Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Poet

The Poet by Michael Connelly

Jack McEvoy is a journalist based in Denver. He is able to pick the stories he works on, which are usually murder stories in more depth. His next story is the story of his brother's suicide. Sean McEvoy was a cop and his suicide is thought to be because of a particularly troubling murder case Sean couldn't solve.

Jack starts to research policemen's suicides and comes up with the troubling coincidence of deaths very similar to his brother's right down to the detail of a Edgar Allan Poe quotation as a suicide note.

Jack is able to 'blackmail' the FBI to be included in the investigation all over the country.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery although I knew what was coming in part because I had read The Narrows previously. Jack McEvoy is not quite as 'great' as Harry Bosch but still a credible character. I think I didn't enjoy Jack as much as Jack doesn't seem to have the integrity and morals of Bosch. This is still a great mystery. I just recommend reading this before The Narrows

First Line: "Death is my beat."


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