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The Poet (Jack McEvoy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"TERRIFYINGLY REALISTIC....Connelly's plotting is near flawless....THE POET ranks with Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs." ---Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Prepare to be played like a violin. Connelly writes suspense out of every possible aspect of Jack's obsessive hunt for his brother's killer." ---Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B006MPKE6M
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1163 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 512 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,683 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My four stars was for the drawn out length...
Bravo again and Well done for Michael.
I really enjoyed this book , the only criticism is that there were too many miraculous turnarounds in peoples attitudes towards Jack, when it looked like all was lost as far as Jack was concerned.
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There is something good about a story if it lingers in your mind after you finish reading it. This was the case for this first book in the Jack McEvoy series, and some.
Jack is a hot shot reporter in Colorado whose twin brother Sean happens to be a homicide detective in Denver. The book starts with Sean's colleagues breaking the terrible news that Sean is dead: a suicide. Sean had been investigating the homicide of an attractive young woman and it was assumed by all the failure to track down the 'doer' had contributed to Sean taking his own life.
The subject of police suicides, especially homicide detectives, becomes Jack's driving obsession. He needs answers. Those answers lead him to other 'suspicious' cop suicides and the discovery of a foundation in Washington DC that collects statistics on such deaths. Jack goes on to find out facts tending to show many of these suicides were in fact homicides, including the killing of his twin brother.
So far, Jack's character is written in first person by Connelly, then it changes to third person with the introduction of a new character: William Gladden, a paedophile. The story really takes off from here with Jack first of all convincing his brother's former detective buddies that it was not a suicide at all. Shortly after, the FBI enter the ring with Jack being allowed to stay in the loop as an observer.
What follows is one heck of a story masterfully told at a great pace with a love interest and more than one red herring (no spoilers from me). I am not so sure about the ending. In another book written by many authors, it could have been a 'no-no' for me but this author pulls it off.