The Poet

The Poet

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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 starts work on an investigative report about police suicides.See more details below

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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 starts work on an investigative report about police suicides.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Examiner
"Chilling . . . The Poet Rings True."
People
"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."
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"Chilling . . . The Poet Rings True."—San Francisco Examiner

"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."—People

"Connelly keeps a surprise up his sleeve until the very end of this authoritatively orchestrated thriller."—Publishers Weekly

"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

"Pulse Pounding . . . Connelly is one of those masters of structure who can keep driving the story forward, paragraph by paragraph, in runaway-locomotive style."—USA Today

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446602617
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Jack McEvoy Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
102,402
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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