The Poet (Jack McEvoy #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Jack McEvoy series.

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Jack McEvoy is a Denver Colorado reporter, his beat is Death, when violence visits, Jack is the man to put it to words. 

His twin, Sean, is a hot cop in the homicide division.  The brutal murder of a young woman shocks the Rocky Mountain town; the killing mimics the grisly details of LA’s famous Black Dahlia killing. Jack wants to write the story, figures he has an in with a homicide cop, but when Sean refuses to talk it causes a rift between the brothers. 

So Jack didn’t realize how depressed his brother was when months later they had no viable lead.  He is taken completely by surprise when the cops show up at his door, to have him come along and break the news to Sean’s wife that her husband won’t be coming home anymore.  Sean drove up to Estes Park by the lake, the same lake that claimed his sister long ago, took his service revolver and ended his life.

The rift between the brothers was not deep; it would have mended given a little time.  For Jack, the best way to honor his brother is to write about him.  As he delves deeply into the circumstances he makes a startling discovery.  A number of homicide cops have died in eerily similar circumstances. 

Jack’s digging will take him from Denver to Chicago and on to Washington DC where he will meet Rachel Walling, a formidable, determined FBI agent.  The story will head on to other cities as they continue with their grisly discoveries.  This is an edge of your seat thriller with surprising twists and turns.

— Deon Stonehouse



An electrifying standalone thriller that breaks all the rules! With an introduction by Stephen King.

Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his calling, his obsession. But this time, death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write--and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. His targets: homicide cops, each haunted by a murder case he couldn't crack. The killer's calling card: a quotation from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. His latest victim is McEvoy's own brother. And his last...may be McEvoy himself.

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers including The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Praise For…

"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

"TERRIFYINGLY REALISTIC....Connelly's plotting is near flawless....THE POET ranks with Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs."

-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478948308
ISBN-10: 1478948302
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 656
Language: English
Series: Jack McEvoy