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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY BOSCH AND LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES

An electrifying standalone thriller that breaks all the rules!

Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his calling, his obsession. But this time, death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write - and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. His targets: homicide cops, each haunted by a murder case he couldn't crack. The killer's calling card: a quotation from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. His latest victim is McEvoy's own brother. And his last...may be McEvoy himself.

©1996 by Michael Connelly. (P)1996 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Solid Mystery

Would you try another book written by Michael Connelly or narrated by Buck Schirner?

I liked this so much I got my hands on the second book as well, though I am bitterly disappointed to find there is only two McEvoy books as opposed to the 20 odd books in the bosch series. Regardless, I haven't read much serial killer fiction and it was kinda cool, if incredibly dated. Many twists to be had!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack McEvoy, he is unique as a main character in crime fiction, being that he was NOT a detective!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not particuarly. I didn't like the narration much, I found the voice to be droll and monotone. It did however give a very detective noir feel which was a positive.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

YES! This would make a great movie!

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Another great book

I enjoy this book tremendously... onto the next one. I loved the narrator and the story line. This writer is fabulous.

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Rubbish!

Started out reasonably but about 3 quarters of a wqy in the author had the main character do something stupid. Not getting into it in case someone wants to listen to this book. But I would advise against it because it is dated now written 25 years ago and over all the book is not very well written.

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great book!

full of suspense, good turns of story, absolutely loved the way it was performed, super!!

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Thrilling

I dint normally listen to murder miseries, and inspite of being immersed in a horrible topic for all those hours, it was very gripping. There was only one flaw, which is why did he not ask the other reporter who the source was?
Anyway, well narrated, good tempo, good twists.

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It kept me interested

Overall this isn’t great, but good enough to keep me interested through to the end. I couldn’t get into the narrator, again the narration wasn’t that bad, but I thought the voices of certain characters just didn’t fit.

Good enough, glad I listened, though hardly memorable.

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Kept me guessing

It isn’t often that a novel keeps me questioning who commits the crime. This book has been the best in doing so and therefore held my interest all the way through. Thank you for such an adventure

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Great story

This is one of many good books Connelly had written. I read this years ago and the second sitting did not disappoint. I have read some mediocre crime novels written by other writers and should have stuck with the best. Good story and great twist.

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Dark evil takes its toll on the good of the people

Excellent story showing true evil.. also reminder of when the internet started sharing the darkness!

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Great story with an amazing twist. Very well read.

As with all Connelly's books this has a great story line and an unseen twist. 10/10

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 10-08-2014

Great Villain Mystery

This story revolves around reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI agent Rachel Walling. While I read all of Connelly in order years ago, I actually listened to the sequel of The Poet, the Harry Bosch novel The Narrows, first. Even though I knew who the villain was this was a riveting story.

You don't have to listen to many of Connelly's novel in order, but it's essential to read the Poet first if you want maximum shock value.

A great audio experience...

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  • Tom
  • 12-07-2012

Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?

Michael Connelly is a master. Connelly started out as a writer for a newspaper so it makes sense he would have a story about a reporter. I really like how he switched the point of view between Jack McEvoy (the reporter) and a creepy pedophile/murderer. At first there seems to be no connection in the storyline, but eventually it becomes apparant that these two are destined to clash. When I realized how early the book was was climaxing I was happy that my radar for the bad guy seemed to be intact. I was wrong.

Isn't it fun to read 20 year old books? People having to find pay phones, dial-up internet connections and no cell phone tracking.

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  • Eric
  • 03-03-2013

Best Connelly I have listened to

I have followed Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer, and I came to this one with some skepticism, putting it down after a day because I decided I did not want a detective book about a pedophile and murderer. When I needed a new read, I picked it back up, and I was soon hooked. This was the most multilayered and tightly knit Connelly I have listened to. Performance was excellent, but not at the same level as readers like auberjois or ballerini.

