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Le Poète by Michael Connelly
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Le Poète (original 1996; edition 2011)

by Michael Connelly, Jean Esch (Traduction)

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Title:Le Poète
Authors:Michael Connelly
Other authors:Jean Esch (Traduction)
Info:Pointdeux Editions (2011), Poche, 981 pages
Collections:Audiolivres, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Connelly, audiolivre, 2012, littérature 21e, policier

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The Poet by Michael Connelly (1996)

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This was Michael Connelly's fifth novel and the first not to feature Heironymus 'Harry' Bosch. The protagonist is, instead Jack McEvoy, crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain. 'Death is my beat' he announces, opening the novel. This is a sombre reflection as he has just learned of the death by suicide of his identical twin brother, a homicide detective based in Denver. The apparent explanation is Detective McEvoy's increasing frustration at his failure to solve the brutal murder of a local student.

As a form of distraction from his grief, Jack starts looking into the incidence of police suicides. His researches uncover a surprisingly large number of police officer suicides, with a disproportionate preponderance of homicide detectives among them. Closer analysis revealed alarming similarities among many of these cases, including some unexpected aspects of the suicide notes that were left. Upon his return to work after compassionate leave, McEvoy convinced his editor to let him look into the issue in more depth, with a view to running a feature on it in a forthcoming weekend edition of the paper.

As his investigation gains pace McEvoy becomes increasingly convinced that his brother had in fact been murdered. Having amassed his evidence he is able to convince the FBI that there may be some substance to his theory, and they begin a full scale investigation. Meanwhile the story flits back to William Gladden, a previously-convicted paedophile who has been released and has broken his probation.

Connelly builds the tension very effectively, taking time to develop the various characters both within the FBI team and also William Gladden. The progress of the story is reminiscent of Thomas Harris's 'Silence of the Lambs', but is managed even more deftly and plausibly. The denouement is particularly well crafted, with red herrings a-plenty. ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 19, 2015 |
Angus and Robertson Top 100 (2006 - 2008) Book #99
This is the first time I have read a Michael Connelly book. It is a crime fiction which is very much the genre that I enjoy to read the most. This one was no different, and I enjoyed the pace and storyline of this book. I will be reading more of his books in the future. ( )
  amme_mr | May 1, 2015 |
Interesting until the last page - a killer who leaves poetic clues along the way....
  Jjean7 | Mar 10, 2015 |
I liked the Scarecrow better than the Poet; possibly because Peter Giles is a much better performer than Buck Schirner(he was very blah).

The hero Jack McEvoy with Rocky Mountain News, a crime-beat reporter has just learned his twin brother-Denver homicide detective has killed himself (or so it appears). But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work--a devious murderer who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It's the news story of a lifetime, if he can get the story without losing his life. The serial murderer -a devious cop killer who is leaving a coast to coast trial of suicide notes drawn from the poems of Edgar Allen Poe. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
It begins poorly but somewhere between fifty and one-hundred pages Connelly finds the mindset and writing voice that he used in Lost Light and it becomes an excellent novel. I wish he would write more novels in first person; when he does the results make him the best noir crime fiction police procedural writer of his time. ( )
  DinoReader | Aug 21, 2014 |
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Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work - a devious cop killer who's left a coast-to-coast trail of "suicide notes" drawn from the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It's the story of a lifetime - except that "the Poet" already seems to know that Jack is trailing him. . .
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Jack McEvoy is a Denver crime reporter with the stickiest assignment of his career. His twin brother, homicide detective Sean McEvoy, was found dead in his car from a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head--an Edgar Allen Poe quote smeared on the windshield. Jack is going to write the story. The problem is that Jack doesn't believe that his brother killed himself, and the more information he uncovers, the more it looks like Sean's death was the work of a serial killer. Jack's research turns up similar cases in cities across the country, and within days, he's sucked into an intense FBI investigation of an Internet pedophile who may also be a cop killer nicknamed the Poet. It's only a matter of time before the Poet kills again, and as Jack and the FBI team struggle to stay ahead of him, the killer moves in, dangerously close.

In a break from his Harry Bosch novels--including The Concrete Blonde and The Last Coyote--Edgar-winning novelist Michael Connelly creates a new hero who is a lot greener but no less believable. The Poet will keep readers holding their breath until the very end: the characters are multilayered, the plot compelling, and the denouement a true surprise. Connelly fans will not be disappointed. --Mara Friedman

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When Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter, hears of his twin brother's suicide, he begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides. He soon decides the death is the work of a serial killer.

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