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The Poet by Michael Connelly
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Jul 21, 2009

did not like it
Read in July, 2009

My love affair with Michael Connelly ends.

The plot leaves so many threads unresolved that it feels like Connelly just cheated. I usually don't notice things like this, so it must be pretty egregious.

Whatever speaks to me about Harry Bosch, Jack McEvoy ain't got it. I think the Bosch books work better because the mysteries are so intertwined with Bosch's experiences. There's an attempt to set up the same situation here with McEvoy's sister, but it fell flat for me.

Finally, the book is about a pedophile, which is an automatic one-star deduction.

On an unrelated note, it's fun to read books written between 1993 and 2000. Before '93, authors could pretty much ignore cell phones and the internet. After '00 you have to assume that Google exists. In between is a netherworld. This book breathlessly describes digital cameras and email like the reader might not know what they are. To find out of a phrase exists in a Poe poem, McEvoy has to stay up all night reading Poe! Crazy stuff.

I wonder if disliking this book will affect my reading of the next Bosch book. We shall see!
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Becky C. Hennessy Bravo -- agree with your review!


Michael If this was your first Connelly book, I definitely recommend going with the Bosch series from the start! Much better than this weak, weak effort.


Becky C. Hennessy Michael: Hi -- yes, I've heard that. As such, earlier today I downloaded The Black Box to my iPad.

Connelly's a solid writer, but I do resent a lazy effort. I've felt that about John Grisham's later books and won't read him anymore as a result.

Thanks again for the good review. I'm newly back to Goodreads and hope to contribute more reviews than I have been!


William I agree 100% with you. See my review.

With the exception of the book with Terry McCaleb (Darkness More Than Night ), read the Bosch books in sequence for a truly wonderful ride. 5-Stars mostly.


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