The Poet

The Poet

Book - 1996
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Jack McEvoy specializes in death. As a Crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder. But his professional bravado doesn't lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316153980
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 18, 2020

I started reading the Bosch books after seeing the television series, which was excellent. I've been reading them in succession which works well for me. The Poet is the first non-Bosch book I've read, and it's almost as good as the Bosch books, which are told in third person. The Poet is revealed in first person, with occasional chapters told in third person; interesting literary maneuver. I thought The Poet started off like gangbusters, and it rocked really hard all the way through to nearly the end where it started to bog down. It ends with a couple of twists, the second one being rather lame. However, I really enjoyed it, and it was a page turner; I had a difficult time putting it down. It's really long, 600 pages, and could have been about 100 pages shorter, and we wouldn't have lost a thing. Connolly spends a lot of time on dialogue, and that's okay, but he could use a bit more detail and some figurative language use could be expanded, but he is a hell of a good story teller. His dialogue reminds me of Stephen King, as in he talks too much. Connelly writes his novels as if they are headed for film; which many have. I found The Poet to be an excellent thriller overall. I'd recommend it, particularly if you like the Bosch books.

Apr 06, 2020

Book 1 - Book 2 is The Scarecrow and Book 3 is Fair Warning

May 01, 2019

Just a great mystery novel . 5 stars.
Someone commented they knew where the plot was going 3/4 of the way through.
I sure as heck didn't .
It was suspenseful for me to the last page .
Has this been made into movie ?
Also interesting romantic sub-plot.

IndyPL_CindyB Apr 30, 2019

One of the first Michael Connelly novels I read, and still one of my favorites. I tend to read the same books again and again, and this always hold my interest. From the locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, to the suspense it is well worth the read. A great way to discover an excellent mystery writer.

Nov 17, 2018


Oct 10, 2018

Read this a while ago & remembered I liked it but couldn't remember enough of the story-line so read it again. Was not disappointed.

Mar 27, 2018

An excellent read from one of today's top thriller writers!
A flawed, but likeable hero and nonstop action makes this one of Connelly's best!!

Jan 20, 2018

Five stars from me. I think this book is his best work so far. Lots of plot twists, misdirections, and mystery from beginning to end. Even though I love the Bosch series, and have read every book about Harry, the new character (Jack), is very well developed, likeable and believable. I wouldn't be surprised if this book was made into a movie.

Nov 04, 2017

Must-read Connelly!! Irresistible--can't put down--plot! LOVE!

Jan 29, 2017

The Poet is good until about 3/4 the way through and then it's apparent how the plot will play out.

Not as good as a Bosch novel, but I'll probably try the next one in the series.

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Description: When writing an article about his police officer brother's suicide, crime reporter Jack McEvoy discovers a murderer. Soon he has become the target of a shockingly brilliant killer who has eluded the greatest investigators alive.v


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