Michael Connelly’s The Poet-Jack McEvoy 1

Overview: Jack McEvoy has walked into a nightmare. His identical twin, Sean, has apparently committed suicide. What’s a reporter to do in order to make sense of it all? Doing an article on his detective brother ought to help. Too bad that his search into what happened, and other police suicides, has thrown a wrench into several lives. Who would have thought that there was a serial killer was masking his or her crimes behind the veil of suicide? The lines from Edgar Allen Poe should have been a major clue.

Story Telling: This would definitely be a thriller. So far, only Harry Bosch novels seem to be from the third person view. We get to take up space in Jack’s head, and we seem to have plenty of room.

Likes: We got to spend some time with a few amazing cops. And then there’s Bledsoe. He was willing to risk his job in order to take care of his partner’s wife.

Dislikes: This is an easy one. Rachel Walling is not someone that I would be able to trust to do me a favor. She can be charming one moment, as she was capable of portraying many times in this novel, and out for the kill the next–also portrayed several times. My biggest problem was the way she treated people. Sometimes it seemed like she lied for her own entertainment. She played people and seemed to think the Bill of Rights, in particular the First Amendment, was little more than a list of suggestions. Things that she could use for her benefit, and then discard when they no longer benefited her cause.

Favorite Character: Gordon Thorson had a good heart. Too bad he was still in love with his ex-wife. He was willing to offer good advice, and–in my opinion–he tried to save what lives he could.

Favorite Quote: Now, I don’t know how accurate this agent is, as I have yet to read any of Mr. Poe’s works. ““I’ll tell you why,” said an agent sitting at the far end of the table. “Poe was a morbid asshole, and so is our guy.”” Pardon his language.

Favorite Scene: One of the best parts of the book was the day Jack spent with Thorson. Especially, when they went to get the files from the Santa Monica Division.

Conclusion: This novel wasn’t as fun as Harry’s or Mickey’s stories, but it is important to Mr. Connelly’s world. After all, I don’t want to be lost by the time my reading partner and I reach “The Narrows.”


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