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The PoetDenver crime beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death So when his homicide detective brother kills himself McEvoy copes in. Jack McEvoy is a newspaper reporter in Denver When his twin brother Sean a homicide detective is found dead in his car by what's ruled a self inflicted gunshot Jack decides he wants to write his story But the he probes his suspicions grow about it possibly being a murder As he continues his research Jack lands himself into an FBI investigation that points to a diabolical serial killer While this case is referenced in early Harry Bosch stories Harry doesn't make an appearance here But it's important to get the background on the case origins before Harry does get involved so that's why it is part of the Harry Bosch Universe Now regarding the story This one is really different because Jack's a reporter not a detective or private investigator so he doesn't have cop instincts I had to check myself on occasion when Jack didn't react the way I thought he should have like a cop That's a tribute to Connelly because I think he got it right as a journalist In addition to Jack's first person narrative we also get the voice of the suspect which was pretty awful due to the subject matter but uite essential to the story I enjoyed this twisting and turning around the bend and back case I must admit to being a bit shocked at the ending even though I had growing suspicions The narrator was fine but I associate Buck Schirner with the Monkeewrench series so that was a distraction And he sounds older than Jack Otherwise it was a very interesting story with lots of tangents

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The only way he knows how he decides to write the story But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work a devious murder. Some things are better left unsaid so the saying goesI personally disagree with that sentiment While very few topics are considered “taboo” any a few cultural taboos still linger; subjects upon which many writers still fear to tread due to its general unpleasantness Cancer used to be taboo So did adultery and homosexuality Taboos succeed in creating an atmosphere in which feelings never get expressed and problems never get solved Taboos generally make things worsePedophilia is in some ways still a taboo subject It’s probably taboo for a good reason as the word itself is cringe worthy It stops conversations dead makes everyone feel uncomfortable and brings to mind nothing but disturbing thoughts and images It’s understandable why pedophilia is a taboo subject but it’s also important to note that it’s an issue that needs to be addressed Keeping uiet and turning a blind eye is what got the Catholic church in trouble regarding this issue so it’s not an issue that can simply be swept under the rug any Of course tactfulness and discretion is always in orderOutside of memoirs and other nonfiction pedophilia is not an issue many fiction writers are willing to tackle The few writers willing to confront the subject matter often find ways of doing it subtly; bringing it up without actually having to bring it up Those few writers who don’t tiptoe around the subject are often accused of being too “in your face” or “graphic” It’s a tough subject to deal with in writingMichael Connelly in his riveting but disturbing novel “The Poet” attempts to write about pedophilia without walking on eggshells It’s graphic and horrifying and makes the reader naturally uncomfortable which are the book’s strengths AND weaknesses I consider “The Poet” a successful failure of a novel To explain Connelly uses the subject matter of pedophilia to create a taut edge of the seat crime thriller something which he succeeds in doing He also succeeds in creating a thoroughly unpleasant read precisely because of the subject matter “The Poet” is an excellent thriller but it is not a fun readOf course I may be coming at this reading with a uniue perspective one that I did not have a year ago Indeed if I had read this book a year ago i’m sure that may appreciation for this book would have been much different What’s changedWell for one I’m now a fatherPrior to having a child I never fully appreciated or understood how truly life changing it was to become a parent nor how completely in love one person can be with another In my child’s face I see a perfect genetic blend of my wife and me I see my past and my future and I see a hope for the human race I also now understand the intense feelings of protectiveness that inherently comes with parenthood I would do anything to shelter and protect my little girl from the evils of the worldPedophiles are the natural enemies of parents They are a parent’s polar opposites Whereas parents want to nurture and see grow pedophiles want to defile and destroy Whereas parents want to keep pure pedophiles want to sully and contaminatePrior to having my child I was perhaps somewhat of a “bleeding heart” liberal and a Christian in my views toward pedophiles maybe they CAN be rehabilitated and cured of their sickness and it is the judicial system’s and the church’s duty to try Pedophiles aren’t monsters after all They are still human beings albeit flawed and most likely victims themselvesNowadays to that I say BullshitPedophiles are evil and incomprehensibly so Whatever possesses a human being to do something so ugly and inhuman to a child is beyond comprehension