Jack McEvoy

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Jack McEvoy
First appearance The Poet (1996)
Created by Michael Connelly
In-universe information
Full nameJohn McEvoy
SpouseKeisha Russell (divorced)
RelativesTom McAvoy (father)
Millie McAvoy (mother)
Sarah McEvoy (sister; deceased)
Sean McEvoy (twin brother)

John "Jack" McEvoy is a literary character created by Michael Connelly in the 1996 novel The Poet and starring again in the sequel the Scarecrow thirteen years later. In the interim, McEvoy appeared in one Harry Bosch novel 2001's A Darkness More Than Night and one Mickey Haller novel 2008's The Brass Verdict . McEvoy starred again in Connelly's 2020 novel Fair Warning .

Connelly describes his time writing about McEvoy as his "least favorable writing experience" [1] because "he is easily the most autobiographical character I have ever written about".

Fictional biography

Jack was born on May 21, 1961, the son of Millie and Tom McEvoy, the twin brother of Sean McEvoy, the younger brother of Sarah McEvoy (who died in 1976), and the brother-in-law of Riley McEvoy. He grew up in Colorado before going to college at the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. After college, he traveled to Paris, then returned to Colorado and took a position covering the murder beat for the Rocky Mountain News .

He moved to Los Angeles in the late-1990s and covered the crime beat for the Times . While at the Times, he married and subsequently divorced fellow journalist Keisha Russell, who had previously appeared in Connelly's 1995 novel The Last Coyote .

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  1. "Michael Connelly Author Interview". MysteryNet.com. Retrieved February 21, 2011.