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!