“The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau
Some call him friend or boss.
Some call him husband or dad.
Some call him son, even a favorite son.
But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet.
A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims.
One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
It hasn’t been too long since I finished Lisa Renee Jones’s Brilliance Trilogy. A Reckless Note, A Wicked Song and A Sinful Encore blew me away. The writing was melodic without being overly flowery – that’s the best way to describe it, for me anyway. The Poet didn’t have the same feel, but it totally fit Jazz and her personality. It was also far removed from anything else I’ve read by this author and it left me impressed.
The Poet falls into the mystery suspense genre with pretty much no romance. Even though Jazz has a romantic connection with one of the characters, the real story is the tension and connection between Jazz and the Poet. Readers are given glimpses into the mind of the Poet, which doesn’t really help in figuring out exactly who he is. With each killing it becomes obvious that there is more than a “cop” vs. “killer” connection. There’s a personal connection that Jazz has to figure out before someone close to her becomes the next victim.
This is a book that definitely kept the pages turning. It didn’t become obvious who the Poet was until near the end. The Poet didn’t make mistakes. He had an agenda and he wouldn’t stop until he got what he wanted.
I’m looking forward to more from Lisa Renee Jones and I was happy to find out that The Poet was just the beginning of the Samantha Jazz series. In the meantime, I still have some backtracking to do with her other series. 😉