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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (26,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597105835
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The Poet, winner of the Dilys Award, is a riveting mystery novel by the acclaimed author Michael Connelly.

It is told from the first-person perspective of Jack McEvoy, a crime reporter who finds out his brother Sean has been killed. A homicide detective, Sean is made to look like he committed suicide, the evidence a one lined note quoting Edgar Allen Poe. It is from Poe's name where the title of the novel, and the name of the murderer comes. Suspecting this is a faked suicide, McEvoy begins his own journey investigating circumstances around his brother's murder.

Soon, a series of similar cases with dead homicide detectives leaving apparent suicide notes with quotations of Poe focus McEvoy's attention. He begins to piece together that a serial killer is involved. The FBI joins the investigation as it opens up, and a romance between McEvoy and another detective ensues. Intrigue upon intrigue are layered and McEvoy finds himself in dire straits with those he suspects of being more than what they seem.

Michael Connelly, who has been awarded every possible award for mystery writers, is author of multiple works of crime fiction and detective novels. He is also the author of The Lincoln Lawyers, which was adapted into a film starring Matthew McConaughey. All of his novels appear in the same fictional universe and there are multiple character crossovers among the novels. It was his obsession with Raymond Chandler's detective stories that inspired him to write, and he would later rent for several years Chandler's former apartment. His early writing career was spent as a journalist, one story for which he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Covering the crime beat in Florida and L.A., he kept his job as a journalist until his fourth novel was published, after which he quit to write full time.

With his four Harry Bosch novels, Michael Connelly joined "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (Los Angeles Times). Now Connelly returns with his most searing thriller yet - a major new departure that recalls the best work of Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs) and James Patterson (Along Came a Spider). Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the novel opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work - a devious cop killer who's left a coast-to-coast trail of "suicide notes" drawn from the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It's the story of a lifetime - except that "the Poet" already seems to know that Jack is trailing him. . . Here is definitive proof that Michael Connelly is among the best suspense novelist working today. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clint | 2/19/2014

    " A great who done it - kind of creapy but very hard to put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 2/15/2014

    " Picked up at Friends of Library for 10 cents. A well-written mystery with interesting characters and a complex plot. Anxious to read the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margarita | 2/12/2014

    " audiobppk "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 2/8/2014

    " Nice job, good action. The unexpected twist at the end floored me, didn't see it coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Konrade | 2/7/2014

    " This book hooked me from chapter one. Many surprising twists and turns and even a totally different ending then what you are expecting. Super suspenseful read! 600 pages went very quickly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 2/1/2014

    " This book was eerily creepy and engaging. Despite the subject matter of the story, I was enthralled from the get-go and couldn't put the book down when I got to the last 200 pages. The only downfalls were that I read The Lincoln Lawyer first which was a much better book in my opinion, and that I thought there should have been more on the ending than was there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 1/16/2014

    " Preposterous story about a newspaper reporter whose brother is dead. Is it murder or suicide? Unfolds into a story about the FBI, with reporter embedded, chasing a serial killer pedofile who uses Poe, drugs and hypnosis to lure and murder his victims. Cliched writing style. Marginally better than its sequel. No more Connelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy a/k/a LuLu Brown | 1/8/2014

    " My goal this year is to catch up with Michael Connelly. I had to read The Poet to get ready for The Narrows. Love this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hank | 1/7/2014

    " Another good read in the car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 1/3/2014

    " My dad recommended this book. Connelly is a very good story teller, but I got tired of the profanity he seems to have all his characters use. I would have rated it a 4 if the language was more in line with our everyday usage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/3/2014

    " Connelly's best! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gil | 12/26/2013

    " Not the strongest of Connelly's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Fitzsimons | 12/7/2013

    " Slow starting book but filled with some unexpected twists and turns. Very good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 11/4/2013

    " This was a great read. First book I read by Michael. Can't wait to read more....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Lybbert | 11/1/2013

    " Love Michael Connelly's books - newspaper crime reporter becomes involved in hunt for serial killer who seemingly kills one victim (usually a child) then hunts and kills the detective investigating the case. Lots of plot twists, good character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Boyden | 10/16/2013

    " This is one of my favourite books of all time...I don't know what else I can say about it, really. :') "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Darby | 2/23/2013

    " One of the darkest I've read from Connelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettynz | 1/14/2013

    " Yup. Enjoyed this a lot. Good to see what came before #2 Jack McEvoy. Quite a different feel to Harry Bosch, but still as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/21/2012

    " Loved this book. Great mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Brooks | 4/25/2012

    " Great serial killer, psychological type thriller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Reed | 2/17/2012

    " I don't usually read mysteries, but I trusted my dad's judgment on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Poen | 1/27/2012

    " I really loved this Connelly book. It is in the Jack McEvoy series, a newspaper reporter out of Denver who goes after one of the most horrible serial killers one could imagine. The plot has great unseen twists and turns that you don't see coming, even right up to the end. One of Connelly's best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geni | 12/13/2011

    " Good read if you like grisly crime thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 11/4/2011

    " What a terrific mystery! Connelly leads the reader across the USA in search of a cop killer. This is truly a masterpiece of suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 10/19/2011

    " I truly enjoyed this thriller which picks up at a good pace half way through and keeps you guessing until the end. Ready to read the next book in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemma | 9/5/2011

    " Was not prepared for the end. Good book. I still prefer the Harry Bosch series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlett | 6/9/2011

    " I read a Michael Connelly book, Lincoln Lawyer, and immediately got my kindle and started at the beginning of the list of every book ever written by Michael Connelly. I read them all in order . Some were better than others but all were at least four stars. I guess I love a good police procedural . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 5/26/2011

    " Fantastic book. Didn't see that end coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/21/2011

    " I really liked The Lincoln Lawyer, so I decided to try another novel by this author. Another good story. I'm happy that he has written so many books as I plan to make my way through them. Really good storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maja | 5/17/2011

    " It's really late here, so I'll have to write my review tomorrow.
    A big thank you to 365andMe, my dearest GR friend. I had such a great time reading this with you. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/10/2011

    " This was a great mystery. A book you won't want to put down once you start it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/4/2011

    " I couldn't put it down. The ending was good. Wonder if he'll reappear "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/19/2011

    " A great, great mystery. compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 4/12/2011

    " As if I don't already have enough issues...now, I gotta be paranoid about serial murders, pedophiles (and their contorted network), and corrupt FBI agents. Great. Just great.
    Good read, easy read, but you'll walk away a bit more leery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 4/8/2011

    " another top notch book by michael connelly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ipak | 4/5/2011

    " buku yang bagus...mengejutkan di endingnya. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 3/30/2011

    " This was my first Michael Connelly and I can't wait to read more. Very suspenseful with a few twists. "

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