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  • N. Male
  • 03-02-2010

Engrossing and Well Read

If you haven't read any books by Michael Connelly, this one is sure to get you hooked. Mr. Connelly can develop a story with plot twists that can surprise you until the very end. Buck Schirner's reading was very well done. I found it hard to stop listening when I had to.

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  • Bodiccea
  • 09-11-2014

Not for the gentle readers

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This might be a great book but I couldn't finish it. If you are squeamish about cruelty and graphic descriptions, you'll want to give this a miss.

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  • Marius
  • 04-03-2009

Poetry and potion

Another Michael Connelly blockbuster, with the requisite drama, tension, twists and turns. This guy never puts a foot wrong. An excellent airport thriller. Narration by Buck Schirner was particularly good, with effective voice variations. This was the first time I have heard him, and I will definitely be looking for more of his work. Production quality was likewise first class.

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  • Amy
  • 13-07-2012

Enjoyable but not if it's your 1st Connelly book

Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

I liked it, I purchased it, but probably wouldn't listen again unless I'm out of new (to me) books. I'd restart the Bosch series if I couldn't read new books and then move back through to this one I suppose.

Who was your favorite character and why?

definitely Jack is my favorite character. I liked him from other books and loved reading about his background and what brought him to L.A.

Have you listened to any of Buck Schirner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never come across Buck Schirner as a narrator. I didn't mind his British pronunciations of certain words such as pedophile but I email and speak with Brits on a daily basis and often misspell American English now, myself, so it just doesn't bother me in general. I did see that some people minded his English pronunciations but his lack of the accent to go with it. I didn't even pick up on the pronunciations until I read it in the reviews after listening to the book. I think he did great. I like to just not notice the voice so I can focus on the story and I was able to, so well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes..

Any additional comments?

My only additional comment would be just a suggestion. I wouldn't suggest one read this as an introduction to Connelly but I say this after having read his entire Harry Bosch series and Michael Haller series and I'm just trying to read everything he's written now. So from the standpoint of a huge fan, it was a good book for me. I probably wouldn't have gotten addicted to Connelly as an author if I'd started with this book. My first one was The Drop and then I went back adn started from the first Bosch book and went from there. That's all really. I liked getting to read about Rachel before he wrote about her in books I've already read. I believe I heard the narrator say this one was published in 1996 or so... so this was written earlier than most of what I have read from him. It was cool reading about the FBI guy in these early years that in the later books he's referenced.

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  • Spoons
  • 20-03-2017

Disappointing! Falls Flat.

I have never been disappointed in a Michael Connelly book until now. The premise holds so much promise but falls flat. Jack is such a whining weak character. Really the only fully fleshed out character. The rest never fully get explained what made them tick...Rachael or her boss. The ending gives some quick fill in but oh I am just frustrated. And I know it doesn't come later because I read the Narrows. The reasons for everything are never wrapped up. It's just sad

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  • Paula
  • 29-04-2013

Stellar Cliffhangers Ending Every Chapter!

It has been a while since I've enjoyed a crime/mystery story as much as this one. Told through the narrative of a Denver-based newspaper reporter who became a central figure in a compelling criminal investigation, this is one you don't want to miss. If you have an interest in plausible, highly engaging crime/mystery books, this story will capture you from the very first words.

I can't reveal more of the gist of the story, because practically anything I offer would give away some element of the plot. Just know that it is an intellectually satisfying book with twists and turns that make you want to keep listening all night. Every chapter has a mini-cliffhanger that requires you to keep listening -- or you'll lie awake thinking about for hours! I was eager to get back to ithisone every time I had to put it down. Best of all, there are no gimmicky endings here! Connelly has ended the story in a way that answers questions, resolves mysteries and leaves the reader believing that this one. . .just might be true.

Add to that the fact that Buck Schirner's performance is masterful and you have a book that is very much worth the price of admission. I highly recommend it.

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  • Pam W
  • 15-08-2013

Loved this book!

