated by crime reporter Jack McEvoy, a character just as great as Bosch. I never reveal plot in my reviews but I will say this, each time I read a Connelly novel, I realize why he is my favorite mystery writer. His plots keep me up all night wanting to read more. The Poet is a major highlight in Connelly's career.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Connelly's books in order, obviously the Bosch series primarily. Love his writing and love that series, and almost skipped over The Poet. I'm so glad I bought and read it. Might actually be my favorite Connelly book to date and I've read 8 or 9 of his works thus far. Such a great story, loaded with twists and turns and his characters are very real. In fact, a couple of the characters that we find unlikeable, they come across as intriguing and have the reader wanting to learn more and more about what makes them tick. The plot is superior, and the developments are often quick and shocking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lfell in love with Michael Connelly's books after reading The Lincoln Lawyer. I really like the Mickey Haller series but have read all of them and most of the Harry Bosch series. This book was neither and definitely not a disappoinment. So I thought I'd give this book a try and once again, another great book.
ghostrider09 More than 1 year ago
The Poet had me jumping out of my seat...reporter turned investigater Jack McEvoy was shattered when his twin brother committed suicide. His probing into the death sent him to the F.B.I. with proof that his brother was the victim of a serial killer. It's a twisted path to the truth. I am going to be reading more of Connelly's McEvoy series.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Okay, so we all love Harry Bosch. So do I. So what else is new? No Harry Bosch here though. Sorry. But if you haven't read THE POET, you don't know what you're missing. Not all great mysteries require Harry Bosch. They just require Michael Connelly. THE POET is superb. You'll have a very hard time putting it down once you start it. And the ending is a big surprise. Check it out - you'll be glad you did.
heyjude444 More than 1 year ago
I am having a hard time getting into this one. I usually love Michael Connelly, but this is not my favorite of his. About halfway through, so hopefully it will pick up...
Carstairs38 8 months ago
Jack is on the Trail of a Well Disguised Serial Killer Even before I started reading any of Michael Connelly’s books, I’d heard lots of references to his book The Poet, so when I discovered it was next in line for me to read, I was looking forward to seeing what it was all about. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I didn’t find it quite as good as the praise lead me to expect it to be. The book introduces us to Jack McEvoy, a reporter in Denver, Colorado. He’s been a crime reporter for years, but his world is rocked when he finds himself on the other side of the story after his twin brother, Sean, commits suicide. Sean was a cop, and he’d been obsessed with one case, a brutal murder that no one seemed able to solve. Everyone has ruled it a suicide, even the cops. Jack doesn’t quite buy it, but it isn’t until he is researching a story on cop suicide for the paper that he makes a startling discovery. As the facts fall into place, Jack finds himself on an investigation that will take him all over the country and put him in contact with the FBI. But can he learn the truth? I can certainly see why this book is so praised. The plot is ingenious. Even early on when we knew where the book was going, things were set up so well that I was riveted. The way the plot unfolds is absolutely wonderful. I did figure a couple things out early, but it didn’t dampen my enjoyment as I wanted to learn if I was right and how Jack would piece things together. This book is now 20 years old. Maybe that is part of my issue with the story, but I found any of the parts of the story where the characters were trying to profile the villain to be very cliché. Maybe if I had first read it when it came out, I would find it fascinating. But if you have read or watched any profile heavy mystery, you know where things are going. Likewise, the scenes written from the point of view of the killer are equally predictable and slow things down. On the other hand, the characters were all strong. This is the first time that Michael Connelly had written about any of them, but by the end of the book, we’ve gotten to know all the major characters well. Even the minor characters were strong for the page time they had. I listened to the audio version narrated by Buck Schirner. This is the first time I’ve heard a book he’s narrated, and he did great. My only complaint here was the occasional time when they tried to add an effect to the story; it always added too much in my opinion. If you are doing an audio book, just narrate the story, don’t add digital menace or an echo to the voice. It goes without saying since we are dealing with a serial killer that this is definitely darker than my normal cozy stories, and it has the language, sex, and violence you’d expect. Be prepared for that before you pick up this book. Even though I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, I still enjoyed The Poet. It’s easy to see why some consider this a high point of Michael Connelly’s career.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Don't miss this one. I've read every one of his mysteries and have never been disappointed. Fantastic read!
Lamar Dawson-Stewart More than 1 year ago
I love all of Michael Connelly's books and this one is probably my favourite of the lot. It's a really excellent story and I highly recommend it!
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I'm a Michael Connelly fan. This is the first McEvoy book for me but it want be the last. The story kept me guessing (almost) to the end.
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I just finished the book and i have so many questions. Not good ones. Most have to do with plot continuity. I thought it was a decent read until I got to the end. I think the writer got a little too impressed with himself. Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, but left with a desire to know more about the charactars!
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DorothyFromKansas More than 1 year ago
In the beginning, I didn't even think Michael Connelly wrote this book. It was very, very different from his "Harry" books. But I stuck with it, and it was most enjoyable. Would recommend to all who appreciate Connelly.
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Another good book, different from the bosch series but still very good.
CliffWhoReads More than 1 year ago
The book moves along, maintaining a good level of suspense.  A good work for this genre.
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