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review 2018-03-25 07:21
Jack the Journalist found his brother's killer
The Poet - Michael Connelly

Jack McEvoy had a brother Sean, his twin, who was a cop.


He killed himself in a car. Only Jack had a hard time believing that.


So he started his own investigation as a journalist, to write the story, in trying to find his brother's killer. 


Rachel is a FBI agent who tried to find out what Jack's got.


And he got something that lead the FBI to investigate other cop suicides similar to his brother. And then convinced that instead of killing themselves, someone else has murdered him.


The story also lead to pedophiles. The killing is in pair. A child was abused and both the child and his abuser got killed. 


Rachel is working with Jack, that got Rachel's ex, who is a FBI agent, pissed at Jack.


The story got twist. Who is the killer and how to find him.


There were some luck breaks. One is someone broken in the killer's car, and stolen a radio. Now the radio would be traced back to the car model.


The technology used are old, like fax and modem, and paid phone. The story would be different with the current technology. 


That's did't change the story. Still really good. Especially putting Jack on the spot on who to trust. And the delicate relations between the journalists and the cops. 


5 stars read.  

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text 2018-03-20 07:45
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 510 pages.
The Poet - Michael Connelly

Now he found there was a case similar to his brother. He started to doubt if his brother has killed himself or someone killed him.


Creepy. Not a lot of support for this case. The link is the poem that the victims left behind. 

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text 2018-03-09 04:14
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 510 pages.
The Poet - Michael Connelly

Jack is a crime reporter. His twin brother Sean killed himself.


Jack has a hard time accepting that his brother committed suicide. So he started looking at his brother's dead. Sean was a cop and Jack believed that his brother might have committed suicide because of his last case. 


A woman was killed and cut in two. That's the case his brother was working on before his death. And on the day he died, he had an appointment with an informer. 


Who is this informer? Going to find out soon. 

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review 2018-01-19 15:30
"The Poet", by Michael Connelly
The Poet - Michael Connelly

Book #1 in the Jack McEvoy series

Not surprising Mr. Connelly is a bestselling author. “The Poet” is an intense and captivating mystery of a reporter’s single-minded pursuit of the serial killer who murdered his twin. This was his first departure from his crime novels featuring Harry Bosch, we all came to know very well. This novel was published in 1996 and won the Anthony Award and the Dilys Award the following year. Why did I take so long to read it? (Too many books on my TBR list).

The story is told mainly in the first person narrative from the perspective of reporter Jack McEvoy and his nemesis the mysterious character named “Eidolon”, Mr. Connelly switches to the third person when the story is told from the view point of Gladden, the pedophile. The transition from one character to the other is professionally done and very smooth. I really like how Michael Connelly takes us into the world of reporting. His experience as a former writer for a newspaper makes the reporter stuff such as deadlines and chasing down leads sound so authentic. Being written a long time ago makes some of the technology outdated but if you were around then you will definitely remember the phone booth, the sound of a modem dialing…a bit of nostalgia…does no harm…

Of course death is at the heart of this novel. A serial killer is at large, his target: homicide cops and the killer’s calling card is a quotation from the woks of Edgar Poe. When Jack decides that the best way to exorcise his grief is by writing a feature on police suicides he soon finds himself involved in an FBI investigation of a serial killer referred to as the Poet….Jack meets Rachael Walling, the lead investigator.

This is a page-turner I had a hard time to put down so captivated I was to see how Jack would manage to pull through the intricate web of conspiracy he found himself in. The mystery has great characterization, a plot line that moves along at a steady pace, rich and colourful narration and strong dialogue. No wonder this was and still is a winner.

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Writing is the light of imagination playing over shadow of thoughts

The Little Book of Muses


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