By Michael Connelly
(Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780446401203, 562pp.)
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
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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.
Connelly has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team.
Crime fiction at its best.
Magnificent...a nail-biting thriller...Connelly ratchets up the tension...a reminder of why [he] is one of today's top crime authors.
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