The Poet

By Michael Connelly,

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When Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges and he soon suspects that a serial killer is at work, one who sets up his victims and leaves "suicide" notes drawn from the dark poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Michael Connelly is the immensely successful author of the Harry Bosch books, but The Poet is the first book in his much shorter Jack McEvoy series.

McEvoy is a reporter who has a penchant for chasing down serial killers, and unfortunately becoming a target as well.

The psychological horror here comes from Connelly’s exacting and precise account of who the killer, dubbed the Poet, is and how he came to be.

I discovered this along with McEvoy and came to realization that he was becoming a target before he did. It’s a long book, but I found that I did…

Mr. Connelly’s career started out as a crime beat reporter for newspapers in Florida and in Los Angeles. He’s most known for his Harry Bosch, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Renee Ballard crime novel series. But he’s also known for his Jack McEvoy, crime reporter series.

Jack McEvoy’s twin brother is found dead in his car from a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head--an Edgar Allen Poe quote smeared on the windshield. Jack doesn’t believe that his brother killed himself and while investigating, gets caught up with the FBI who are looking into a serial killer.

This was…

From Thomas' list on by and about journalists.

Mystery Thrillers: I picked up The Poet by Michael Connelly a couple decades back to read at the cabin and got introduced to the best mystery author of my generation. Quite frankly, I didn’t do much else at the cabin besides reading Connelly’s novel (crime reporter Jack McEvoy comes to realize his detective brother’s death was not a suicide after all). Since then I’ve read every Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer and Renee Ballard mystery that’s come down the pike. Nobody has pulled the rug out from under me with wonderfully delicious plot twists more than Michael Connelly. And if…

From Jeffrey's list on thriller subgenres.

A House on Liberty Street

By Neil Turner,

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Neil Turner Author Of A House on Liberty Street

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What is my book about?

Meet Tony Valenti. His high-flying corporate law career just cratered. His society marriage blew up in a bitter divorce. He's returned to the Chicago suburbs to lick his wounds and regroup in the haven of the Valenti family home. But time to heal isn't in the cards.

Tony's elderly father inexplicably shoots a sheriff's deputy on their front porch. Nobody knows why, and Papa isn't talking. Then their house becomes an unlikely target for condemnation and expropriation by corrupt local officials and their cronies.

With money and hope dwindling, Tony steps up to defend his father and take to city hall, and quickly finds himself in peril when he unearths sinister connections between the cases. The audacity of the plot against them fuels a gritty determination to get to the bottom of what really happened—regardless of the risks and ultimate cost to himself. To win, Tony must earn his father's trust and outwit his wily opponents.

A House on Liberty Street

By Neil Turner,

What is this book about?

A father. A son. A murder.

Meet Tony Valenti. His high-flying corporate law career just cratered. His society marriage blew up in a bitter divorce. He’s returned to the Chicago suburbs to lick his wounds and regroup in the haven of the Valenti family home. But time to heal isn’t in the cards.

Tony’s elderly father inexplicably shoots a sheriff’s deputy on their front porch. Nobody knows why, and Papa isn’t talking. Then their house becomes an unlikely target for condemnation and expropriation by corrupt local officials and their cronies.

With money and hope dwindling, Tony steps up to defend…


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