and beyond my sympathetic and empathetic capabilities I don’t care if they were victims themselves I no longer care or believe that they can be rehabilitated because I would never allow a known pedophile rehabilitated or otherwise anywhere near my child And despite my Judeo Christian upbringing and belief in tolerance and nonviolence I would have no hesitation or guilt in defending my daughter even if it includes killing a pedophile It frightens me to say that but it is trueIn “The Poet” one of Connelly’s characters a seasoned FBI agent named Rachel Walling expresses similar views to the protagonist Jack McEvoy He and the reader are I suppose expected to feel shocked and appalled by her statement She is after all an agent of the Law She is beholden to upholding the Law and supporting the basic moral tenet that murder is wrong and unforgivable and yet she admits to having no problems wanting to put a bullet in the brains of a pedophile I found myself surprised to feel no shock or disgust at what she was saying I whole heartedly agreed with herThere is a certain genius in Connelly’s writing talent that one is never sure how one is “supposed” to feel about anything in the book There is no manipulation of emotions He leaves it up to us the readers to bring our own sense of morality to the readingTake the protagonist Jack McEvoy for example He is a Denver journalist who after the very controversial and publicized suicide of his older brother the lead homicide detective of an investigation into the brutal murder of a young schoolteacher stumbles upon evidence that the police originally missed that confirms that his brother’s suicide was actually a murder McEvoy uickly does research that reveals a serial killer’s trail across the countryWhile his investigative skills carry the investigation the reader is never fully convinced that he is doing it for the right reasons Is he doing all this to avenge his brother or is he simply hoping to find that Big Story the one that may finally get him a Pullitzer Prize and a higher paying job as a staff reporter for a newspaper like the Chicago Tribune or the Los Angeles Times At times McAvoy seems like a good guy just trying to clear his brother’s reputation At other times he looks like a self aggrandizing asshole Connelly refrains from making any editorial judgmentThe killer himself is an interesting character study in duality At once perverted and vicious the killer’s life is gradually revealed in bits and pieces that are meant to help us understand if not necessarily sympathize with why he does what he does From an objective standpoint the killer’s life is a sad one and he appears like almost all pedophiles to have been a victim of gross sexual abuse as a child himselfFrom a subjective standpoint I didn’t give a shit I hated him and my hatred made me uncomfortable It is not a side of myself that I liked seeing Sadly this discomfort carried over to the rest of the novel tainting what I would have otherwise considered an excellent thriller Through no fault of Connelly’sI respect Connelly for not walking on eggshells and for telling it like it is I admire the fact that he was not afraid to be graphic when necessary because turning a blind eye to this kind of inhumanity is in my opinion just as dangerous as those who perpetrate this type of inhumanity While some things may very well be better left unsaid continued physical and sexual abuse of children should never be one of those things that are swept under the rug or dismissed or simply ignored because it’s “too uncomfortable” a subject matter

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Free download The Poet æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Poet Author Michael Connelly – Denver crime beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death So when his homicide detective brother kills himself McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how he decides to write the storEr who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues It's the news story of a lifetime if he can get the story without losing his li. I received a recommendation from a Goodreads member to read The Poet by Michael Connelly I am so glad I listened to their recommendationThis was an amazing novelthe best I have ever read by this talented authorJack McEvoy was a reporter for the Rocky newspaper who wrote about murder storiesDeath was his Beat Seanhis twin brothera veteran Denver Police detective was in charge into the slaying of a University student Theresa Lofton found dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot woundSean McEvoy was found in his unmarked caran apparent suicide There was a note written on the windshield that said Out of Space Out of Time But both Jack and Sean's wife Riley didn't believe that he would commit suicideIt didn't add upThen Jack decides to dig deeperand find out what really happened to his brother He joins forces with the FBI to solve the mysteryThe FBI began a manhunt for a serial killer who had claimed as many as seven homicide detectives as his victoryHe was named The Poet because he left notes containing lines of poetry from the work of Edgar Allan Poe at each murder scene disguising the deaths as suicides This was an amazing psychological thriller a serial killer on the looseIt was so well written and I was glued to the book from the beginningIf you enjoy reading mystery suspense thrillers with a twistget this book You won't be disappointed