FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY BOSCH AND LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES
An electrifying standalone thriller that breaks all the rules! With an introduction by Stephen King.
Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his calling, his obsession. But this time, death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write--and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. His targets: homicide cops, each haunted by a murder case he couldn't crack. The killer's calling card: a quotation from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. His latest victim is McEvoy's own brother. And his last...may be McEvoy himself.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s nobody better qualified to investigate the deadly crimes that make splashy headlines than the guy who writes about them. Jack McEvoy, a crime reporter, stars in this gripping series from crime master Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller books. In book one, we learn that Jack’s twin brother, Sean, a Denver homicide detective, has just committed suicide, shaking the journalist to his core. The explanation for Sean’s death doesn’t add up, leading Jack to launch his own investigation—one that could cost him his job, or even his life. This emotionally intense and suspenseful thriller features a wonderfully suspicious cast, including crooked FBI agents, a horrific network of pedophiles, and possibly even a serial killer. Jack may have what it takes to survive the plot’s twisted maze, but we have a feeling that the echoes of this first investigation will haunt him for many books to come.
In a departure from his crime novels featuring LAPD's Harry Bosch, Connelly (The Last Coyote) sets Denver journalist Jack McEvoy on an intricate case where age-old evils come to flower within Internet technology. Jack's twin brother, Sean, a Denver homicide detective obsessed with the mutilation murder of a young woman, is discovered in his car, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, with a cryptic note written on the windshield. Jack's investigation uncovers a series of cop suicides across the country, all of which have in common both the cops' deep concerns over recent cases and their last messages, which have been taken, he quickly determines, from the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. As his information reopens cases in Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas, New Mexico and Florida, Jack joins up with a team from the FBI's Behavioral Science Section, which includes sharp, attractive agent Rachel Walling. Connections between the dead cops, the cases they were working on and the FBI profile of a pedophile whom readers know as William Gladden occur at breakneck speed, as Jack and the team race to stay ahead of the media. Edgar-winning Connelly keeps a surprise up his sleeve until the very end of this authoritatively orchestrated thriller, when Jack finds himself in California, caught at the center of an intricate web woven from advanced computer technology and more elemental drives.
Keeping in Connelly style
Though this story starts out interesting, it lags a little in the middle of the first half. That said, the ending is so twisty and unexpected that it kept me up half the night to finish it. I have enjoyed every single one of the Bosch series, Haller series and now McEvoy is not a disappointment either. This book hit every sweet spot of serial killer vibes and truly brought the element of surprise.
This isn’t a new book and glad I came across it. Very, very good read.
I could not put the book down. So much going on !! Very well written!