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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Dec 31, 2020

THE POET is part of a 3 book series (so far) featuring a crime reporter. I read the third in my the series before reading THE POET, which is the first of the three. I have yet to read the second one.

I actually liked FAIR WARNING much more than THE POET. Don't get me wrong, THE POET, just like all of Connelly' s many books is an excellent police procedural, well thought out and logical. It is nor quite as believable as FAIR WARNING.

THE POET goes on a little bit two long and tries to do too much, turning one serial murder case into a series of murders that involve multiple murderers and rouge FBI agents. It starts with a bang and is an excellent read most of the way through, until the final chapters.

The wrap-up will require you to suspend belief and accept a conclusion that feels rushed.

THE POET is still an excellent read and worth every page, but Connolly has since gone on to write much better books, since THE POET was publisged.

JCLHilaryS Nov 09, 2020

Jack McEvoy is a reporter who writes a crime feature focused on murder for a Denver newspaper. When his twin brother, a Denver detective, is found dead by apparent suicide, Jack endeavors to come to terms with his brother’s actions, only to end up convincing himself, the local PD and the FBI that it’s murder. Jack finagles his way into the FBI investigation as a way to get an exclusive on the story, and ends up becoming part of the story, instead. It initially moves a little slower and builds momentum throughout to the violent ending. As reader’s have come to expect, Connelly brings us a well developed character, a dynamic crime spree and a twist in the ending. Reading it, one wonders when the character will come across Harry Bosch and connect the characters, as Connelly has eventually done with both the Mickey Haller and Renee Ballard books.

Oct 26, 2020

Agree with comment from ThomE51, this is a long book and gets a bit wordy. Took me a bit to get used to the flipping sections from the main character to the criminal. This is the first of a non-connected trilogy, The Poet, Scarecrow and Fair Warning. All with the same main character and all with the sections alternate by who is telling the story. Very different but also very enjoyable from the normal Harry Bosch type stories.

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. He also weaves Edgar Allan Poe into the story as a way to give clues to the murders and/or subsequent killings. 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!!

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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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