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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 April 2009)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 140911693X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116936
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons

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A suspense novel by a master of the genre. Once you're 50 pages in, I defy you to put it down (STEPHEN KING THE TIMES)

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A cunning, poet-quoting serial killer of unprecedented savagery executes one homicide cop after another... An unputdownable thriller from the award-winning No.1 bestselling author

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 13 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Connelly breaks away from his highly-accomplished Bosch series to tell the tale of a reporter Jack McEvoy who's brother (a detective) has apparently taken his own life. McEvoy eventually works out it was homicide, sees links to other suspicious cases and convinces the FBI there's a serial killer at work (lines from poems by Edgar Allan Poe are found on all the victims - hence the nickname) He then inveigles his way into the investigation.

The story fairly rattles along giving good insight into the world of tabloid reporters,as well as the skills used in the Bureau task force. Tension builds up nicely as the force gets closer to the killer, and twists and false trails abound.Many of these are predictable, and the ending is a little too convenient. Despite obvious cliches this is still a very good read and is strongly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anna Heelas on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed 'The Poet' because it had a very strong 'can't put downable' quality. It had a fast pace and it was exciting to read.

'The poet' was the second book I read written by Michael Connelly (the first being 'The Lincoln Lawyer') because having read one of his books, I concluded that he wrote well. In this sense, 'The Poet' didn't dissappoint. Connelly writes clearly and is able to keep the reader in suspense throughout the book. Connelly creates characters and their personalities well - he gives the characters that 'likeable' quality - which adds to the story. The plot is exciting and is clear enough to be understandable but is still able to suprise the reader, using twists and turns.

I enjoyed reading 'The poet' - it entertained me and was able to do so throughout the book (despite the fact that it is fairly lengthy, I was kept in suspense throughtout). I would reccomend this book to people who enjoy thrillers and books with a fast pace. Perhaps people who are keen on James Patterson but maybe feel like 'slight change of scenary!'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. H. Stokes on 14 July 2004
Format: Paperback
constantly changing direction of thought for both the hero of the novel and the reader. It is one of those books that gets you inside the head of the main character and really care what happens to both himself and his colleagues as well as giving you a desperate urge to join him in catching the baddie.
Connelly is very similar, and in my view, an equal writer to Kellerman. His plots thicken and make their way to almost unbelievable endings.
The poet is right up there with his best works. However, I still rate 'concrete blonde' as his finest piece. If you have never read Connelly, I suggest you start right now.
Incidentally, this book even has a sequel with a real twist at the end!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Oct. 2010
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I was really enjoying this book. It was well written with interesting characters and I was loving the Edgar Allen Poe part to the plot. Then the story wrapped itself up and there was still 5 chapters to read. I wish that I had stopped reading right there. The big twist, which I won't give away, completely ruined the book for me. It just didn't fit. The complex plot was suddenly thrown away for a ridiculous ending that was completely alien to the first three quarters of the novel. This was the first Micheal Connelly book that I've read and I don't think that I will buy another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bigbear_666 on 2 Dec. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the excellent Lincoln Lawyer, I decided to start from the beginning and read the authors books in chronological order. The Poet is the fifth book by Micheal Connelly. While I didn't dislike this book, it's actually a pretty darn good yarn, I didn't love it. It's not as pacy as the Bosch books, but isn't that point? The Poet is differently paced and written to the Harry Bosch books because its something totally different.

As I have said I did enjoy this book. I felt that the storyline was really interesting with some great characters. Most of the book is told in first person via the main character, McEvoy, but it does alternate with the main 'villain' of the story, Gladden. These passages actually gave a really good variation of pace and perspective to the story. There are some really dire moments in the form of a couple of cringeworthy sex scenes, but thankfully these are few and far between! Another criticism that I have noticed from other reviews is the final twists. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone but I actually thought they were very good, yes, you do see one of them coming a mile off and the final twist may be too much for some, it made me laugh....in a good way, but most importantly it's entertaining. I'm sure Mr. Connelly will write another book featuring McEvoy, that will tie everything up.....what?...he has? Brilliant.

like I said I've started from the beginning of his books, so I've got quite a few more Bosch books to get through before I get to the Scarecrow. But all in all a very good read and one that I would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2009
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You know how some artists do their best work in their early years and then become pale shadows of themselves in later years? It hasn't happened to Michael Connelly. In fact I'd say the reverse is true. "The Poet" was published in 1996 and the other 4 Connelly books I've read are from 2006 onwards. So it was quite a shock when I expected the same frenetic pacing and superb writing Connelly has shown in recent books to be completely absent in this, one of his best loved books. His latest "The Scarecrow" is the second book to feature Jack McEvoy, the hero of "The Poet", and was a fantastic, gripping read, paced well, written convincingly, and was a joy.

"The Poet" is a bulkier book at around 480 pages compared to his usual count of 400 pages but feels much longer. McEvoy plods through police reports, interviews with witnesses and colleagues, before meeting up with the FBI and Agent Rachel Walling. From there is a similarly slow moving "chase" across the country to find "The Poet" before he kills again.

The book hasn't dated well either. Many references to modems, asking receptionists to do searches through archives (the days before Google - how did we manage?), pagers (before the widespread use of cell phones), all show the mid 90s era of it. It's not really a bad thing, it's quite quaint, but it does take you out of the story and at times is unintentionally humourous.

One of the things I noticed was that in the 21st century Connelly, he doesn't bother with sex scenes. A simple sentence "And then they made love" suffices in recent books like "Echo Park" (2006) and "The Scarecrow" (2009) whereas in "The Poet" we get agonisingly bad sex scenes with descriptions of "from here to eternity kisses" (p.
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