Book thirty-four in 2012 – “The Poet” – Michael Connelly

I began “The Poet” the night I finished “The Australian Trilogy”. What a relief it was to get back to some good ol’ Michael Connelly! I had really gotten stuck in reading his books because I couldn’t get my hands on an unabridged copy of the sixth book in the Harry Bosch series. I read book one of the Mickey Haller series but when I went to get the second book, I discovered that it’s also a later book in the Bosch Series. That one book had really caused me grief since Michael Connelly has quickly become my favorite crime writer.

“The Poet” is a book all on its own though, so I was able to indulge. I enjoyed this book. It’s not one of my favorites by Connelly but it was still highly entertaining since it was Connelly. See how much I love him? I had to laugh while chatting with my friend JB last night about this book because he loved it. I just liked it. Just like I loved “Void Moon” and he just liked it. I read that back before I started a book list. I no longer have the copy he had sent on CD so I need to get it from Audible. Michael Connelly is one of those authors I have to collect.

Back to “The Poet”. These books are difficult to write about and not give anything away. This was different in the sense that we were in the head of a newspaper reporter and not a detective. The reporter begins to investigate a series of detective suicides. The detectives who “ate their guns” were all investigating an unsolved crime that consumed them. How strange then, that each one left an Edgar Allen Poe quote in his suicide noteā€¦

The premise for this book was different. I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, but I predicted too much of the story. One of the things I like about Connelly is how he makes you think you’ve solved it only to make you think you didn’t and then sometimes it turns out you did. I normally doubt myself when reading his books. In this one though, I didn’t. I doubted him at one point thinking to myself, “Connelly, really? You did this in that other book in the Bosch series though. Are you really gonna pull that again?” I knew he wouldn’t, so therefore I predicted what happened. I guess that was still pretty cool though, to know an author well, know he respects all his characters, know he wouldn’t turn this one into that one. Know what I mean? I’ve probably lost you. It’s hard to write about Connelly books without giving any details!

I am happy to report that I got my hands on that unabridged book that had me stuck, so there will be more Harry Bosch reviews coming soon!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30. “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” – Michael Connelly – Finished 829/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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