Publication Date: February 2010
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The instant #1 bestseller from author Michael Connelly--"the best mystery writer in the world" (GQ)--brings back the hero of The Poet in a terrifying new thriller.
Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.
He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.
Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.
Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well as The Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Lincoln Lawyer. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
Connelly has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team.—New York Times Book Review
Ingenious...twisted brilliance.—Washington Post
Crime fiction at its best.—Miami Herald
High-grade entertainment.—Boston Globe
Magnificent...a nail-biting thriller...Connelly ratchets up the tension...a reminder of why [he] is one of today's top crime authors.—Publishers Weekly
Infernally ingenious...an irresistibly readable thriller.—New York Times on The Poet
Pulse-pounding...Connelly is one of those masters of structure who can keep driving the story forward, paragraph by paragraph, in runaway-locomotive style.—USA Today on The Poet
Showcases Connelly's powerful storytelling...one terrific novel.—Houston Chronicle on The Poet
This guy writes commercial fiction so well, he's going to end up on the "literature" shelves along with Poe if he plays his cards right, and here's one reader who hopes he does.—Los Angeles Times on The Poet