Jack McEvoy's twin commits suicide, but Jack doesn't believe it, thus begins the search for the truth. And boy, what a search it becomes: a one man struggle to find out what really happened to his brother that puts his own life in danger. He's a reporter that makes a huge discovery that ends up involving the FBI with one agent in particular, Rachel Walling working closely with Jack (very closely indeed) on the case.
This is an extremely intriguing 'who done it' that kept me up til the wee hours of the morning, just to find out what would happen with the bad guy, and this one has twists and turns aplenty, even after you think the case is solved.
The narration was very good, but I did switch back and forth between listening and reading.

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  • Nigel Hill
  • 24-12-2012

A must if you are into the Harry Bosch series

This is a fantastic stand alone story. However, it is best enjoyed as a chronological part of the Harry Bosh series from the same author. My suggestion is to work your way through Michael Connelly's books by year of release not by the different character lists. Many of the characters appear in each others books and it is great to reacquaint yourself with characters you remember from previous stories. This book is by any comparison, one of the best of its genre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2018

Just finished it - didn't see the ending coming...

I've listen to other Michael Connelly books and found them to be a bit too slick. The hero is slightly too good, too clever, too lucky.
This book, however, gave me a main character with many realistic flaws. He didn't seem to spot the twist at the end anymore than I did!
Perhaps because I was a journalist for much of my professional life I can relate to this book more than some others, but I think this is one of Michael Connolly's best, and there's less blood'n'guts'n'gore, which I prefer.

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  • Allan
  • 13-04-2013

The Poet

Typical Connelly book keeps you guessing until the last minute, I have to say the narration is superb. I think a follow up to that story could have been justified. I have always considered him to be one of the best, watch that space I always say. Thoroughly reccomended.

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  • Andy Smith
  • 13-04-2013

An excellent listen

The first of a new character, Jack McEvoy, but the same superbly crafted Michael Connelly novel! I've got the Mickey Haller audibles available already and decided to take a punt on this and it's so good I've downloaded the scarecrow.

Harry Bosch series next!!!!

Superb

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  • Steph in Nottingham
  • 08-07-2016

Flashback to a different time. 1996.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book but I have to admit the explanations of how you can fax from a computer and how a digital camera works had me laughing out loud. Did we really ever live without Google? So yes it's a bit dated but still a good story with the usual twists and turns. If you can get it in a sale (as I did) it's worth a listen.

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  • Eugene
  • 23-12-2012

Magnficient Serial Killer Story

Starting off with a slow burn, then building to a complex, multi-layered investigation and pursuit, The Poet shows the depth and quality of the writing of Michael Connelly. One of the great enjoyments of the Conelly novels is the inter-linking of stories and characters across a number of books. The Poet is a serial killer to match Hannibal Lecter, and stems from the same understanding of police procedures, and with both the fascination with the killer and the pursuit that fuels the Thomas Harris novels. The Poet is the first book, and then you must move onto the conclusion in The Narrows. A well read story; emotional and fluent.

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  • Tamoui
  • 22-12-2010

creepy

Interesting story though creepy. Serial killers and peadophiles make a toxic mix but it is easier to take because the main premise seems so over the top. The reader does a good job of conveying the separate characters and their emotions.

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  • Colin
  • 16-04-2011

EXCITING AND CLEVER

A really good book, and one of the more exciting I have heard.

Well read and voiced, well paced, really a good example of an audiobook.

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  • boslon
  • 01-08-2020

A bit dated now, but still worth a read.

I've read/listened to all of the Harry Bosch books, but only recently became aware of the Jack McEvoy series. The Poet is the first in the series. I'm only about a third of the way through, but I'm enjoying it so far. As other reviewers have mentioned it is a bit dated, having been written in 1996. Still, it's Michael Connelly, always worth the time. One thing I've noticed is, despite the excellent narration, the quality of the audio recording, at least through my iPhone, is rather poor. It sounds like he is recording in a cave. Perhaps this is because it is old and the equipment wasn't so great back then.

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  • Judith
  • 18-06-2013

Michael Connelly never disappoints

Another cracking story from Michael Connelly which kept me listening even whilst shopping in the supermarket which meant I forgot most of the things I went in for! Narration was excellent too and added to the plot well.

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