The Scarecrow
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The Scarecrow

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by Michael Connelly

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Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the

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Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poetmade his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.

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Jack McEvoy, the driving force of Michael Connelly's 2002 The Poet, is back. Times have not been good for this street-savvy crime journalist. Forced into an upcoming buyout by the struggling Los Angeles Times, he's determined to go out with a bang and a Pulitzer. He's certain that his ticket for fame is Alonzo Winslow, a teenage drug dealer trying to scrape his way out of a homicide and rape indictment. Eager to show how society spawned this killer, McEvoy starts probing more deeply into the case, beginning with Winslow's repudiated confession. The more he finds, the more he's convinced that the real killer is still out there.

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Little, Brown and Company
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Jack McEvoy Series, #2
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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Scarecrow 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 303 reviews.
SteveKna More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly really disappoints. All of those reviews lauding him as the greatest crime writer are outdated and in the past. He is not a great crime writer - this book is about as disjointed as a Ferrari engine running on a Ford Transmission. The two themes of the dying newspaper industry and our technology dependence did not jive with the murder plot. It was always so obvious when Connelly sprinkled in his sour opinions on the fate of newspapers, so obvious that it felt ill-placed in the book to the point that he was beating readers over the head with his viewpoints. Connelly claims to explore his characters in depth, but Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling were about as one dimensional as James Patterson's characters. In fact, at points I thought I was reading a Patterson novel. Connelly has really lost his touch. And he created a book that felt rushed to print, full of cardboard characters, unbelievable plotlines that jump around and result in more unbelievable reactions from the characters. And the book strangely just - ENDED. There was no clever wrap-up except for an epilogue that read like a Reader's Digest snippet. Leaving so many unanswered questions and so many missed opportunities to explore the plot and the characters further. Too much energy focused on the dying newspapers that at some point, you almost wanted to turn the book over, look at Connelly's picture and say to it "Who cares Connelly, GET OVER IT AND GET ON WITH YOUR BOOK!" It was also very second-rate that this book was a rip-off of JEFFERY DEAVER's The Broken Window, published a year before the Scarecrow. The similarities were so obvious and striking that the dust jackets could almost have been interchanged with readers not being able to tell the two apart. It seems as though Connelly wanted to vent on his newspaper views, then became a story idea thief and used Deaver's plot as a schematic for his poorly written, half-baked imitation. And there is no explanation on the implausible antagonist. Why he does what he does is blown over with some strange child-abuse, one paragraph mentioning. It would have been more of a story to explore this guy called Carver then to read about McEvoy and his dying newspapers, or Rachel Walling and her childish on-again off-again association with the FBI. That stuff really does not happen that way. Do your research Connelly. HERE IS A NEWSFLASH FOR ALL OF YOU PROSPECTIVE READERS: The newspapers are one their way out, and so, too, is Michael Connelly. Pathetic writing and half-baked, copied ideas make this an unsatisfying, grossly overrated book - a sin and a let down to the craft of writing. Connelly can't get it together anymore.
BellalunaCA More than 1 year ago
I have read other books of Michael Connelly's and enjoyed them a lot more than this one. This one wanders all over and it was a chore to get through. He constantly refers to his previous book the Poet, which is unnecessary in my opinion. This book is not what I expected from the title and I was disappointed in it. A lot of the plot was just plain silly, especially about the FBI agent who gets fired, and then just rehired again. So in a word, skip it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Scarecrow in one night. It was satisfying, engaging and completely forgettable. Like a potato chip, Scarecrow is a pleasure but has no nutritional value whatsoever. Also like a potato chip, it makes no promise it can't keep.
Cats505 More than 1 year ago
Actually, I did not like this book. It was too slow getting started and I lost interest in it. In fact, I never finished it and will probably give it away...
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
Connelly writes a good book and this is a good book. However the plot is pretty trite and I, for one, am getting tired of serial killers with near supernatural powers. Here we have a killer able to hack into any computer system in the world and wreak havoc. I work in the computer industry. This kind of childish fantasy just doesn't do it for me. It can't happen in the real world. But if you can sort of squinch your eyes at that kind of nonsense you do find an entertaining if overblown book. Hopefully Connelly will write a better, more believeable book the next time out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly weaves a tale of intrigue and murder using the high tech skills of a geek with a very serious personality dissorder. His murdering rampage has gone unnoticed until recent events lead a reporter to believe that there is a connection between the murder of two girls. Additional investigaion discovers that there may be many more than two, and that the common thread has been unnoticed for a very long time. Now that it has come to light, the killer has gone into high gear to cover up his trail. This book is hard to put down. There is some new twist or turn with every new page.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Connelly delivers again with one of his early characters (Jack McEvoy) now paired with Rachel Walling who we last saw with Harry Bosch. McEvoy is told he is being let go from the his paper and has two weeks to train his replacement. Jack decides that he wants to go out with a bang and happens to follow-up on a tip from the mother of teen caught up in a murder that Jack reported. As Jack starts to probe he realizes that the teen couldn't have committed the crime and may be in fact innocent. Meanwhile the scene is switching back a forth with a place called "the Farm" where two hacker types are discussing attacking people trying to get into their system and also women subjects for other purposes. When Jack's replacement does a search on a web-site it sets off an alarm to the hackers who decide that Jack and his replacement need to be eliminated. Jack tries to enlist Rachel Walling's aid, since he knew her from the Poet case. As the hackers get close to carrying out their plan Rachel and Jack must save each other and try to find out who the bad guys are. The author uses third person when writing about the hackers and in investigative reporter first person when discussing Jack. This works very effectively. The tension is high throughout and there are some parts towards the end that have the excitement of the Fugitive movie as Jack must take the bad guys out. Jack seems to be more interesting than either of Connelly's other main characters, Harry Bosch and or The Lincoln Lawyer. I am hoping for more Jack tales in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Connelly's best work. Seemed to go on forever - and usually when I like a book, I don't want it to end . . . It certainly didn't seem worth paying the price for it - wait til it hits bargain price.
mysterywomannc More than 1 year ago
I've long been a Michael Connelly fan but I particularly loved this book. My husband and I listened to it in the audio version and were spell bound. It made the trip go so much faster. The characters were believable and the story holds your interest to the very end. Highly recommend this book!
PeggyBrooks More than 1 year ago
Scarerow is typical Michael Connelly. Interesting enough to keep you reading, but not a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy Michael Connelly's books......but, this was a bit slow....good but, not up to his usual standards.
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Another great Connelly book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But from library will now be able to avoid all in future by this author. Grafic details and too many unpleasant people unpleasant scenes and no humor so why read it buska
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It was hard to put down and go to bed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi Scarecrow... i havent met u before. Of ur wllwmoons mate your my daddy! But ur not active.
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"Flashfang! Flashfang!" She chants cheerfully.*~{Moondancer}~*
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sdCo More than 1 year ago
could not put this one down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely thought provoking.