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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...
21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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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!
As with all Connelly's books this has a great story line and an unseen twist. 10/10