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    • ISBN:9781409111016
    • Publication date:23 Dec 2009

The Poet

By Michael Connelly

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A cunning, poetry-quoting serial killer of unprecedented savagery executes one homicide cop after another . . . An unputdownable thriller from the award-winning No. 1 bestselling author

The apparent suicide of his policeman brother sets Denver crime reporter Jack McEvoy on edge. Surprise at the circumstances of his brother's death prompts Jack to look into a whole series of police suicides, and puts him on the trail of a cop killer whose victims are selected all too carefully. Not only that, but they all leave suicide notes drawn from the poems of writer Edgar Allan Poe in their wake.

More frightening still, the killer appears to know that Jack is getting nearer and nearer. An investigation that looks like the story of a lifetime might also be Jack's ticket to a lonely end.

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  • ISBN: 9781409157311
  • Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
  • Page count: 512
  • Imprint: Orion
A suspense novel by a master of the genre. Once you're 50 pages in, I defy you to put it down — Stephen King
Connelly is a crime writing genius — INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
His methods of killing and eluding detection are infernally ingenious, adding an intellectual charge to the visceral kick of the hunt — NEW YORK TIMES
While the themes of Connelly's LA crime novels are familiar (power, envy, corruption), his plotting is anything but — ESQUIRE
No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly — TIME OUT
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