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Paperback The Poet Book

ISBN: 1478948302

ISBN13: 9781478948308

The Poet

(Part of the Jack McEvoy (#1) Series and Harry Bosch Universe (#5) Series)

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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 With an introduction by Stephen King. 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,...

Customer Reviews

5 ratings

A Fantastic Thriller!!

I have heard of Michael Connelly, but had never read any of his novels until "The Poet" was given to me by a friend. This is one of the best thrillers I have read since "Silence of the Lambs". I was completely sucked into the world of the poet, and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. I hated to see the book drawing to a close, but I also could not wait to see where the story would take me. Connelly's writing is fantastic, and really captures the mood of the story. I found his description to people and places similar to the writing of James Lee Burke, who is also a master of this genre. This is a great introduction to Connelly's writing, and I plan on following up my reading of "The Poet" with it's sequel "The Narrows". Highly recommended for fans of great police thrillers!!

A very good book

I have just re-read "The Poet", which is the book that got me onto Michael Connelly, and I see again why I liked it the first time around. I remember thinking at the time that the ending was "Hollywood", in that it seemed that the author wanted a film made out of it. Not necessarily bad; just different. You can't expect an author to bring out perfection every time, and the variety you get from trying out these sorts of things is usually a good thing.What's good about the book? Great gritty descriptions; interesting characters; great dialogue; very interesting plot. It's the sort of thing that will captivate you if you're interested. And you have to pay attention. Some reviewers have bitched about the book, saying "people can't kill or hurt someone else while under hypnosis". That's true. But, if you read carefully, no-one in the book does. Other people complain about the ending being totally "fake" or "unpredictable". If you pay attention as you read, you'll notice a number of subtle clues that point the way. Probably too subtle for some. Re-reading this book is like watching "Basic Instinct" or "The Usual Suspects" a second time; you get a lot more out of it. And some people complain that the plot has holes -- on reflection, I can't agree. I thought it was very tightly (and very well) plotted. Things pull together at the end, not apart. The bad parts? There aren't many. ....All in all, grab this book. If you like it, or even if you like most of the book but not the ending, you will like Connelly's others.

Just as good the second time around.

It had been about five years since I first read "The Poet." At that time I thought it was the finest mystery novel I had read. That judgement still stands. I was compelled to reread it after reading Mr. Connelly's "A Darkness More Than Night," as protagonist Jack McEvoy appears in both novels.My only regret is that I did not reread "The Poet" prior to reading "ADMTN", as I had forgotten how the McEvoy character had changed and evolved as "The Poet" progressed, and was surprised to find him so cynical in "ADMTN."In any event, "The Poet" can stand stand on its own.It was impossible to relax as the plot unfolded. Trying to deduce who's the villain, is quite an exercise and keeps you guessing and constantly changing your mind. Just as challenging is figuring out who among those who appearto be allies are truly foes. It is complex, but not Byzantine.Pretty amazing that five years later I was just as hooked rereading it as I was on my initial read. Do not miss this one.

Michael Connelly is amazing!

I have read this book and BLOOD WORK and I am eager now to dive into the Harry Bosch books. THE POET is meticulously plotted, totally involving, and impossible to put down. I am beginning to like Connelly more than Jeffrey Deaver, which I thought would not be possible. This is the sort of book that you want to finish because it is so gripping, but you are so sorry when the book is over because you want to stay enthralled. Read this one for sure!

What Does A Really Creative Plot + Great Writing Equal?

The Poet! This book was really fun. While I am a fan of Connelly's Harry Bosch series, I was still able to fall for Jack McEvoy. I thought that Connelly's premise was very creative and great for bibliophiles.The killer uses Poe's literary works as a basis for his murders. What a fabulous way for Connelly to merge his genius with the brilliance of Poe - one of the genre's greats.I just could not put this one down. I found myself reading under the covers with my book light. A fun vacation from reality.
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